Indianapolis, May 9, 2018 – Jill Reinhart, Acting State Conservationist for Indiana’s USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today that partner proposals will be accepted to help accelerate conservation activities on farms in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB). Proposals will be accepted until June 15th from any partner located in Steuben, DeKalb, Adams, Allen, Noble, and Wells counties who meets the eligibility guidelines.
Nutrient management and algal blooms in the Western Lake Erie basin are significant resource concerns in Northeast Indiana. NRCS is investing approximately $100,000 to work with like-minded conservation partners to address these concerns. These targeted funds will provide technical services related to the state’s natural resource priorities, including soil health and water quality. Emphasis will be placed on reducing nutrient runoff from agricultural lands and improving water quality in the basin area.
Technical services are defined as: technical expertise, information, training, education, and/or tools necessary for a producer to be able to successfully implement, operate, and maintain the conservation of natural resources on land active in agricultural, forestry, or related uses. Technical assistance does not include research.
Project proposals are due before 5:00 p.m. EST on June 15, 2018. The announcement, eligibility requirements and associated forms for this funding opportunity can be found at www.grants.gov.