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Chelan County Chosen For Pilot Project

July 10, 2013

Beginning

next year, Chelan County will take part in the pilot version of the Volunteer Stewardship Program, or VSP. The

county will receive $150,000 dollars for the first year. The VSP provides funding to farmers with land adjacent to

environmentally critical areas. Farmers volunteer to undertake approved conservation projects.

Projects that could receive funding must address any of five

critical areas identified in the state’s Growth Management Act: wetlands, aquifer-recharge areas,

floodplains, geological hazards and critical habitats.

class="MsoNormal">Chelan and Thurston counties were the only two chosen from the 28 counties that opted in to

the program. The $150,000 dollars will cover the cost of developing a plan

and setting up the process at the local level. The law allows the county to use an existing watershed group or

create a new one.

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