It was announced on March 28, 2016, by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest $41 million in a three-year initiative to support the work of farmers in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana to improve water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB). The initiative helps farmers and ranchers implement science-based conservation measures to reduce runoff from farms entering the region’s waterways.
Below are videos of the briefing held at the Maumee State Bay Park in Oregon, Ohio.
Terry Cosby introduces Gail Hesse
Jason Weller, Chief USDA NRCS
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur
Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson
Carrie Vollmer-Sanders, The Nature Conservancy
Larry Antosch, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
Kris Swartz, area farmer and Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Representatives for US Senators
Jane Hardisty, Indiana State Conservationist, USDA-NRCS
Garry Lee, Michigan State Conservationist, USDA NRCS
Jason Weller introduces CEAP presentation
Lee Norfleet’s CEAP, segment 1
Lee Norfleet’s CEAP, segment 2
Lee Norfleet’s CEAP, segment 3
Click here to watch as a YouTube Playlist.
- USDA launches $41M initiative to improve WLEB water quality – News release
- Videos: WLEB Conservation Efforts Briefing