Grants Boost Floodplain Innovations
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 – USDA just announced grant awards for projects to develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas for increasing conservation of floodplains on privately owned lands.
These Conservation Innovation Grants include:
- In California, a market that compensates growers and ranchers for land stewardship that benefits habitats on floodplains.
- In Iowa, Indiana, and Minnesota, a study of how conservation practices that store and manage water could increase resiliency to drought and flooding.
- In Maryland, a project to reconnect floodplains in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to improve flood protection and water quality while maximizing crop production.
Read details about these projects here.
Conservation Innovation Grants activate creativity and problem solving to benefit conservation-minded farmers and ranchers. These grants are funded through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announced 33 Conservation Innovation Grant awards for projects that demonstrate innovative approaches to improve soil health, conserve energy, manage nutrients, and enhance wildlife habitat in balance with productive agricultural systems.
"These grants are critical for developing and demonstrating new ideas for conservation on America's private lands and strengthening rural communities,” Vilsack said.