The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) has been awarded $3 million by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Gulf of Mexico Division to administer a competitive subgrant program within the non-Mississippi River Drainage Region. This includes the 2-Unit Hydrologic Units 12, 13, and a portion of 03. These areas are contained within the states of Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida.
Through this grant, NACD will invest in local partnerships and collaborations within and amongst farm communities. Subrecipients will work directly with historically underserved farmers on novel or innovative techniques, methods, or approaches that reduce nonpoint source pollution and increase adoption of resilient and sustainable agricultural operations. Funded projects will include water quality, habitat restoration and/or sustainable forest management initiatives.
“NACD is excited about this meaningful opportunity to increase collaboration with partners and minority serving institutions within this region and improve outreach and technical assistance to historically underserved producers,” said NACD CEO Jeremy Peters. “NACD and EPA share the goal of advancing equity and increasing access to federally funded programs.”