On September 10, 2013 a group of Republican and Democratic House members sent the Agriculture Committees a request asking for the Senate version of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to be included in the Farm Bill instead of the House versions.  All members were from Chesapeake Bay and Great Lakes. 

The new Farm Bill that Congress is currently considering has a new conservation program called the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). But the House and Senate versions of this program differ  the Senate bill contains language that emphasizes water quality benefits.  The goal is to keep nutrients out of rivers and streams.

Summation of the document says:

The request was to reduce edge-of-field loss of sediment by 55%, nitrogen runoff by 42%, nitrogen in subsurface flow by 31% and phosphorus by 40%.

The Senate version includes a greater reserve of funds and acreage from covered programs for RCPP, reserving 8% where house is 6%. Both Chambers allocate funds to national and state, they differ in the allocation they direct to Critical Conservation Areas Senate would direct 35% of funding to critical areas while the house allows for 25%.  The Senate bill also allows the Secretary to designate up to 6 Critical Conservation areas while the House version allow for up to 8. So it is not as targeted.


I can not upload the pdf and can not find the request on line but here is a link with some info from a 3rd group. http://choosecleanwater.org/press-room/blog/conservation-programs-need-t...

House Rep. signing bill: Chris Van Hollen, Rob Whittman, Robert "Bobby" Scott, Andy Harris, Louise Slaughter, John Dingell, John Carney, Matt Cartwright, Gerry Connolly, Elijah Cummngs. John Delaney, Donna Edwards, Randy Forbes, Brian Higgins, Steny Hoyer, Dave Joyce, Marcy Kaptur, Sander Levin, Jim Morgan, Eleanor Holmes Norton,  Bill Owens, Scott Rigell, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes.