USDA Program giving millions to area for nature conservancy

A bi-state proposal to improve water quality and fish and wildlife habitat in the Upper Clinch-Powell River watersheds is among 84 high-impact projects nationwide slated to receive more than $220 million through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

The Nature Conservancy’s Clinch Valley Program will spearhead this $4.5 million public-private initiative to help accelerate the planning and implementation of Best Management Practices in Lee, Scott and Russell counties in Virginia and Hancock and Claiborne counties in Tennessee.

Clinch Valley Program Director Brad Kreps told Times News that “The Clinch and Powell are two of our nation’s greatest rivers in terms of rare species and biodiversity."

NRCS received 265 pre-proposals in 2015 and invited 165 to submit full proposals. The announcement of program funding for fiscal year 2017 will be made later in the year.


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