Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) in Washington

The Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC) is a lead partner and supporter of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). RCPP is a Farm Bill program administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

In Washington, RCPP has helped agencies, tribes, and non-governmental organizations maximize partnerships and coordinate natural resource investments:

Learn more about SCC and conservation district supported RCPP projects using the map below.

Questions about RCPP? Contact Ron Shultz.

RCPP projects led and/or funded by the SCC and districts (2015-17)

Click one of the five highlighted areas to learn more about the RCPP project

RCPP projects led and/or funded by the SCC and districts (2015-17)

Precision Conservation for Salmon and Water Quality in Puget Sound

Lead Partner: Washington State Conservation Commission

Funded: 2015

Partners will use an ecosystem-wide process for targeting high priority areas in the Puget Sound to improve water quality and habitat for at-risk species, including Chinook salmon, bull trout, and steelhead. Within focus areas, a farmer-to-farmer approach will be used to increase participation and ensure buy-in from the local community.

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WRIA 1 Salmon Recovery and Water Quality Improvement

Lead Partner: Whatcom Conservation District

Funded: 2016

Partners recruited twenty-two landowners ready to implement priority projects that remedy inadequate habitat for fish and wildlife in the Nooksack River watershed in North Puget Sound. Strategic projects will advance recovery of salmon and improve water quality in downstream commercial, ceremonial and subsistence shellfish beds operated by the Lummi Nation.

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Palouse River Watershed Implementation Partnership

Lead partner: Palouse Conservation District (state funding provided by SCC)

Funded: 2015

Through implementation of the Palouse River Watershed Management Plan, more than 15 partners will work with producers to address water quality concerns and reduce water quality regulatory action on producers in this area of Washington and Idaho.

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Greater Spokane River Watershed Implementation

Lead partner: Spokane Conservation District

Funded: 2016

Partners will work to reduce sediment carried to the Spokane River watershed, reduce nutrients, resolve water quality issues, and protect wildlife and fish habitat. Tens of thousands of agricultural and forestry acres, including a tribal farm, will benefit through voluntary NRCS programs.

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Upper Columbia Irrigation Enhancement Project

Lead Partner: Trout Unlimited, Inc (state funding provided by SCC)

Funded: 2015

Funds irrigation efficiency improvements with large irrigators and irrigation districts to modernize water delivery infrastructure. Enhanced instream flows will benefit critical spawning and rearing areas for Endangered Species Act (ESA) fish in critical Upper Columbia Tributaries.

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Puyallup Watershed Partnership

Lead partner: Pierce Conservation District

Funded: 2017

Partners will assist landowners with permanent conservation easements and implementation of restoration activities through Environmental Quality Incentives Program funding assistance. Work will help enhance salmon habitat and preserve the economic and ecosystem benefits that farmland provides.

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