The voluntary sign-up period for the 2018 Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) ends April 20, 2018.

STILLWATER – Gary O’Neill, State Conservationist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Oklahoma, has announced a voluntary sign-up period for the 2018 Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) by April 20, 2018.

The program is an opportunity for producers to apply for financial assistance to install conservation practices through the Middle and Lower Neosho River Basin Watershed and The Elk City Lake Water Quality RCPP.

The Middle and Lower Neosho River Basin Watershed project will pool Kansas and Oklahoma State and federal resources to address water quality concerns in the middle and lower Neosho River Basin, which affects water quality at Grand Lake. Partners in the Middle and Lower Neosho River Basin RCPP will work with landowners in these watersheds to install conservation measures that reduce delivery of pollutants (nutrients, sediment, and bacteria) that contribute to problems in the lake.

Elk City Lake Water Quality RCPP project will pool state and NRCS resources to address water quality concerns in the Elk City Lake Watershed. Originally built in 1970 for flood control, the lake is also used as a recreational spot for boaters and fisherman alike. The Lake has become impaired by excess turbidity, recent blue-green algae blooms and fish kills in the Lake which has increased its priority for rehabilitation. The partners in the Elk City Lake Watershed will work with Landowners to help in reducing nutrients and sediment that help in contributing to problems in the Elk City Lake watershed

For more information on applying for RCPP 2018 projects, interested individuals should contact NRCS as soon as possible to ensure they are eligible prior to the deadline of April 20, 2018. For more information or to apply, contact your local NRCS field service center or visit the RCPP website.