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Tri-State Western Lake Erie Basin Phosphorus Reduction Initiative

Lake Erie SunsetThe Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) promotes coordination between NRCS and its partners to deliver conservation assistance to producers and landowners.  With RCPP, partners are in the driver’s seat with technical and financial help from NRCS.  The five-year Tri-State Western Lake Erie Basin Phosphorous Reduction Initiative is a multi-state RCPP project that brings together more than 40 partnering organizations from Michigan, Ohio and Indiana to reduce the runoff of phosphorous into the Western Lake Erie Basin.

The Tri-State Western Lake Erie Basin Phosphorous Reduction Initiative is a multi-state project that brings together more than 40 partnering organizations from Michigan, Ohio and Indiana to reduce the runoff of phosphorous into the waterways in the western basin of Lake Erie. - See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/?s=lake+erie+RCPP&x=14&y=10&commit=Search#sthash.aPoVZoEo.dpuf

A diverse team of partners will use a targeted approach to identify high-priority sub-watersheds for phosphorus reduction and increase farmer access to public and private technical assistance—including innovative demonstrations of practices that NRCS does not yet cover in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.  Identified actions are coordinated with the Ohio Lake Erie Phosphorus Task Force Report and will move Lake Erie toward goals developed in the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement Annex 4 Nutrient Strategies.  The partners will gage success and monitor results using project-wide water quality monitoring and watershed modeling conducted by national experts from multiple scientific entities and institutions.

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Eligible agricultural producers should contact your local USDA Service Center.  To learn how to get started with NRCS, visit the get started webpage

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National RCPP website

Ohio RCPP Contact

John Wilson
Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
614-255-2480