Rhode Island State Technical Team Meeting Notes Sept 2011
January 12, 2012
USDA Conference Room
Attending: Michael Moorman (NRCS), Joseph Bachand (NRCS), Michael Kenyon (NRCS), Jade Nield (NRCS), Eric Boettger (NRCS), Nicole Bernier (NRCS), R. Phou Vongkhamdy (NRCS), Marilu Soileau (FSA), Paul Brule (FSA), Paul Boisvert, Eric Scherer (SRICD), Tom Abbott (DEM), Dick Went (NRICD), Jane Lynch (NRICD), Gina DeMarco (NRICD), John Oï¿½Brien (TNC), Heather Faubert (URI), Rick Pace (Eco Assetts), Bruce Payton (DEM), Elizabeth Scott (DEM), Jean Lynch (NRICD), Kira Jacobs (EPA), & Stephen Grenier of North Kingstown.
Introductions, Review Agenda, and Opening Comments
Phou welcomed everyone and thanked all who are in attendance.
Environmental Protection Agency - Source Water Protection Program
Kira Jacobs - Boston, MA
Kira has been with EPA for 15 years
She works with municipalities
EPA and many other agencies (including USDA) got together in 06 and developed the Source Water Collaborative
Handouts were given out
It appears that NRCS, DEM, Conservation Districts are interested in this collaborative effort.
Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program
5 projects have been approved
Pawtucket - 2 projects
Coventry - 1 project
Pocasset and Wood-Pawcatuck Rivers for debris removal
Total funding for these projects is 6.5mil (TA & FA)
NRCS has not received any funding yet.
Farm Bill Programs
National Water Quality Initiative
NRCS must move on this quickly and needs to decide on which watershed project to concentrate on.
Kira Jacobs mentioned she heard that the initiative came out already.
National Energy Initiative
Rhode Island was planning to do this locally but NHQ decided that it would be a national initiative.
Easement Programs Update
Farm and Ranchlands Protection Program (FRPP)
Closed 3 parcels in December
Closed on 8 parcels throughout 2011
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)
Appraisals came in for 3 parcels
Grasslands Reserve Program (GRP)
We have approximately 50 acres total in RI that NRCS is looking to obligate in 2012
We developed a list of NRCS Stewardship Lands that requires monitoring. Circular 21 reviewed and monitoring activities are underway. Circular 21 indicates the need to have monitored 25% of the Stewardship Lands by December 31, 2011, which was completed.
We are working on Notice 153 (due April 7, 2012)
Notice 154 is due in May
Notice 155 is due in November
FY12 Financial Assistance Programs
On February 1, 2012 the first ranking should be complete for FRPP
We have not received the WHIP money yet for this year. NHQ is deciding what endangered species will be targeted in WHIP agreements. The New England Cottontail will more than likely be included for RI.
AMA is used to help new farmers, urban farms, and small farms for irrigation systems. We typically do not receive a large amount of money for AMA.
Heather Faubert, URI
Holistic Management Training, East Farm
January 20, 2012 from 8a to 4p
Next meeting: Thursday, March 15, 2012 (9:30AM - 12 Noon).
The following documents require Acrobat Reader
RI Bristol EQIP 200812 Energy Initiative
RI Bristol EQIP 20018 Forestry Initiative
State Technical Team Program Easements Reports