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Two Additional RCPP Awards Benefit Vermont

posted Jan 16, 2015, 5:10 AM by Lyn Munno   [ updated Jan 16, 2015, 11:02 AM ]
In addition to the $16 million RCPP project announced yesterday the Natural Resource Conservation Service will fund two other Regional Conservation Partnership Program projects that help Vermont landowners reduce nutrient runoff.

The Vermont Association of Conservation Districts will receive $710,980 in federal funds to improve Lake Champlain’s water quality. VACD and project partners will address identified gaps in services to help small livestock farm producers develop Land Treatment Plans (LTPs), Nutrient Management Plans (NMPs), and Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMPs).

On the other side of the state, the Connecticut River Watershed Council and partners will receive $10 million to address nutrient runoff from lands draining into Long Island Sound (parts of six states, including Vermont). This project will develop a comprehensive, whole-farm management certainty program for farmers in the area and use both working lands and easement programs to improve soil health and nutrient management, establish community resiliency areas with a focus on enhancing riparian areas, and institute a land protection program to protect agricultural and forestry areas.

Information from NRCS (contact Heather Wetzstein) and Connecticut River Watershed Council (contact Ron Rhodes) press releases dated January 15, 2015.