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Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)

What is RCPP?
The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) is a 2014 Farm Bill Program administered through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that harnesses partnership and innovation. The Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District is leading a national RCPP project in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin with over 30 partners across Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. The goal of the project is to enhance water conservation and water quality in the ACF basin through the implementation of USDA-NRCS conservation practices. Partners have committed resources toward complementary conservation efforts in the ACF Basin over the next five years, with significant contributions to leverage Federal funds from USDA-NRCS. USDA-NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to producers and landowners in the ACF Basin through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP*).

Natural Resources Concerns
The primary natural resource concerns to be addressed through this project are water quality and water quantity. By working together, the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, USDA-NRCS, and tri-state partner entities will build an active conservation partnership to further the conservation, restoration, and sustainable use of soil, water, wildlife and related natural resources at a watershed scale.

Objectives
The chief objectives of this project are to assist regional producers and landowners in the implementation of conservation practices, to enhance existing partnerships in the region, and to coordinate innovative conservation delivery methods through outreach and education.

How and When to Apply
The dates for the 2015 RCPP signup vary by state.
* Alabama: August 27 – October 16
* Florida: TBD
* Georgia: October 1 – October 16
Apply by visiting your local USDA-NRCS Service Center. For additional assistance, please contact the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District at info@flintriverswcd.org or (229) 351-4728

Eligibility
A participant must receive eligibility determination by the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) to participate in the program. The participant’s desired conservation site in the application must be located within the boundaries of the ACF River Basin.

Practices
A subset of EQIP* practices that enhance water conservation and water quality will be offered through this RCPP.

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