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Vermont Receives Regional Conservation Partnership Program Award

posted Jan 13, 2015, 1:29 PM by Lyn Munno   [ updated Jan 14, 2015, 11:28 AM ]
A new project in Vermont funded through USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) brings together partners to improve water quality and promote a sustainable working landscape. This $16 million RCPP project (part of a national-level competitive pool) covers Vermont and New York portions of the Lake Champlain watershed. NRCS describes the project as "a renewed effort among long-standing partnerships to accelerate the impact of private lands conservation on water quality concerns in Lake Champlain. This project uses several innovative tools, including the use of modeling to target conservation practices for optimal environmental benefits, an extensive monitoring network to assess conservation effectiveness, sliding scale cost-share to gain the support of producers, and an incentive-based Environmental Stewardship Program to provide some certainty to producers that they will get credit for the conservation practices they apply."

Releases from Natural Resources Conservation Service, Colchester, VT, January 9 and January 15, 2015.