​        Soil Health and

        Nutrient Management (SHNM)

The primary resource concern to be addressed by the LISW-RCPP program is hypoxia, or low oxygen levels, caused by excess nutrients (primarily nitrogen) from storm water runoff.  Excess nutrients are also impacting drinking water supplies within the watershed.  The aim of this component of the program is to reduce nitrogen loading to Long Island Sound from working lands, and improve overall soil health, biodiversity, and source water protection on farms by increasing the adoption of NRCS conservation practices.

Through the Soil Health and Nutrient Management program area, Conservation Districts in the project area will provide technical assistance to EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentives Program) eligible agricultural producers, especially those not previously reached by USDA NRCS programs.  This will include the development of conservation plans leading to the completion of nutrient management plans on farms throughout the watershed over the life of the program.

Conservation District work can include soil, stalk and manure sampling and testing as needed, as well as monitoring and documentation of conservation practices implemented as a result of conservation planning activities.  In collaboration with technical assistance provided by State University Cooperative Extension Services, this conservation planning will lead to implementation of non-structural practices such as:

                  nutrient management

                  cover crops

                  conservation crop rotation

                  residue management



                  forage and biomass planting

                  prescribed grazing

                  integrated pest management

​Jill Arace, VT Association of Conservation Districts

Mike O'Neill, UConn Cooperative Extension System

The Connecticut Council on Soil and Water Conservation LISW-RCPP Request for Proposals

Conservation Districts

Soil Health and Nutrient Management Planning

Invite proposals from State Associations of Conservation Districts, Conservation District State Agencies, individual Conservation Districts





June 30, 2016  Proposals must be submitted by this date for agreements to be signed by September 30, 2016

Quarterly Reports and Invoices are due on the following dates (or the Monday immediately following):

  • December 8th
  • March 8th
  • June 8th
  • September 8th

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September 30, 2016 Funds not allocated by this date may be made available to other states

December 15, 2019 End date for LISW-RCPP grant reporting