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Funding Available for Producers within the Milford Lake Watershed
Lands eligible for assistance to improve nutrient management
Milford Lake Watershed Partners, in conjunction with the Milford Lake Watershed Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), are announcing financial assistance to help improve nutrient management within the Milford Lake Watershed in a partnership effort to improve water quality conditions within Milford Lake.
Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) have been an issue in Milford Lake for many years, including this year. To help improve nutrient management which can result in decreased runoff which contributes to the formation of HABs within the lake, Milford Lake Watershed Partners are providing this funding opportunity for cropland and livestock-related conservation practices above Milford Lake. Eligible areas for this funding includes portions of Jewell, Republic, Washington, Mitchell, Cloud, Clay, Riley, Dickinson and Geary Counties.
Landowners interested in participating within the eligible areas are encouraged to contact their local county conservation district or Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) Coordinator to apply. A number of nutrient management-related conservation practices are eligible through this initiative, with a focus on nutrient management planning, no-till & cover crops, and livestock accessibility to riparian areas. Applications for this continued round of funding will be accepted through the close of business on September 8, 2022. It is not guaranteed that adequate funding will be available to provide financial assistance to all eligible applications.
State funding for the Milford Lake Watershed RCPP is supported by Governor Laura Kelly and the Kansas Legislature through funding within the State Water Plan Fund to address priority water resource issues and projects recommended by the Kansas Water Authority.
For additional information on partner efforts within the Milford Lake Watershed, please visit www.milfordwatershed.org.
As the state’s water office, KWO conducts water planning, policy coordination and water marketing as well as facilitates public input throughout the state. The agency prepares the KANSAS WATER PLAN, a plan for water resources development, management and conservation.