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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • USDA: Projects to be picked for Regional Conservation Partnership Program

  • RRV Retention Authority submitted a proposal
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  •     U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) says the U.S. Department of Agriculture is moving forward with selecting projects to participate in USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The Red River Valley Retention Authority was selected to present a full, formal proposal to USDA.   
        “The Regional Conservation Partnership Program allows us to use existing NRCS programs to support water retention, reduce flooding, improve water quality and increase wildlife habitat,” Peterson said. “Submitting a formal proposal is the next step to finally addressing water issues in the Valley.”   
        Peterson has been a long-time advocate of leveraging farm bill conservation programs to address water retention in the Red River Valley and worked to include the RCPP as part of the 2014 Farm Bill. The RCPP allows USDA to partner with third parties or work directly with producers in watersheds and other critical conservation areas.   
        In addition to the RCPP, it was recently announced that the Red River of the North Basin would receive targeted conservation funding of up to $50 million over the next five years to minimize flooding, boost soil health, improve water quality and enhance wildlife habitat in the watershed.

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