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Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)

Staff Contact: Sally Griffith-Kepfer, State Resource Conservationist
Phone: (302) 678-4182
FAX: (302) 678-0843

The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program is a cooperative program between USDA and State Government to improve and protect water quality of streams and wildlife habitat in the watersheds of the Chesapeake, Delaware and Inland Bays.  Annual rental and cost-share payments are paid by both USDA and the State (DNREC-NPS) on 10-15 year contracts. Five practices are offered under the Delaware CREP: Hardwood tree planting, wildlife habitat, grassed filter strips, riparian buffers, and wetland restoration. These practices must adjoin impaired streams or contributing drainage ditches in designated project areas.