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Conservation Connection e-blast - May 21, 2012

Conservation Connection e-blast

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

NRCS announces National Water Quality Initiative in Massachusetts

Rehoboth, Mass. farmlandState Conservationist Christine Clarke has announced the launch of a new National Water Quality Initiative committed to improving the Palmer River, an impaired waterway in southeastern Massachusetts, one of 157 targeted watersheds nationwide. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will manage the initiative by making funds available to farmers and forest landowners in the selected watersheds. Farmers located in the Palmer River watershed in southeastern Mass. should apply by June 15.

Local high school students take top honors at 25th Annual Massachusetts Envirothon

A team at the Soils ecostation.Local high school students took top honors for their knowledge of the environment at the 25th annual Massachusetts Envirothon, held at the Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park in Uxbridge on May 17th. Some 165 high school students from 33 Bay State public and private schools and youth organizations participated in the outdoor field competition after preparing throughout the school year.

From the Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project Blog

Restoring salt marshes at Red River Beach, Harwich

Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project graphicIf you've been to Red River Beach in Harwich lately you might have noticed that construction is underway. So often, the sound of construction equipment means bad news for the environment, but not this time! This construction was planned as a part of the Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project (CCWRRP) and, when completed, will help restore and protect the native salt marsh communities behind Red River Beach.

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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

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