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Conservation Connection e-blast - January 31, 2012

Conservation Connection e-blast

Conservation Connection e-blast...the latest news from NRCS Massachusetts and our partners

NRCS funding available for wetland protection and habitat improvement projects in Massachusetts

wetlandThe USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced a funding opportunity for wetland protection, restoration and enhancement activities on eligible lands in Massachusetts. Proposals for projects are due by February 10, 2012. Funding comes through the agency's Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP), with up to $17 million available nationwide.

Massachusetts state and local governments, nongovernmental organizations and tribes may apply for federal farmland protection program

farmlandThe Massachusetts state office of the United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service is now accepting applications from state and local units of government, federally recognized Tribes, and non-governmental organizations for the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP). FRPP provides up to 50 percent matching funding for the purchase of conservation easements on agricultural lands. Applications are due Monday, April 2.

From the Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project Blog:

Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project graphicWater gets cleaner beneath your feet at Duck Creek, Wellfleet

One of the most photographed sites on Cape Cod is Uncle Tim's bridge in Wellfleet. Few people know however that the water quality under this bridge has been affected by the nearby roads and parking lots. Like many asphalt roads and parking lots near open water, the streets have been channeling untreated surface water - stormwater - into Duck Creek because of their large impervious surface areas. Stormwater usually carries contaminants such as fertilizer and bacteria that flow directly into surface water if not first caught and filtered. Read how water is getting cleaner through a stormwater improvement project under these Wellfleet streets and see a video slideshow of how the project evolved.

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NRCS Massachusetts State Office: 451 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002 | 413-253-4350 | fax 413-253-4395 |  

Christine S. Clarke, State Conservationist

Massachusetts Conservation Connection editor: Diane Baedeker Petit, Public Affairs Officer

NRCS field offices are located at USDA Service Centers in Barnstable, Greenfield, Hadley, Holden, Pittsfield, Westford and West Wareham.
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