Funds ready for water quality grants
Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 8:00 pm
Washington – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week announced a funding opportunity that will bring states, USDA and other stakeholders together to enhance the effectiveness of water quality credit trading.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is providing up to $10 million in Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) for these projects, with up to $5 million focused on water quality credit trading in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Proposals for projects are due March 2.
NRCS requests CIG proposals for projects that:
• Support the completion of state water quality market rules and infrastructure needed to carry out water quality trading between point and non-point sources;
• Deploy and test tools and metrics needed for crediting and verifying the effectiveness of conservation practices on agricultural lands;
• Establish certification, registry and reporting systems; and
• Educate and reach out to agriculture and other sectors.
CIG funds will be awarded through a competitive grants process.
Projects must involve producers who are eligible for the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
To apply electronically, visit Grants.gov or contact the local NRCS office in Dresden.