Keep your soil and your money on your land through a special funding source available over the next four years.  A project is now accepting applications for conservation financial assistance. Landowners and agricultural producers in Indian Mill Creek and Rogue River Watersheds in Kent, Montcalm, Newaygo and Ottawa counties are eligible to apply at their local office of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Conservation financial assistance through the Lower Grand Partnership Project is available for implementing a variety of designated practices (~57) to improve water quality and wildlife habitat. Some of these practices include; utilizing cover crops, conservation crop rotation, establishing vegetation for wildlife and pollinator habitat, vegetative filter strips and field borders, forest stand improvement, grassed waterways and nutrient management plans.

Call NRCS today  for  more information or to schedule a free, confidential  site visit at (616) 942-4111 ext. 3. 

Learn more about the Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

What is RCPP?
Source: Spring 2018 LGROW Newsletter
A Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) is a partnership to provide private landowners with financial assistance to implement conservation practices, improving soil health & water quality. The Grand River is the longest river in Michigan running from Jackson, MI, through the city of Grand Rapids and outletting into Lake Michigan. The river runs 252 miles through primarily rural agricultural areas draining numerous smaller rural watersheds including Rogue River and Indian Mill Creek. At more than 3,000 square miles, the Lower Grand River watershed is experiencing significant impairments due to sediment and nutrient loading. The USDA awarded the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council (GVMC) an $8 million RCPP grant in September 2017. In addition, a total of $8 million was secured from 22 community partners as leverage to match this federal funding. The funding will address water quality degradation, inadequate wildlife habitat, and soil erosion in the Grand River and in the aforementioned watersheds.

There are two portions of this grant. The first portion includes 47 acres of habitat restoration and bank stabilization in the Grand River as part of the Grand River Restoration project. The area runs through the City of Grand Rapids, where numerous low-head dams act as barriers to a number of aquatic species, including federally and state endangered and threatened species.  We will continue to reach out and engage the community throughout the project to maintain communication and to answer any questions. Learn more at

The second portion of the project, will address excess sedimentation issues in both the Indian Mill Creek and Rogue River watersheds. Both watersheds are vital to the fisheries and support warm and coldwater species such as trout, salmon and steelhead. The rural areas of these watersheds will be targeted for agricultural conservation practices to reduce sedimentation issues and habitat improvements.

Private landowners with agricultural land or nonindustrial forestlands located within the Rogue River or Indian Mill Creek watersheds. Please contact your local Conservation District or USDA NRCS Field Office for more detailed eligibility information. Call the District office at (616) 942-4111 ext. 3