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Palouse River Watershed
Regional Conservation
Partnership Program (RCPP)

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In 2021, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) renewed the Palouse River Watershed (WRIA 34) Implementation Partnership and provided an additional $5.5 million to improve water quality, soil health, and habitat in the Palouse River Watershed. This builds on the $5.5 million that was awarded to the Partnership at the program's inception in 2014.

NRCS, local Conservation Districts, and partners will co-invest this funding to implement projects that demonstrate innovative solutions to conservation challenges and provide measurable improvements and outcomes tied to the resource concerns within the Palouse River Watershed.

The 2023 general application period is now closed. Please check back for more details on our next application period in spring 2024. We accept sign-ups at any time for processing during the next application period; if you are interested in participating in the RCPP program, please fill out the inquiry form below.

To be eligible for financial assistance, land must be located within the Palouse River Watershed. Funding is limited and all applications are subject to a ranking system. For more information, please call Andrew Mackey at (509) 553-3032.


If you are a landowner or producer within the WRIA 34 Palouse River Watershed interested in creating or updating your conservation plan, you may be eligible for RCPP funding. Eligible areas exist in parts of Whitman, Adams, Lincoln, and Spokane Counties in Washington, and parts of Latah County in Idaho.

Please contact Palouse Conservation District or your local Conservation District, NRCS Office, or partner organization to learn more.


Riparian buffer and filter strip installed by RCPP

"I signed up for the reduced minimum tillage program to basically try to establish into a more no-till program for future years to maintain soil and organic matter.  Working with the partners was easy... I'm hoping to see benefits like higher organic matter, which then may allow water to absorb into the ground and not run off, and build up that long-term organic matter to hopefully see increased yields." 

- Ryan Kile, Whitman County farmer, on his experience working with Conservation Districts as part of the RCPP Program

Palouse River Watershed RCPP Accomplishments


77,265 acres of conservation tillage


966 acres of conservation easements


354 acres of

riparian buffers

165,787 tons of

soil saved


14 Farmed Smart certified producers

Additional Project Outcomes
16,134 acres of applied nutrient management
107.4 acres of cover crops
5,530 feet of streambank stabilization
52 acres of Palouse prairie remnants maintained
74 acres of riparian buffer maintained



Riparian Buffer Incentive Program

One-time signing incentive payment

Yearly soil rental rates

Yearly maintenance funding


Paired Watershed


Kamiache & Thorn Creeks

Cow & Thorn Creeks

Quantifying the effects of BMPs

Commodity Buffer

Commodity Buffer Program

Developed by Spokane CD

Minimum $200/acre/year on eligible acres

Compensation at or above adjacent crops


Palouse River Watershed RCPP Partners

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This project is made possible through a partnership agreement with USDA-NRCS Washington through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which is funded through the Farm Bill. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

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