Watershed Protection Committee of Racine County

The Watershed Protection Committee of Racine County (WPCR) consists of a group of local farmers leading efforts in erosion control, water and soil quality improvements, and providing information to farmers and rural landowners on conservation practices. 

Website created by: Briar Rose Marketing & Design

What We Do

Incentive Programs

WPCR provides incentive payments for farmers and rural landowners who sign up to add new grassed buffer acreage and/or cover crop acreage. These programs encourage farmers and rural landowners to take steps towards more sustainable agriculture practices.

Grassed Buffers

Grassed buffers are areas or strips of land with permanent vegetation strategically planted next to waterways. Buffers are effective in:  

  • Preventing water bank erosion

  • Reducing surface runoff and soil erosion

  • Contributing to the removal of nitrates and other agricultural chemicals

  • Improving sedimentation control

  • Increasing water infiltration into the soil

  • Improving wildlife and fish habitats

Payment of $500 per new sign up for landowners installing new acreage into grassed buffers within one of the six watersheds. 

Cover Crops

Grassed buffers are areas or strips of land with permanent vegetation strategically planted next to waterways. Buffers are effective in:  

  • Reducing surface runoff and soil erosion

  • Reducing nutrient leaching

  • Improving weed control, beneficial insects and disease suppression

  • Increasing soil organic carbon

  • Increasing water infiltration into the soil

  • Improving soil physical properties - reducing soil compaction and improving field trafficability

  • Recycling nutrients (fix nitrogen with legumes)

Payment of $25 per acre for farmers to plant cover crops (maximum of 200 acres per farmers). 

Interested in planting buffer acreage or utilizing cover crops?