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Partners in Conservation to Target Water Quality and Salmon Habitat in Puget Sound


Jeff Harlow, NRCS Assistant State Conservationist for Programs,

Shana Joy, Puget Sound Regional Manager & Policy Assistant,
Washington State Conservation Commission, (360) 480-2078


Spokane, Wash. (May 1, 2018) – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will work with partners through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program to provide financial and technical assistance for landowners and producers wanting to improve water quality and salmon habitat in the Puget Sound. Financial assistance will be provided through special Environmental Quality Incentives Program funding for fiscal year 2018.

Projects may be located in the following geographic areas: Thomas Creek / Lower Samish Watershed (Skagit County), Skykomish River Watershed (Snohomish County), Stillaguamish Watershed (Snohomish County), Dungeness Watershed (Clallam County), Newaukum Creek Watershed (King County).

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to plan and implement conservation practices that improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related natural resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland.

Eligible producers and entities interested in applying for financial assistance through this special EQIP sign-up may apply any time.

Funding is limited, and applications will be subject to a ranking system. In order to be eligible, it is important that interested parties visit their local Farm Service Agency office as soon as possible to ensure that their farm records are established.

For additional information please contact one of the local project leads listed below:

Geographic Area

Program Lead

Contact Information

Thomas Creek /Lower Samish Watershed

Skagit Conservation District, Jeff Frazier

(360) 428-4313

Skykomish and Stillaguamish River Watersheds

Snohomish Conservation District, Eric Schuh

425-377-7026 or

Newaukum Creek Watershed

King Conservation District, Josh Monaghan

425-282-1900 or

Dungeness Watershed

Clallam Conservation District, Meghan Adamire

360-775-3747 ext. 1 or



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