USDA NRCS has opened applications to the Water Bank Program (WBP) in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. The purposes of WBP include (1) preserving and improving major wetlands as habitat for migratory waterfowl and other wildlife, (2) conserving surface waters, (3) reducing soil and wind erosion, (4) contributing to flood control, (5) improving water quality, (6) improving subsurface moisture, and (7) enhancing the natural beauty of the landscape. WBP contracts are non-renewable, 10-year rental agreements for cropland, pastureland, and forestland impacted by flooding.
South Dakota is accepting applications for funding consideration in 2017 until June 30, 2017.
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