|Selected Final RCPP Projects (click to enlarge)|
According to USDA, 50 percent of the awarded projects are designed to address water quality concerns, 24 percent wildlife conservation, 18 percent water quantity, three percent soil quality, and five percent "other" concerns. A listing of all of the awarded projects, their locations and the major project partners can be found here.
|Mississippi River Basin|
Critical Conservation Area
|Critical Conservation Areas (click to enlarge)|
According to the NRCS RCPP web site, the Program combines the purposes and functions of four former regional conservation programs – the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program, the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Program, the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative and the Great Lakes Basin Program. Funding for the RCPP projects is allocated from four Farm Bill conservation programs: the Environmental Quality Incentives Program; Conservation Stewardship Program; Agricultural Conservation Easement Program; and Healthy Forests Reserve Program.