Farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin have another opportunity to obtain conservation financial assistance.
The initiative is a partnership between the USDA and public, private and non-profit organizations to protect water quality in the basin that includes portions of Ohio, and Indiana. Financial assistance is available for implementing conservation practices that improve water quality and soil health. The portion of the Western Lake Erie Basin in Michigan includes Lenawee and Monroe counties and portions of Branch, Hillsdale, Jackson, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.
USDA conservation financial assistance must be used for implementing designated conservation practices, some of these include; cover crops, nutrient management plans, grassed waterways, drainage water management, amend soil properties with gypsum products,
The Tri-State Western Lake Erie Basin Phosphorus Reduction Initiative was selected for funding through the USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program. Partner organizations assist in promoting conservation to landowners and monitoring the impact of conservation practices implemented through the initiative.
For more information about conservation financial assistance for Michigan producers available through the Tri-State Western Lake Erie Basin Phosphorus Reduction Initiative, CLICK HERE for an informational flyer. You may also visit the NRCS Michigan website at www.mi.nrcs.usda.gov, and connect with below conservation district involved in the program:
Phone: (517) 265-5887
CD Phone: (734)761-6721 NRCS Phone: (734) 205-0537
Jackson Field Office
211 W. Ganson Street Jackson, MI 49201
CD Phone (517)395-2082 Phone: (517) 789-7716
Jonesville Field Office
NRCS Monroe Field Office
NRCS Phone: (734) 241-8540