The USDA has invested $48 million into the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP), implemented through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
Fellow partners in WREP will be providing nearly $2.3 million in matching funds, bringing the total to more than $50 million.
The project will “protect, restore and enhance more than 15,000 acres of wetlands in critical watersheds across the nation.”
Partners work directly with agricultural producers to enroll their agricultural land into wetland conservation easements, according to NRCS.
“The projects will address long-term wetland restoration and assist flood-affected landowners in the identified watersheds,” said NRCS Chief Matthew Lohr.
Wetland reserve easements allow landowners to reduce impacts from flooding, recharge groundwater, enhance and protect wildlife habitat and provide outdoor recreational and educational opportunities, according to NRCS.