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Yabucoa Agriculture Reserve RCPP

New Farm Bill partnership program goal to double conservation investments

RCPP Yabucoa Valley Overview pre-Hurricane Irene
View of the Yabocua Valley before the floods of Hurricane Irene in August 2011.

On January 15, 2015, the Caribbean Area NRCS unveiled its first Resource Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) project funded through the 2014 Farm Bill. NRCS will work with the Soil Conservation District of Eastern Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Land Authority, the University of Puerto Rico Cooperative Extension Service, The Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture and the Municipality of Yabucoa on the Conservation Partnership Program for the Yabucoa Agriculture Reserve to improve drainage and water flow in the Río Guayanés floodplain. NRCS awarded $700,000 for this 5-year project to reduce severe and prolonged flooding, re-channel flood waters to Río Guayanés, eliminate stagnant water ponding and improve water quality in the watershed.

RCPP focuses on locally-led public-private partnership efforts to deliver conservation solutions that help to protect important drinking water supplies, provide critical habitat for many at-risk species, enhance environmental markets, make farms and ranches more resilient, and address important waterways.

RCPP-Yabucoa Field Flooding after 2011 Hurricane Irene
NRCS is working with five partners to improve drainage to reduce flood damage along Puerto Rico’s Río Guayanés in the Yabucoa Agriculture Reserve. Pictured above is flooding in the Yabucoa Valley from Hurricane Irene in 2011 resulting from poor drainage systems.

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Contact:

Javier Cruz, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, 787-281-4962 or 787-370-2703