USDA accepting applications to improve water quality near the Tongue River

The USDA announced in a press release that The Sheridan County Conservation District and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are currently accepting applications for water quality improvement projects under the Tongue River Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).  The current sign-up deadline for 2021 projects is March 17, 2021. 

RCPP is a USDA program that uses public-private partnerships to improve land and water resources. 

“RCPP is a great program, bringing NRCS together with local partners to target conservation efforts for water quality improvement projects on the Tongue River,” Astrid Martinez, Wyoming State Conservationist for USDA’s NRCS said in the release.

According to the USDA, the Upper Tongue River Watershed RCPP is one of two projects in Wyoming that were selected for funding under this program in 2015 out of more than 600 pre-proposals submitted nationally. 

The Upper Tongue River Watershed RCPP project was developed as a partnership among The Nature Conservancy, the Sheridan Community Land Trust, the Sheridan County Conservation District, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and other partners.  

During an appearance on Sheridan Media’s Public Pulse, Sheridan Community Land Trust Director of Marketing and Development Chris Vrba posed some questions to local agriculture land owners who may wish to take advantage of the water quality improvement projects.

C. Vrba

According to the USDA, the project included funding for projects within the Tongue River Watershed (including the Goose Creek and Prairie Dog Creek watersheds) within Sheridan County. Projects can include fencing and stock water for riparian area and grazing management improvements, irrigation diversion and infrastructure improvements, and others.

For more information contact Andrew Cassiday with the USDA NRCS, Sheridan Field Office, 307-683-4192 or

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