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Improving Connectivity for Coldwater Salmonids in Maine Headwater Streams

Project Summary

The Improving Connectivity for Coldwater Salmonids in Maine Headwater Streams project was proposed by the group of partners listed below and was accepted by NRCS as a 2015 Regional Conservation Partnership Program project.  Partners include:

  • Atlantic Salmon Federation (Lead Partner)
  • Downeast Salmon Federation
  • Project SHARE
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The Improving Connectivity for Coldwater Salmonids in Maine Headwater Streams project will increase access to spawning and rearing habitat for fish including endangered Atlantic salmon, sea-run alewives, Eastern brook trout, and other fish species.  This will be accomplished by working to replace road crossings that have been identified as Aquatic Organism Passage barriers through completed road crossing surveys in Downeast Maine and the Penobscot River watershed.

EQIP Funding Opportunities

Because the funding for the Improving Connectivity for Coldwater Salmonids in Maine Headwater Streams project is utilizing funds from the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the applicant must meet the eligibility requirements for the program.  In order to be eligible to sign up for EQIP, the applicant must be determined to be an eligible producer by NRCS. If you are a new USDA program applicant, please contact your local USDA Service Center for information on eligibility requirements. If you have been a USDA program participant in the past, please contact your local USDA Service Center to review and update your information.

The land offered for EQIP must also be determined eligible by NRCS. Eligible land under the EQIP program is land that has a resource concern identified by a certified conservation planner that can be addressed through application of the conservation practices eligible for this signup period.

The participant must complete and sign all necessary forms including the NRCS-CPA-1200 (which is the official application). Financial assistance is contingent on the producer not starting a practice prior to having an approved EQIP contract signed by the appropriate NRCS representative.

Applications for the EQIP program are accepted on a continuous basis, however, NRCS establishes application “cut-off” dates for evaluation and ranking of eligible applications. 

2017 Environmental Quality Incentives Program Eligibility Information 

The application deadline for Fiscal Year 2017 EQIP funding for this RCPP project is Aug. 18, 2017.

Geographic Focus

RCPP Improving Connectivity for Salmonids Location Map