The Senate passed the five-year Agricultural Act of 2014, referred to as the Farm Bill, today by a vote of 68-32. Healthy Waters Coalition reports that it is very pleased the final package maintains all the provisions that the coalition advocated for with respect to water quality and nutrients. The package now heads to the President for signature.
Healthy Waters Coalition (HWC) states that they are very proud of the work that was done in advocating for provisions that strengthen the links between working agricultural lands and the quality of our Nation’s waters. Specifically, the final legislation included the HWC’s stronger language prioritizing nutrient management activities for funding within the newly created Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). NACWA pulled together an overview of the RPCC and its purpose for HWC’s members. NACWA will be working with its interested members to encourage them to take advantage of the RCPP to work collaboratively with nearby farmers to achieve water quality benefits through effective nutrient management, and encourage all coalition members to consider the same.
HWC will continue to reach out to its members as they move forward on implementation and appreciates all of the support on behalf of this effort.