USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama (NRCS-AL) wants to remind landowners in eligible watersheds it is accepting applications for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The eligible watersheds are located within Blount, Etowah, Jackson, Jefferson, Madison, Marshall, and St. Clair counties.
The Nature Conservancy in Alabama plans to reduce sedimentation, pollution, nutrient runoff, and other stresses within several waterbodies in the Paint Rock, Big Canoe Creek, and Locust Fork watersheds. Implementing streambank restoration practices along these targeted waterbodies will improve water quality for unique aquatic biota and the public water supply; reduce property loss for agricultural producers who own property along these waterways; and support the multi-partner goal of protecting Strategic Habitat Units.
Eligible conservation practices include Streambank Restoration and Riparian Buffer establishment, as well as supporting practices such as Exclusion Fencing and Livestock Watering Systems.
RCPP applications in Alabama are being accepted through February 16th, 2024. Those interested within the priority watersheds should contact NRCS at your local USDA Service Center.