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EQIP FY 2024 Ranking Criteria for Rhode Island Source Water Protection

Applicability

Is this application in the State of Rhode Island's Source Water Protection Area (SWPA)?

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

Category 

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

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

Program Questions

  1. Is the land permanently protected through a CONSERVATION EASEMENT, purchase of development rights or other mechanism?
    1. Yes — Points: 20
    2. Otherwise — Points: 0
  2. Does the applicant meet the NRCS definition of a Historically Underserved (HU) producer as identified in the CPA-1200?
    1. YES — Points: 40
    2. NO — Points: 0
  3. Does this application include the FULL implementation of an approved CNMP or IWMP?
    1. Yes — Points:60
    2. Not applicable — Points: 0
  4. Will implementation of this Conservation Plan allow for the continued implementation of a system of conservation practices that has been initiated and is being progressively installed?
    1. YES — Points: 30
    2. NO — Points: 0
  5. Is this application submitted because the operation has received a RI Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) 'Notice of Violation'?
    1. YES — Points: 20
    2. NO — Points: 0
  6. If this application is approved for funding, will this be the applicants first EQIP contract?
    1. Yes — Points: 30
    2. Not Applicable — Points: 0
  7. Has the participant been in contract violation with a prior USDA NRCS Contract within the past 3 years?
    1. YES — Points: -100
    2. NO — Points: 0

Resource Questions

  1. Does the schedule of operations include implementation of practices that address one or more of the priority resource concerns?
    1. Field Sediment, Nutrient, and Pathogen Loss — Points: 37
    2. Concentrated Erosion — Points: 12
    3. Source Water Depletion — Points: 22
    4. Storage and Handling of Pollutants — Points: 32
    5. Weather Resiliency — Points: 27
    6. 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: 40
    2. PLU is 100-500 ft from waterbody — Points: 30
    3. PLU is 500-1000 ft from a waterbody — Points: 20
    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: 10
    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:10
    2. Otherwise — Points: 0
  5. Does the Planned Land Unit (PLU) intersect the RI Groundwater classification GAA area?
    1. Yes — Points: 10
    2. Otherwise — Points: 0

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