S.S. Lapointe Watershed Improvement Cost Share Program

Take your farm management to the next level and help improve Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) water quality! A new cost-share funding opportunity is available to achieve nutrient and sediment reduction goals outlined in the S.S. Lapointe Watershed Management Plan.

This funding program is available to producers to implement new or enhanced precision nutrient management, erosion control and soil health strategies in their farming operation. All field crop acreage in the project area (S.S. Lapointe Drain, Wells Drain, Wenrick & Cousino Drain, Lakeside Drain, Muddy Creek, and Sulphur Creek watersheds) is eligible. Fields identified as a priority during our agriculture inventory will be given preference and awarded as applications are received. All other fields will be considered for funding and awarded by February 1, 2021.

This program will provide cost-share to try new and enhanced practices such as:
  • Grid/zone sampling approved nutrient management plans - $7/acre
  • Variable rate application (self or custom application) or subsurface placement - $35/acre
  • Reduced Tillage (>30% residue) or No-till - $17/acre
  • Cover Crops - $45/acre
  • Filter Strip (minimum 25ft) - $390/acre
  • Drainage Water Management (plan and structure included) - $1,500

Enrollment begins November 1, 2020. Notice of award will be received within 15 business days of application submission.

Prior to payment of the awarded contract, the applicant must have an approved nutrient management review and complete a Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) cropping assessment. Monroe Conservation District MAEAP technicians will provide assistance to meet these requirements. All operation details discussed remain confidential. Producers enrolled in the program have until August 2022 to implement practices and complete their contract. Reimbursement payments are made quarterly following the verification of practice implementation.

Please visit https://rriearth.org/lapointe-project/ to view a map of the watershed and the S.S. Lapointe Drain Watershed Management Plan.

This opportunity is funded through the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy’s Nonpoint Source Program, by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Cost share is still available, use this 2020 application.

Monroe Conservation District
1137 South Telegraph Road, Monroe, MI 48161