Friends of Northern Lake Champlain (FNLC) teamed up with USDA’s National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) on the Pike and Rock River Conservation Project. The project was initiated to provide farmers along both watersheds of the programs and services available.

FNLC and Farmer Exploring Conservation Efforts impacting the Pike and Rock Rivers
Wayne Fiske and Kent Henderson walk through the fields exploring conservation efforts.

NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a Farm Bill program to aid farmers in installing conservation practices that protect waterways and improve soil and water quality.

The grant provided by EQIP allowed Windfall Acres and Riverview Farm’s to implement several conservation efforts.

Conservation Practices for Soil and Water Quality Improvement

  • Reduced Tillage
  • Nutrient Management
  • Cover Crops
  • Permanent Seeding
  • Buffers
  • Prescribed Grazing
  • Manure Injection
  • Strip Cropping

“The increased use of conservation practices is helping reduce phosphorus runoff in both the Pike and Rock River watersheds.”

USDA NRCS Article

We’ll continue to work with these farmers to monitor the results of water quality along these two rivers. Ultimately better practices affect the water quality of Lake Champlain and Lake Carmi.

Some practices have resulted in increased productivity and the farm’s bottom line. Fiske indicated strip cropping increased topsoil conservation, which saved the farm time and money.

Riverview Farm employs a multitude of conservation efforts to minimize their impact on water quality. For instance, manure injection helped to reduce air pollutants and harmful runoff into Lake Carmi and the nearby Pike River.

FNLC Assists Farmers in Funding and Projects

We work with state agencies to administer the funding, and coordinate projects focused on conservation efforts. Various programs are available to all types of landowners. We can assist you in finding the funding necessary to implement projects like the Pike and Rock River Conservation Project.