Results and Accomplishments · 100% of Farm Bill applications in the two watersheds were accepted
· Conservation plans have begun for several landowners in the two watersheds
· Trout habitat structures were installed in an efficient and coordinated effort by several groups
· Communication and cooperation between key groups has increased.
· Resource providers more aware of resources available from other agencies
· The prioritization of Farm Bill funding has proven to be both a significant source of assistance as well as a powerful leveraging tool.
· The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has dedicated over $500,000 in Clean Water Act, Section 319 funds to the two watersheds in support of the partnership.
· Over $300,000 in additional, non-NRCS funds have been acquired through multiple partners to plan and implement a variety of projects, including innovative geomorphic assessments, habitat and stream restorations, and 3 dam removals.
· Several Conservation Planners are trained and working with support from NRCS and the Potawatomi Resource Conservation & Development Council.
· Working with Pheasants Forever and private entities, the US Fish & Wildlife Service has prioritized its Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program funds to establish several native prairies and wetlands on private lands.
· The prioritization of funds by multiple partners has helped dissolve political boundaries, streamlined program implementation and furthered a watershed approach to conservation.