Friday, December 10, 2021

Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership, Alliance For Chesapeake Bay Now Have NRCS-PA Funding Available For Priority Watersheds In 14 PA Bay Counties

Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership NRCS RCPP project sponsored by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay has funding available for Land Management activities in multiple priority watersheds in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed in Pennsylvania within multiple counties. 

Applications are being taken in priority watersheds in the following counties in Pennsylvania: Bedford, Berks, Blair, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lycoming, Northumberland, Snyder, Union and York.

Pennsylvania agricultural producers and landowners are encouraged to apply for technical and financial assistance to improve and enhance natural resources on their farm through the development and implementation of comprehensive nutrient management plans on livestock operations to reduce nutrient and sediment loss to surface waters.

NRCS accepts applications year-round but makes funding selections at application cut-off deadlines. 

Since this was a new project in 2021, producers with applications submitted by January 31, 2022 will meet the first cut-off and have a higher chance of receiving funding. 

Applications received after that date will be accepted and considered for funding in additional ranking review cycles if funds remain. 

The next cut-off will be February 28, 2022.

NRCS conservationists will work with producers to develop a conservation plan on their land to identify concerns and opportunities, help determine objectives, and recommend solutions. 

“Our high-quality, comprehensive conservation plans can provide farmers with step-by-step recommendations they can use to improve their water quality, soil health and more -- all while reducing input costs,” said Denise Coleman, Pennsylvania NRCS State Conservationist.

Click Here for more information on the priority watersheds covered by this funding.

Interested producers should visit their local USDA NRCS service center for sign-up information.

For more information on technical and financial assistance available to landowners, visit the NRCS-PA webpage.

[Posted: December 10, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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