Landowners of flooded land are encouraged to take notice of the 10-Year Rental Agreements through the Water Bank Program
Saint Paul, MINN. May 03, 2019 - The Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Water Bank Program is accepting applications through Friday, May 31, COB.
The purpose of the WBP is to preserve and improve major wetlands as habitat for migratory waterfowl and other wildlife, including conserving surface waters, reducing soil and wind erosion, contributing to flood control, improving water quality, improving subsurface moisture, and enhancing the natural beauty of the landscape. WBP contracts are nonrenewable, 10-year rental agreements. Participants receive annual rental payments.
Severe flooding of agricultural land has been a problem in Minnesota and the whole prairie pothole region this year and in the recent past. Eligible land includes flooded crop land, flooded hay, pasture, or rangeland, as well as flooded private forestland. The WBP is part of the larger NRCS effort to help landowners conserve grasslands and wetlands in the Prairie Pothole region. Maintaining wetlands and grasslands in Minnesota provides water quality protection, potential flood reduction, carbon sequestration, and enhanced wildlife habitat.