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State Conservation Commission

2021-23 Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)

40000013

Funding is provided for matching funds to implement projects under the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program to private landowners, including $2 million for technical assistance. CREP projects include planting shade trees along streams to reduce water temperatures necessary for juvenile salmonid survival; installing fencing to exclude livestock and agricultural activities from stream beds; installing stream crossings to prevent disturbing stream sediments; and enhancing connected wetlands to improve fish rearing habitat.

Prior Biennium Current Biennium Reappropriations Appropriations Future Cost Total Costs
0 0 0 6,000,000 26,000,000 32,000,000
Funds: State Building Construction Account - State 32,000,000

2021-23 Water Irrigation Efficiencies Program

40000014

The Water Irrigation Efficiencies Program was created in 2001 to reduce the competition for limited water resources for communities, fish and agricultural lands. Projects funded through this program provide more efficient water application, while still allowing the producer to grow crops. Program funding is also used to improve water conveyance to reduce water loss through leakage and evaporation. In prior biennia, the funding was administered through the Department of Ecology.

Prior Biennium Current Biennium Reappropriations Appropriations Future Cost Total Costs
0 0 0 4,000,000 16,000,000 20,000,000
Funds: State Building Construction Account - State 20,000,000

2021-23 Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) PIP loan

40000015

Funding is provided for bridge loans to private landowners who have installed riparian buffers under the CREP Practice Incentive Payment program and are awaiting final reimbursement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Prior Biennium Current Biennium Reappropriations Appropriations Future Cost Total Costs
0 0 0 160,000 0 160,000
Funds: Conservation Assistance Revolving Account - State 160,000

2021-23 Natural Resource Investments for the Economy and Enviro

40000016

Grants to assist landowners and farmers with the installation of best management practices in non-shellfish growing areas, with the goal of preserving natural resources while maintaining economic viability of agricultural and natural resource-dependent businesses. BMP projects include construction of fencing, stormwater management structures, manure management structures, water efficiency projects, forest and rangeland health and other projects that protect natural resources.

Prior Biennium Current Biennium Reappropriations Appropriations Future Cost Total Costs
0 0 0 7,000,000 20,000,000 27,000,000
Funds: State Building Construction Account - State 27,000,000

2021-23 Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Match

40000017

Provides matching funds for federally approved Regional Conservation Partnership Program projects. RCPP is a U.S. Department of Agriculture program originating with the 2014 federal Farm Bill. RCPP funds projects to increase the restoration and sustainable use of soil, water, wildlife and related natural resources on regional or watershed scales.

Prior Biennium Current Biennium Reappropriations Appropriations Future Cost Total Costs
0 0 0 7,000,000 22,500,000 29,500,000
Funds: State Building Construction Account - State 29,500,000

2021-23 Improve Shellfish Growing Areas

40000018

Funds conservation district grants to complete natural resource enhancement projects that improve water quality in shellfish growing areas.

Prior Biennium Current Biennium Reappropriations Appropriations Future Cost Total Costs
0 0 0 4,000,000 16,000,000 20,000,000
Funds: State Building Construction Account - State 20,000,000