Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program

Water pollution comes from many sources, and some of it comes from farms. That's why Monroe Conservation District is standing by to help you enroll in the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) This program offers assistance and recognition to farmers who reduce erosion and runoff from private land into public waters.

This program is free and voluntary. Everything we learn about your farm is 100% confidential. This is guaranteed by state law.

Farmers who earn MAEAP recognition will receive a sign to display on their farm. This sign will show that you are a top steward in your community. You may also benefit from regulatory protections and be at an advantage for additional expert help and cost share. Above all, you will earn an enduring sense of pride and accomplishment for your work.

What MAEAP-Recognized Farmers Say

Doug Darling

Darling Farms

"We are participating in MAEAP because we recognize the benefit to the environment, our community and our farming operation. I encourage more farms to pursue verification in MAEAP."
Bruce and Jennifer Lewis

Pleasant View Dairy

“We believe electively opting to participate in MAEAP... will help farmers keep up with the rapid pace of environmental and sustainability-based industry changes... The fourth generation is now learning and preparing for their future as we all try to leave our farmstead better than we found it.”

Art Lister

Lister Orchards

"A big advantage of the MAEAP program is that it’ is a proactive approach to work with producers. I want to know that I am doing everything I can to protect the environment, and this assures me that I am doing just that."

    Click the button to schedule a free and 100% confidential visit with your local
    MAEAP technician to discuss whether this voluntary program is right for you.

You can earn:
  • Recognition as a top steward in the community
  • Regulatory protections
  • Preferred consideration for technical assistance and cost share
  • An enduring sense of accomplishment and pride
We promise:
  • The program is 100% confidential, guaranteed by state law
  • We will treat you and your business with respect
  • We will help you with the paperwork and red tape
  • We will help you leave a legacy for your children
MAEAP recognition is:
  • Achievable. Farms have earned more than 5000 verifications across the state
  • Something to be proud of. You can be among the top 5% of farms who have earned this designation so far
MAEAP helps farmers adopt cost-effective practices that reduce erosion and runoff into ponds, streams, and rivers. This, in turn, helps farmers comply with state and federal laws. MAEAP is a voluntary program. We recognize and reward top stewards of the land. This is a state program delivered by conservation districts, local leaders you know. MAEAP is open to any Michigan farmer. There are four categories of recognition: 1) Cropping, 2) Livestock, 3) Farmstead, and 4) Forest, Wetlands, and Habitat.

The program includes four steps:


Attend a workshop or schedule a private meeting to learn if MAEAP is right for you. Alternately, you can review educational materials on the MAEAP website at your own pace.
Farm Visit & Recommendations

Invite a MAEAP technician to tour your farm. This technician will explain the program and recommend practical steps you can take to reduce erosion and runoff into public waters.

Everything the technician learns about your farm will remain confidential and will not be shared with your competition or environmental regulators.

Do the work at your own pace. Our MAEAP technicians are here to help you every step of the way. A technician will help you develop your plan of action, and fill out paperwork. He or she will also steer you to cost share and expert help, if you want.

Once the work is complete, you can contact the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. A verifier from MDARD will visit your farm to ensure the recommended practices are in place and address erosion and runoff risks on your land. When the work is done, we will give you a sign to place on your farm and send you a certificate signed by the Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

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    Click the button to schedule a free and 100% confidential visit with your local
    MAEAP technician to discuss whether this voluntary program is right for you.

Meet Our Technicians

Brittany Santure

Brittany, MAEAP Technician with the Monroe Conservation District serving Monroe and Wayne County, started in March of 2018 replacing Rob Bates.

She obtained her BS in Biology: Conservation of Natural Resources from Central Michigan University in 2015. Since that time Brittany has worked in Monroe County for the River Raisin Institute, a local non-profit organization. As the Program Coordinator she facilitated environmental education, sustainability awareness, and ecological stewardship programs throughout the Western Lake Erie Basin. Brittany has worked on projects with private landowners, non-profits, local, state, and federal agencies focused on watershed management planning in the S.S. Lapointe Drain Watershed, invasive species removal and habitat restoration.

Brittany is a Monroe native and is excited to continue working with the Agricultural community, learn from local producers and help them achieve their conservation goals.

When Brittany isn’t working she enjoys being outdoors hiking, kayaking, and horseback.

Email: Brittany.Santure@macd.org
Phone: 734-265-9313

Hannah Witt

Hannah Witt is joining the team as our new MAEAP Technician! Hannah is a 2016 graduate of Michigan State University, where she earned her degree in Zoology. Upon graduation, Hannah accepted a position with the Bureau of Land Management in Oregon, where she conducted population and habitat surveys. From Oregon, Hannah moved to Cold Bay, Alaska, where she worked as a Biological Science Technician for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. During this time, she conducted research on a variety of wildlife and vegetation within the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

Hannah grew up on Witt Farms in Deerfield, Michigan and is excited to continue pursuing her passion for conservation in the area she calls home. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, hiking, kayaking, and bird watching.

Email: hannah.witt@macd.org
Phone: 734-265-9315

For more information about MAEAP visit:
Monroe Conservation District
1137 South Telegraph Road, Monroe, MI 48161
734-265-9311     Catherine.Acerboni@mi.nacdnet.net