North Jersey Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D) is the proud recipient of a 2018 National Fish and Wildlife Delaware River Restoration Fund Grant.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and The William Penn Foundation announced the fifth-year round of funding for the Delaware River Restoration Fund projects. Thirteen new or continuing water conservation and restoration grants totaling $2.2 million were awarded, drawing $3.5 million in match from grantees and generating a total conservation impact of $5.7 million. As part of the broader Delaware River Watershed
Initiative, the William Penn Foundation provided $6 million in grant funding for NFWF to continue to administer competitively through its Delaware River Restoration Fund in targeted regions throughout the Delaware River watershed for the next three years. This year, NFWF is also beginning to award grants that address priorities in its new Delaware River Watershed Business Plan. Delaware River Restoration Fund grants are multistate investments to restore habitats and deliver practices that ultimately improve and protect critical sources of drinking water.
The North Jersey RC&D grant proposal entitled: "Fostering Farmer Engagement for Implementation of Agricultural Best Management Practices (NJ)" aims to increase implementation of agricultural best management practices in the Lower-Middle Musconetcong and Lopatcong watersheds in the New Jersey Highlands. Project will
engage farmers in the region through a free soil/manure testing initiative that includes farm assessment and farmer education, a free cover crop and nutrient management
consulting service, as well as providing funding to leverage conservation practice implementation.