Water Protections win Big in Farm Bill 2018 – An Interview with Mike Anderson

Water Protections win Big in Farm Bill 2018 – An Interview with Mike Anderson

News Type: Federal Source: Carpe Diem West
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Healthy Headwaters is a big winner in the 2018 Farm Bill because the final bill includes three of the Healthy Headwaters Alliance’s top legislative priorities of the past several years. In order of importance they are:

  1. The Water Source Protection Program, which requires the Forest Service to work with downstream water users to develop partnerships to protect and restore water supplies;
  2. Another section of the bill is the authorization of the Watershed Condition Framework, which directs the Forest Service to classify all national forest watersheds on their functionality, and develop watershed restoration action plans in cooperation with partners;
  3. The reauthorization and doubling of the funding level for the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP), which funds collaborative restoration projects mostly aimed at reducing fuels and fire risk. The 2018 Farm Bill allows for existing projects to continue on a case-by-case basis, but also provides authorization for at least 10 new projects around the country.