|Reference Title||Conservation Innovation Grants|
|Date Published||January 2012|
|Authors||USDA National Resources Conservation Service|
The US Department of Agriculture just announced that up to $10 million will be available in Conservation Innovation Grants to support the development of water quality markets. Half of that is earmarked specifically for Chesapeake Bay-area trading programs. |
"For the first time USDA has offered funding specifically for water quality trading," said Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. "Our goal is to demonstrate that markets are a cost-effective way to improve water quality in places like the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and agricultural producers are critical to the function of these markets."
The deadline for project proposals was March 2, 2012.