Fairfield — The SE Iowa Watershed Partnership is proud to announce the opportunity to be leveraging $6.4 million in southeast Iowa to focus on water and soil quality and soil health improvements through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) award.

This RCPP partnership covers a 15-county region, and the included Watershed Management Authority (WMA) and Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) Water Quality Initiative (WQI) associated Watershed Projects of:

• Cedar Creek Partnership WQI Project

• Lower Skunk River Water Quality and Soil Health WQI Project

• Mahaska County South Skunk and Cedar Creek Headwaters Watershed WQI Project

• Soap Creek WMA

• South Central IA Cedar Creek WMA

• West Fork Crooked and Long Creek Water Quality and Soil Health WQI Project

RCPP is a USDA program that promotes the coordination of the Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS) activities with local partners, agricultural producers, and private landowners to address a variety of critical resource concerns across the nation.

Anyone interested in RCPP projects, contact the Monroe County USDA Service Center or the local SE Iowa Watershed Project Coordinator.

Your continued commitment to and support of conservation efforts in southeast Iowa is much appreciated. County Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD’s), County Board of Supervisors, County Emergency Management Agencies and Associated Watershed Projects, as well as Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS), Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), USGS Central Midwest Water Science Center, the Iowa Flood Center (IFC/IIHR), ISU Extension Education and Outreach, Pathfinders RC&D, and local supporting organizations have come together to make this public-private partnership a possibility.