Midwest Agriculture Water Quality Partnership RCPP
The $100+ million Midwest Agriculture Water Quality Partnership (MAWQP) project has improved conservation on over four million acres so far. It has been so successful, USDA-NRCS renewed this project for another five years. Aimed at advancing soil health, reducing nutrient loss, and improving water quality, the conservation implemented in the MAWQP also provides benefits like diversified wildlife and pollinator habitat, carbon sequestration, increased recreational opportunities, and reduced erosion. It is co-led by IAWA and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.
The MAWQP is a great example of how connecting partners can create success. With $21 million in funding from USDA-NRCS and more than 40 project partners providing over $79 million, the MAWQP brings together many diverse stakeholders. Together, we accomplished work that reduces annual nitrogen and phosphorus loading into local waterways by nearly 2.5 million pounds annually. Check out the priority watersheds impacted the most!
The MAWQP is the largest Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) in the nation. RCPPs drive innovation in conservation efforts by bringing public and private entities together to target priority watersheds and landscapes.