Conservationists are thrilled to hear that a major grant by the new USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) has been awarded to Indiana and Michigan state organizations. Together with several local groups, the states will collaborate to improve water quality and wildlife habitat in the St. Joseph River watershed. The partnership project will use innovate conservation techniques to reduce excess sediment and nutrients in the river and optimize ground water use. The project, totaling 6.8 million, will offer farmers financial and technical assistance to access these tools to improve infiltration and river habitat quality.
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