HUNTERDON, N.J. — New funding for on-farm conservation is available in the Black River Greenway area. An informational meeting will be held on March 28 at 9 a.m. at the Bamboo Brook Music Room, 170 Longview Road, Chester, NJ 07903. Project staff will highlight the eligible project area and the eligible conservation activities and explain the application process for the programs currently available in this watershed area. Registration is not required for the meeting but is appreciated. Light refreshments will be provided.
This opportunity was created through Black River Greenway Soil and Water Protection, a Regional Conservation Partnership Program agreement between the New Jersey Conservation Foundation and USDA, Natural Resources Conservation. As part of this agreement, USDA-NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program funding has been set aside to support on-farm conservation in this area.
In addition, farmers in this watershed who enroll their farm in EQIP can apply for supplemental funding for water quality practices through the New Jersey Water Supply Authority’s Ag Mini-Grant program. The mini-grants can provide additional funding for projects implementing practices with a water quality benefit, such as cover crop, fencing that excludes livestock from waterbodies, and other erosion, sediment, and nutrient control practices.
Owners and managers of forest land in the Fox Hill area of Tewksbury Township can also apply for EQIP funding for forestry practices through this Partnership agreement.
Farmers in this area are encouraged to attend the March 28 meeting to learn more. An interactive map is available from New Jersey Water Supply Authority that will help farmers determine if their farm is in the project area: https://www.raritanbasin.org/ag-mini-grants/. To register for the March 28 meeting or for more information about this opportunity, contact Dan Reynolds at 908-483-2361 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
— USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service