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USDA-NRCS opens signup for applications for New Mexico RCPP-CSP in Rio Chama Watershed

Map of the Rio Chama Watersheds





June 9, 2020

​USDA-NRCS opens signup for applications for New Mexico RCPP-CSP in Rio Chama Watershed

ALBUQUERQUE – Agricultural producers have an opportunity to enroll in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) through the New Mexico Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) “Building Resiliency in the San Juan/Rio Chama” project. Producers located in the watershed area approved for this RCPP project must submit a complete application to a local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office by July 10, 2020, to participate this year. The RCPP funding is offered through an agreement with the East Rio Chama Soil and Water Conservation District.

RCPP provides funding for locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat, and protect agricultural viability. A maximum of 10,000 acres in the Rio Chama watershed will be enrolled in a five-year CSP contract. Priority for funding will be given to applications that improve forest health, improve native plant condition, protect habitat for at risk species, and improve soil health. Public land under the control of an agricultural producer is eligible for enrollment.

More Information

The CSP program rules apply to CSP applications funded under the RCPP agreements. Agricultural producers can visit the New Mexico CSP webpage ( for more information on how to apply and the program requirements.


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