The Buffalo River Conservation Committee (BRCC) is accepting applications through Dec. 15 for assistance with funding projects that will benefit water quality and resource management in the Buffalo River Watershed.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson established the BRCC through Executive Order 19-14 on Sept. 23, 2019. The BRCC is tasked with leading and assisting projects benefitting water quality and resource management in the Buffalo River Watershed, with an emphasis being placed on items engaging local stakeholders and landowners that have a positive impact on water quality and are beneficial for landowners within the watershed.
Approximately $167,400 is available for disbursement. Funding for the BRCC efforts was made available through Gov. Hutchinson and the Arkansas Legislature. Applications can be found at cognitoforms.com/ArkansasAgriculture1/brccgrant.
The BRCC membership consists of the secretaries of the departments of Agriculture, Energy and Environment, Health, and Parks, Heritage, and Tourism.
The members of the BRCC are required to work in cooperation with one another to identify opportunities to leverage their department’s unique expertise, relationships, focus areas and funding mechanisms in support of the vitality of the watershed.
The BRCC includes a subcommittee consisting of key stakeholders representing local landowners, conservation organizations, environmental and technical experts, representatives of the tourism industry, local county and municipal officials and federal partners. The subcommittee assists with identifying opportunities for training, relationship building and specific projects in service to preserving and enhancing water quality within the Buffalo River Watershed.
More information about the BRCC can be found at agriculture.arkansas.gov/buffalo-river-conservation-committee.