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NRCS and Kansas Water Office Sign RCPP Agreement in Manhattan

Karen Woodrich, Tracey Mann, and Tracey Streeter prepare to sign the Milford Lake Watershed RCPP AgreementSalina, Kansas–December 3, 2018—Karen A. Woodrich, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Kansas State Conservationist; Tracey Streeter, Executive Director, Kansas Water Office; and Lieutenant Governor, Tracey Mann, recently signed a Regional Conservation Partnership Project (RCPP) agreement that will bring partners together to work with NRCS on implementing conservation practices within the Milford Lake Watershed. 

The Milford Lake Watershed RCPP project received $2.8 million and will promote coordination between NRCS and over 30 project partners to deliver conservation assistance to producers and landowners to improve water quality throughout the Milford Lake Watershed.

“It is very exciting to join efforts with over 30 partners with a common resource concern goal,” said Woodrich.   “Addressing nutrient and sediment loss by implementing key practices in the watershed are crucial to shorten the duration of harmful algal blooms on Milford Lake,” she added.   

Besides the Kansas Water Office and NRCS, other partners include Friends of the KAW; The Nature Conservancy Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams; Water District No. 1 of Johnson County; City of Olathe City of Lawrence; City of Wakefield; Geary County Conservation District; Riley County Conservation District; Kansas Farm Bureau; Kansas Corn Growers Association; Kansas Soybean Commission; National Sorghum Producers; Kansas Biological Survey; Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; Clay County, Kansas; Clay County Economic Development Group; Cloud County Economic Development Corporation; Kansas Forest Service; Acorns Resort at Milford Lake; Flagstop Resort & RV Park at Milford Lake; Thunderbird Marina & RV Resort; EcoPractices; Sustainable Environmental Consultants; Washington County Conservation District; Clay County Conservation District; Cloud County Conservation District; Republic County Conservation District; Jewell County Conservation District; City of Topeka; Kansas Department of Agriculture—Division of Conservation; and Kansas Department of Health and Environment. 

The most successful RCPP projects innovate and engage more participants,” said Woodrich.  “Projects are led locally, and demonstrate the value of strong public-private partnerships that deliver solutions to tough natural resource challenges.” 

RCPP’s historic focus on public-private partnership enables private companies, local communities, and other non-government partners a way to invest in efforts to keep our land resilient and water clean, and promote tremendous economic growth in agriculture, construction, tourism and outdoor recreation, and other industries.

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.