GRAND ISLE, Vt. — The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) seeks proposals for services to retrofit farm equipment in New York in an effort to improve water quality in Lake Champlain. The LCBP will provide up to $50,000 to enhance corn planters and other equipment so they can be used for no-till planting. The project will help to reduce sediment and phosphorus inputs from farms.
Reducing phosphorus inputs from soil erosion on farms is a critical step in improving the health of Lake Champlain. No-till planting disturbs soils less than traditional seeding techniques that plough the soil. With this technique, soil particles—and the nutrients that attach to them—are less likely to be picked up by runoff and carried to local water bodies.
The LCBP funding will support outreach to make farmers in New York aware of the opportunity, solicitation of willing farmers to participate, and technical assistance in installing the equipment modifications. A cost share incentive to farms will also be included in the program. Farmers who are working fields near or adjacent to water bodies flowing into Lake Champlain will receive priority. The LCBP anticipates granting one award from this Request for Proposals.
This project will further the goals of the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s long-term management plan Opportunities for Action. Support is provided with funds awarded to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) on behalf of the Lake Champlain Basin Program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The deadline for proposals is December 20, 2019 at 12:00 PM EST (noon). The successful applicant will be notified by late January 2020. Applicants must submit proposals in electronic format through NEIWPCC’s online portal. Details about the Request for Proposals are available online at lcbp.org/grants or by calling the Lake Champlain Basin Program office at (802) 372-3213.
The Lake Champlain Basin Program coordinates and funds efforts that benefit the Lake Champlain Basin’s water quality, fisheries, wetlands, wildlife, recreation, and cultural resources. For further information about the program, contact the Lake Champlain Basin Program, 54 West Shore Road, Grand Isle, VT at (802) 372-3213 / (800) 468-5227 or visit www.lcbp.org.
–Lake Champlain Basin Program
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