Red River Valley designated as part of new conservation program

May 27, 2014

(WASHINGTON DC) – Congressman Collin C. Peterson announced that the Red River Valley of the North was named as part of the Prairie Grasslands Critical Conservation Area under USDA's Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The RCPP will allow USDA to partner with third parties or work directly with producers in watersheds and other critical conservation areas.

"This program is something I've long-advocated for and put in the 2014 Farm Bill to allow us to use existing conservation programs to help implement water retention in the Red River Valley and other parts of the country," Peterson said. "I expect that USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, watershed districts and farmers will be able to build on these conservation programs to support water retention and help reduce flooding in the Valley while improving water quality and increasing habitat." 

RCPP incorporates the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP), the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI), the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Program (CBWP), and the Great Lakes Basin Program for soil erosion and sediment control (GLBP). Both AWEP and CCPI utilized partnership agreements to focus conservation program funds to targeted areas.