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NRCS Signs RCPP Agreement with Doniphan County Conservation District

Craig Johnson, Thad Geiger, and Karen Woodrich sign the Doniphan County RCPP AgreementSalina, Kansas–December 3, 2018—Karen A. Woodrich, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Kansas State Conservationist; Craig Johnson, Doniphan County Conservation District Chairman; and Thad Geiger, Doniphan County Commission Chair, signed a Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Doniphan County Road and Fields Sediment Reduction project agreement that will bring project partners together to reduce sedimentation and improve water quality in Doniphan County.  This RCPP project also delivers conservation benefits downstream whereas the county tributaries feed directly into the Missouri River.    

“Doniphan County Conservation District is the first conservation district in the State of Kansas to become a lead partner under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program,” said District Manager, Chris Griffin.  “We will partner with the county Road and Bridge Department and the NRCS—this is a fantastic partnership—to protect the water and soil in the area,” she added.  Using the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, a conservation plan will be developed that will address the drainage area contributing to erosion along the county roadways.    

“We are excited to be working with these project partners to improve water quality in Doniphan County,” said Woodrich.  NRCS has dedicated conservationists that are ready to provide technical assistance and conservation planning to help producers identify conservation treatments to address resource concerns in these areas that are impacting not only the fields, but the county roads.

“Solving soil loss issues that are affecting the roads in this county is tremendous,” stated Johnson.  “This RCPP project will provide financial assistance to landowners for conservation work in fields to reduce erosion.” 

According to Geiger, steep slopes and high rainfall amounts, create erosion issues and have an impact on the county roads.  Soil washes out of the fields, into the road and road ditches, carrying sediment into the water supply.  “Creating a partnership like this is a win-win to resolve these issues,” he added. 

Representatives of the Doniphan County RCPP agreementBesides NRCS, Doniphan Conservation District, and Doniphan County Road and Bridge, the other collaborating partners who have committed to providing financial and technical assistance for the RCPP project over the next five years include:  Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska; Kansas Department of Agriculture—Division of Conservation; Kansas Association of Conservation Districts; WaterOne; Missouri Regional Advisory Committee, and K-State Extension. 

“Partners are seeing the value of conservation and investing in their future,” Woodrich concluded.   “These partnerships are forging a new path for getting conservation on the ground and are providing opportunities for communities to have a voice and ownership in protecting and improving our natural resources.”

For more information, go to the Kansas NRCS website www.ks.nrcs.usda.gov/programs or visit your local U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Service Center.  To find a service center near you, go to offices.usda.gov.  USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.