Regional Conservation Partnership Program Funding Available for Farmers in the Big and Little Wood Watersheds

center pivotFarmers in the Big Wood and Little Wood River watersheds can apply for funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service under the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to carry out water conservation practices. The sign-up period runs through September 25, 2015.

The Idaho Water Resource Board’s (Board) Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer Stabilization RCPP project will receive NRCS funding in the amount of $1.1 million. The Board’s Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer Stabilization RCPP projects will help farmers employ several specific strategies to stabilize and recover groundwater levels. The Big Wood River is an essential resource for agriculture in our community.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to work collaboratively with the Idaho Water Resources Board on their RCPP Project,” said Curtis Elke, State Conservationist. “The collaborative effort shows that we can work together as strong partners to address natural resource issues here in Idaho.”

The Board identified three ways farmers can contribute to sustaining the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer within the Big and Little Wood Watersheds: 1) removal of end-guns and irrigated corners on pivot irrigated fields, 2) variable rate irrigation (VRI) pivot enhancements, and 3) flood irrigation enhancements. The Board associated these methods with specific project areas within the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer and Big and Little Wood watersheds so recommended practices vary from county to county.

“The Idaho Water Resource Board’s RCPP funding award will support the State of Idaho’s on-going efforts to stabilize and recover groundwater levels in the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer” said Water Board Chairman Roger Chase.

Farmers can apply for RCPP funding for activities that relate to these three strategies. Farmers can apply to and contract directly with NRCS. Applications must be received by September 25, 2015.
To find out what practices are available in your county, contact one of these NRCS offices to get more information or apply for the program:

Arco – Jesse Fullmer, 208-527-8557 x 105; 125 South Water St., Arco
Gooding – Steve Thompson, 208-934-8481 x 114; 820 Main St., Gooding
Jerome & Shoshone – Patti Hurley, 208-886-2258 x 112; 215 West Front St., Shoshone
Twin Falls – Steve Schuyler, 208-733-5380 x 130; 1441 Fillmore St., Suite A, Twin Falls,

The Idaho Water Resources Board (IWRB) received special funding through USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to help stabilize the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifers. The project is a joint effort by the Idaho Water Resources Board and the NRCS.

For more information about the Regional Conservation Partnership Program see the following flyer:
RCPP Handout

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