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WLEB Phosphorus Reduction Initiative is currently accepting applications now through January 20.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin have another opportunity to obtain conservation financial assistance. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications until Jan. 20, 2017, for funding through the Tri-State Western Lake Erie Basin Phosphorus Reduction Initiative.

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, filter and residue management. Applications may be submitted at local NRCS offices. Applications received by Jan. 20, 2017, will be considered for 2017 funding. Farmers are encouraged to begin the application process as soon as possible.

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, and connect with below conservation district involved in the program:

Lenawee Conservation District & 
NRCS Adrian Field Office 
1100 Sutton Road Adrian, MI 49221
Phone: (517) 265-5887

Washtenaw Conservation District & 
NRCS Ann Arbor Field Office 
7203 Jackson Road Ann Arbor, MI 48103
CD Phone: (734)761-6721 NRCS Phone: (734) 205-0537

Jackson Conservation District &
Jackson Field Office
211 W. Ganson Street Jackson, MI 49201
CD Phone (517)395-2082 Phone: (517) 789-7716

Hillsdale Conservation District &
Jonesville Field Office 
588 Olds Street, Bldg. 2 Jonesville, MI 49250  
Phone: (517) 849-9890

Monroe Conservation District &
NRCS Monroe Field Office 
1137 S. Telegraph Road Monroe, MI 48161 
CD Phone: (734) 241-7755
NRCS Phone: (734) 241-8540