Young watermen are redefining the character and approach to working the Chesapeake Bay.
Watermen on the Bay Young watermen are redefining the character and approach to working the Chesapeake Bay. © Jason Houston

Land & Water Stories

Regional Conservation Partnership Program

RCPP focuses on watershed-level resource concerns, including soil, water, air, wildlife and climate.

Increasing the restoration and sustainable use of soil, water, and other natural resources on a scale large enough to make a significant impact is daunting at times—but it’s important work that benefits us all. The best approach is often working with partners in strategic areas to address the most critical conservation needs with as many hands as possible.

The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) makes this approach possible.

RCPP focuses on watershed-level resource concerns, including soil, water, air, wildlife and climate.

Starting with federal resources, RCPP brings new partners and new funding to the conservation table, maximizing the impact.

The program, which was introduced in the 2014 Farm Bill, provides nearly $250 million each year in federal funding to help more members of the agricultural community adopt conservation practices in areas that need it the most.

This resource empowers communities and drives public-private partnerships to find local, innovative solutions to difficult natural resource challenges for watersheds and landscapes. The program has mobilized more than 2,000 conservation partners who have invested about $1.4 billion to on-the-ground funding, which doubles the amount of federal funding for these projects.

That’s a lot of people, a lot of dollars and a lot of commitment to vital conservation programs.

The Nature Conservancy is one of RCPP’s largest partners, leading projects across the country, from protecting the most intact native grazing lands remaining in Kansas and Oklahoma to enhancing wildlife and water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

That experience tells us that even when something is this good, there’s always room for improvement. The Conservancy is striving to make this program even better at promoting innovation and enabling new partnerships by advocating for additional resources and flexibility for RCPP in the next Farm Bill.

The RCPP delivers unparalleled benefits to our communities, our families and our nation’s wildlife. It provides the country with clean and abundant water supplies, resilience to drought, reduced flooding, improved air quality, healthy soil, wildlife habitat—basically better everything.

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