Protecting Clean Drinking Water with the Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Wednesday, 11/06/2019
1:00 PM EST - 2:30 PM EST

Event Info

Wednesday, November 6th 1:00-2:30PM EDT


  • Terron Hillsman, MD State Conservationist, NRCS
  • Lois Bruinooge, Executive Director, The Last Green Valley
  • Christopher Riely, Conservationist and Forester, Sweet Birch Consulting
  • Craig Highfield, Director of Chesapeake Forest Program, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
  • Adam Carpenter, Manager Energy and Environmental Policy, American Water Works Association

Summary of Webinar:

The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) program that has provided hundreds of millions of dollars in conservation assistance to farmers and landowners, encouraging the restoration and sustainable use of soil, water, wildlife and related natural resources on regional or watershed scales. Since 2014 when the program started, it has provided technical and funding support to innovative projects that include diverse partners such as farmers, foresters, land trusts, drinking water providers, conservation districts, community groups and local governments.

Join this webinar to learn about how RCPP works and how it has been used to protect clean drinking water and how it might be applicable in your community. We’ll get an overview of how the RCPP works from the NRCS and then hear from two successful RCPP projects, the Southern New England Heritage Forest Partnership and the Mason Dixon Working Lands Partnership about how they have protected clean drinking water.

We will end with a discussion about strategies for developing projects with water systems for this and future years, saving plenty of time for questions. Applications for the next round of RCPP funding is currently open with applications due December 3rd – and funding has been authorized for future fiscal years through 2023.

This webinar is jointly sponsored by River Network and the Source Water Collaborative.

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