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Conservation Connection e-blast - March 9, 2012

Conservation Connection e-blast

Conservation Connection e-blast...the latest news from NRCS Massachusetts and our partners 

NRCS offers help for local organic farmers

peppers in a basketUSDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Massachusetts State Conservationist Christine Clarke reminds local organic farmers and those transitioning to organic production practices to contact their local NRCS office soon to find out if they are eligible for the agency's Organic Initiative. March 30, 2012 is the cut-off date for applications to be considered in the second ranking period of 2012, although applications are always accepted on a continuous basis.

From the Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project Blog

Stormwater technology in action in Mashpee

Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project graphicUntil the Fall of 2011, stormwater ran untreated into Popponesset Bay and Nantucket Sound. That's when seven stormwater systems were installed underneath Mashpee Neck Road in the Mashpee. Stormwater is now filtered, removing contaminants before it enters the bay. These improvements will protect 102 acres of shellfish beds!

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Helping People Help the Land

NRCS Massachusetts State Office: 451 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002 | 413-253-4350 | fax 413-253-4395 |  

Christine S. Clarke, State Conservationist

Massachusetts Conservation Connection editor: Diane Baedeker Petit, Public Affairs Officer

NRCS field offices are located at USDA Service Centers in Barnstable, Greenfield, Hadley, Holden, Pittsfield, Westford and West Wareham.
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