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EQIP FY 2024 Ranking Criteria for Rhode Island Conservation Planning Activities

Applicability

Is this an application for an Activity (CPA/DIA/CEMA) AND; the application DOES NOT meet the requirements to participate in the ACT NOW EQIP Activity Streamlined Conservation Activities Initiative; OR the application was received outside of the ACT NOW application period?

  1. Yes — Points: 0
  2. Otherwise — Points: 0

Category Question 

Is the Planned Land Unit (PLU) located in Rhode Island?

  1. Yes — Points: 0
  2. Otherwise — Points: 0

Program Questions 

  1. If this application is approved for funding, will this be the applicant's first EQIP contract?
    1. YES — Points: 50
    2. NOT APPLICABLE — Points: 0
  2. Select the applicable Historically Underserved (HU) category identified on the NRCS-CPA-1200, Conservation Program Application (Select MULTIPLE if applicable):
    1. Applicant self-certified as a Veteran Farmer Rancher (VFR) — Points: 25
    2. Applicant self-certified as a Limited Resource Farmer Rancher (LFR) — Points: 25
    3. Applicant self-certified as a Socially Disadvantaged Farmer Rancher (SDFR) — Points: 25
    4. Applicant self-certified as a Beginning Farmer (BFR) — Points: 25
    5. Applicant Does Not Qualify or Self Identify — Points: 0
  3. Is the land permanently protected through a CONSERVATION EASEMENT, purchase of development rights or other mechanism?
    1. Yes — Points: 50
    2. Otherwise — Points: 0
  4. Has the participant been in contract violation with any prior USDA NRCS Contract within the past 3 years?
    1. YES — Points: -200
    2. NO — Points: 0

Resource Questions 

  1. Please select the applicable activity to be included in this application:
    1. Is the application for Conservation Planning Activity (CPA-102, CPA-106, CPA-116)? Check Tech Reg for availability of TSP prior to ranking — Points: 40
    2. Is the application for Conservation Planning Activity (CPA-138, CPA-199)? Check Tech Reg for availability of TSP prior to ranking — Points: 23
    3. Is the application for Design and Implementation Activity; (DIA-101, DIA-157, DIA-162, DIA-163, DIA-165)? Check Tech Reg for availability of TSP prior to ranking — Points: 30
    4. Is the application for Design and Implementation Activity; (DIA-120, DIA-140, DIA-148)? Check Tech Reg for availability of TSP prior to ranking — Points: 20
    5. Is the application for Conservation Evaluation and Monitoring Activity; (CEMA-216, CEMA-217, CEMA-223, CEMA-224, CEMA-226, CEMA-227)? Check Tech Reg for availability of TSP prior to ranking — Points: 45
    6. Is the application for Conservation Evaluation and Monitoring Activity;(CEMA-206, CEMA-209, CEMA-218, CEMA-219, CEMA-221, CEMA-222,CEMA-228)? Check Tech Reg for availability of TSP prior to ranking — Points: 25
    7. Not applicable — Points: 0
  2. What is the distance from the Planned Land Unit (PLU) to water bodies including streams, ponds, lakes, estuaries, or all surface waters? 
    1. PLU is 100 ft or less from waterbody — Points: 7
    2. PLU is 100-500 ft from waterbody — Points: 6
    3. PLU is 500-1000 ft from a waterbody — Points: 5
    4. Otherwise — Points: 0
  3. Is the Planned Land Unit (PLU) 100 ft or less from the edge of the wetland?
    1. PLU is 100 ft or less from the edge of the wetland — Points: 4
    2. Otherwise — Points: 0
  4. Does the Planned Land Unit (PLU) include Prime and State Important Soils?
    1. Yes - PLU contains prime or state important soils — Points: 3
    2. Otherwise — Points: 0
  5. Are the Planned Land Units (PLUs) in a targeted source water watershed?
    1. Yes — Points: 2
    2. Otherwise — Points: 0
  6. Is the project in one of the source water priority watersheds?
    1. Yes — Points: 1
    2. Otherwise — Points: 0

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