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Connecticut River Watershed Landowners can apply by Nov. 20 for conservation practice assistance

EQIP assistance is available to eligible landowners via the Long Island Sound RCPP effort

COLCHESTER, VERMONT, October 26, 2020--The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Vermont announced that landowners in the Connecticut River Watershed are eligible for funding through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)-Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Requests for assistance should be made by November 20, 2020. Eligible farm and forest landowners in the eligible areas are encouraged to contact their local NRCS office for details on how to apply.

Made available through the RCPP Long Island Sound Watershed effort, the funding seeks to promote conservation activities within the eligible project area to promote soil health and nutrient management as well as address adaptation and resiliency.

Up to $289,000 will be made available to implement agronomic conservation practices supporting soil health and nutrient management, such as-- cover crops, nutrient management, and grazing system support.

Up to $240,000 will be made available to implement conservation practices supporting adaption and resiliency, such as-- stream habitat improvement and streambank and shoreline protection.

To learn more about the RCPP in Vermont visit https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/vt/programs/farmbill/rcpp/ and to learn more about the Long Island Sound Watershed RCPP effort visit http://www.lisw-rcpp.com/.

Applicants in the northern part of the watershed can contact the Newport field office at 334-6090 and those in the southern portion of the watershed can contact the Rutland office (775-8034) or White River Junction office (295-7942).

Long Island Sound Watershed Map