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Milford Lake RCPP Funding Available Now for Producers in the Region’s Watershed
Application Ranking Signup Deadline is March 15
The Milford Lake Watershed Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) launched at the Governor’s Water Conference in November 2018 to improve water quality conditions within in the Milford Lake Watershed and more than 30 partners have joined together to make this multi-million dollar effort a success.
Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) have been an issue in Milford Lake every year since 2011. To help address this problem, financial assistance is available to landowners with the goal of reducing runoff from precipitation events and nutrient loading in the watershed by 31,000 pounds of phosphorus annually. The Milford Lake Watershed includes portions of Jewell, Republic, Washington, Mitchell, Cloud, Clay, Riley, Dickenson and Geary Counties.
Funding is available through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for producers in those counties to implement practices to address water quality concerns. Some of the water quality improvement best management practices that are available for funding are nutrient management, residue management, filter strips, grass plantings, cover crops and several others.
Producers considering any of these practices or want to help be part of the solution now is the time to visit the local USDA or Conservation District office. Funding for these EQIP practices is set at 75 percent and through RCPP partner contributions, some of these practices will be funded up to 90 percent of the program payment rate. This is a continuous signup program; however, the next application ranking signup deadline is March 15. Funding of practices at this level may not always be available so take advantage while the opportunity exists.
Recent presentations about this opportunity were shared at several county Conservation District Annual Meetings within the Milford Lake Watershed and more outreach events will be available in the future. Visit www.kwo.ks.gov for more information about the program, all the partners, Milford Lake, past Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and general information about the RCPP.