Kentucky will receive $4.4 million in investments over the next five years through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Federal and state agencies are partnering to improve water quality in the Commonwealth. This first RCPP project in Kentucky focuses on improving water quality by reducing nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment loads entering waterbodies and waterways. Kentucky is one of 12 states participating in the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force working to coordinate actions for nutrient management within this large watershed.
The RCPP is a part of a nationwide project that includes 115 high-impact projects across all 50 states totaling $372.5 million. The project is designed to improve soil health, water quality and water use efficiency, wildlife habitat and other related natural resources on privately held farms and ranches. The program provides multiple agencies opportunities to work together toward the common goal of improving water quality. Continue reading “Federal and State Agencies announce plan to enhance Kentucky’s water quality”