A new partnership is being formed between the Nature Conservancy, the Michigan Agri-Business Association
, and other community partners to protect the Saginaw Bay watershed.
Appropriately named the Saginaw Bay Watershed Conservation Partnership, the new cooperative effort is being funded by $10 million from the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program, part of the 2014 Farm Bill.
Other partners include Michigan State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and many mid-Michigan agricultural businesses.
As part of the program, crop advisors will connect Saginaw Bay area agricultural customers to funding for conservation and working to implement better conservation practices.
"There's no quick fix on water quality, but this new public-private partnership under RCPP in the Saginaw Bay Watershed represents an important first step," says Jim Byrum, president of MABA. "Protecting and improving water quality in the Saginaw Bay will take time, effort, and creativity. We look forward to working with The Nature Conservancy, Michigan State University and all the partners involved in this innovative effort."
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Michigan Agri-Business Association