Protecting Highly Erodible Lands with Conservation Planning
Soil Erosion and Drainage Law Compliance 2014
Hiring a conservation planning specialist
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
This project will, over a 27 month period, fund a 0.75 Full Time Equivalent Conservation Planning Specialist position to update approximately 400 United States Department of Agriculture Highly Erodable Lands conservation plans on 40,000 acres in high priority areas within the Root River watershed. Currently, only 5% of the USDA conservation plans -approximately 40 per year - are being checked for compliance, and this project will increase that number to 150 or more per year. The planning process offers an opportunity to identify conservation needs and implement practices that reduce soil erosion on the agricultural land and benefit downstream water quality.