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NB 390-19-3 PDM – Attendance of NASCA and NWC Conference
National Bulletin: 390-19-3    Date: August 21, 2019
Subject: PDM – Attendance of NASCA and NWC Conference

Action Required By:   August 9, 2019
Purpose.  To encourage participation in the National Association of State Conservation Agencies (NASCA) and the National Watershed Coalition (NWC) Conference and request names of NRCS employees seeking to attend.
Expiration Date.  September 30, 2019

Background.  . The NASCA and NWC Conference will be held September 30 - October 2, 2019, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, Lexington, KY. The biannual conference of NASCA and NWC affords NRCS employees opportunities to exchange technical information and obtain new knowledge of watershed planning and operational activities, including proposed changes that may affect these activities.

The conference will include five key areas:

(1) Farm Bill - using farm bill programs to work for conservation and watershed program implementation;
(2) Weather Events - planning conservation strategies to mitigate the impacts of extreme weather events;
(3) Partnerships - maximizing the potential of non-traditional partnerships;
(4) Planning - meeting the needs for conservation and watershed planning moving forward; and
(5) Infrastructure - demonstrating the impact of conservation practices on public infrastructure.

The agenda can be accessed at the National Watershed Coalition website http://conservationconference.com/agenda-2019/.


Explanation.  Attendance and eligibility to participate in the NWC conference will be based on meeting at least one of the following criteria:

• Employees who have program responsibilities in watershed operations, RCPP, or rehabilitation and are currently working on watershed activities
• Employees presenting at the conference
• Employees who will be active members of a committee at the conference
• Employees with watershed projects whose sponsors are attending the conference

Certain travel restrictions are in place and meeting these criteria does not guarantee travel approval.

Employees may use the conference for continuing education requirements to maintain a license, but it must be documented in their individual development plan in AgLearn.

Travel requests will be collectively considered with an agency attendance perspective. In order to capture potential NRCS involvement in this meeting, State Conservationists, National Center directors, Directors, and National Headquarters division directors must submit a SCS-FNM-72 (“Meeting Attendance Approval”) by August 9, 2019, to Jesse Wilson at jesse.wilson@.usda.gov.  The form must include the employee’s name, hourly rate, number of on-duty hours anticipated (traveling and at the conference), duty station, lodging, meals and incidental expense rate, transportation costs, other expenses, and the purpose of each employee’s attendance (e.g., presenting a paper or poster, making a presentation, conducting training, moderating a session, member of a technical committee meeting at the conference, earning continuing education requirements to maintain a license, etc.). In addition, please include the following budget information for each employee: budget fiscal year, functional area, and work breakdown structure.

Each administrative office must prepare travel authorizations and cover related travel costs for their employees attending this meeting. 

Contact.  For general information about the conference, please contact Jesse Wilson, National Watershed Rehabilitation Program Coordinator, Conservation Planning and Technical Assistance, Division, Watersheds, at jesse.wilson@.usda.gov or (202) 720-0189.      


Deputy Chief for Programs  


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