Nutrient runoff within the Milford Lake watershed in Kansas is a source of nutrient loading contributing to aquatic conditions which promote formation of harmful algal blooms (HAB) within Milford Lake. This Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) project through Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) would look to implement best management practices within the Milford Lake watershed to decrease nutrient runoff, thus decreasing the introduction of new nutrient loading contributing to the formation of HABs in Milford Lake.
HABs have been an issue dating back to at least 2011, when the Kansas Department of Health and Environment first listed Milford Lake as a public lake with confirmed harmful blue-green algal blooms. HABs have been detected within Milford Lake every year since 2011, and in 2015 the lake was divided into three zones (Zones A, B and C) to define in greater detail particular segments of the lake which are affected by HABs. Zones A, B and C all experienced HABs in 2015 and 2016.
- April 21, 2017: Pre-proposal applications due
- Week of June 26, 2017: Announcement of selected pre-proposals
- August 31, 2017: Full proposal applications due
- November 2017: Announcement of selected full proposals
- NRCS will review partnership proposals according to the priorities identified in the announcement and make project selections. Upon selection of a partnership proposal, NRCS and the partner will enter into a partnership agreement through which the partner will complete the project objectives and provide assistance to producers in the project area.
KWO worked along with other potential project partners to develop application materials for the pre-proposal application submittal.
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) would be utilized as the USDA -NRCS program from which project partner direct or in-kind contributions would be matched for this project proposal.