Farmers Helping Hellbenders Project

Funding is now available to producers in the Blue River-Sinking Watershed to implement conservation practices on their land to assist with the recovery of Eastern Hellbenders and improvement of aquatic resources. This funding is provided through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) and will assist farmers in implementing practices designed to keep nutrients.

This photo is a map depicting the Blue River-Sinking watershed boundary and the 4 counties within that watershed that are part of the project area: Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, and Washington. Applications that fall within this watershed boundary are eligible to compete for funding.


Practices Planned Amount $
Cover Crops 5181.9 ac $213,927.87
Critical Area Planting 4.4 ac $2,625.00
Field Border 1.1 ac $536.00
Mulching 5.1 ac $5,784.00
Nutrient Management DIA 2 plans $10,140.00
Nutrient Management 4820.4 ac $292,485.00
Grassed Waterways 0.7 ac $2,332.00
Lined Waterway or Outlet 564.7 CuYd $60,316.00
Grade Stabilization Structure 376.8 SqFt $5,091.00
Subsurface Drain 1727 ft $3,161.00
Underground Outlet 30 ft $2,162.00
Fence 700 ft $1,246.00
Access Control 0.3 ac $16.00
Total $599,821.87


How Do I Apply?

Eligible producers and forest land owners who wish to implement conservation practices on their land should discuss their options with their local district conservationist. For more information or to submit an application, contact your local district conservationist.


RCPP - Farmers Helping Hellbenders Project Administrator

Eliza Hudson

Eliza Hudson

Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)
RCPP Project Administrator
1855 Gardner Lane NW , Corydon IN, 47112

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Seated - Left to Right: Virginia Morris (Harrison County SWCD Office Manager), Eliza Hudson (Regional Conservation Partnership Program Coordinator for the Farmers Helping Hellbenders Program), Cora Brown (Washington County SWCD Technician). Standing (top row) - Left to Right: Aaron Walker (Washington County SWCD Supervisor), Nevada Wagers (Washington County SWCD Office Manager), Rhonda Johnson (Washington County SWCD Supervisor), Ruth Hackman (Washington County NRCS District Conservationist)
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