Funding Available for Conservation Easements!
Application deadline May 1, 2023.
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.
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."
77,265 acres of conservation tillage
966 acres of conservation easements
354 acres of
165,787 tons of
14 Farmed Smart certified producers