Kent Conservation District, in partnership with the 22 organizations, want local landowners to know about a “once in a lifetime conservation fund” that could significantly benefit their property, and the watershed, as well.
More than $2 Million is available over the next three years to qualified landowners in the Rogue River watershed (and in the Indian Mill Creek watershed) to help landowners improve their soil, their bottom line and in doing so impact water quality in these watersheds, and beyond.
• Where does this money come from? It came to this area through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s conservation service. Grand Valley Metro Council worked to co-ordinate with 22 partners in order to qualify for these competitive funds.
• What is the purpose of RCPP? “RCPP encourages partners to join efforts with producers to increase the restoration and sustainable use of: soil, water, wildlife, and related natural resources…on a watershed scale”.
• Why is this money focused on these two watersheds? These watersheds play a vital role in supporting fish habitat and cold-water streams. By implementing the best practices listed below, the water quality of the Rogue River, will become more protected, and will supply healthier water to the Grand River and Lake Michigan, as well.
• How can the money be used to improve water quality in these watersheds? It can be used as cost-share for conservation practices: nutrient management plans, cover crops, filter strips, forest stream buffers, erosion control structures, grassed waterways pollinator habitats, and forest stand improvements.
If you want to find out if your property is eligible, call your local NRCS (National Resources Conservation Services) office today at: (616) 222-5802.
Map of Watersheds of the Lower Grand River, Michigan (PDF)
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Check out these links about watersheds in West Michigan:
- Lower Grand Watershed, Watershed Central Wiki (EPA) – wiki.epa.gov/watershed2/index.php/Lower_Grand_Watershed
- Lower Grand Watershed, Surf Your Watershed (EPA)
- Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds (LGROW/GVMC)
- Annis Water Resources Institute (GVSU)
- Kent County Drain Commissioner
- Plaster Creek Stewards (Calvin College)
- Rogue River Watershed Partners – scrimshaw.net/rrwc/
- Sierra Club Water Sentinels – michigan.sierraclub.org/issues/greatlakes/watersentinels.html
- West Michigan Environmental Action Council