University of Vermont

Cultivating Healthy Communities


Connecticut River Watershed Assistance

Farm, Road & Buildings

The Long Island Sound Watershed Regional Conservation Partnership Program (LISW-RCPP) is a landscape-scale initiative that covers the geographic area of Long Island Sound (the Sound) and its watershed. It will coordinate the development and implementation of a comprehensive working lands program with a key focus on: 1) nutrient management and soil health, 2) protection of farmland and non-industrial forest land, and 3) working lands adaptation/ resiliency. The LISW-RCPP will better leverage all resources by connecting with the existing programs and catalyzing innovative watershed-scale public/private partnerships.

The Center's Pasture Team is the UVM lead in this multi-state project, and is focusing on the Upper Connecticut River Valley. Our approach is to provide a team (with expertise in agronomy, engineering, pasture management, cover cropping, manure management, livestock and vegetable production, soil health, farming in a changing climate, food safety, weed management, farm energy use, and farm viability) to work with individual farmers in the watershed.

Project Team


USDA NRCS EQIP technical assistance funds

For more information:

Jenn Colby UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture(802) 656-0858

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