Oklahoma Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
In April 2007 Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry and U.S. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner signed an agreement between USDA and Oklahoma to establish the first Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program in the state. The program pays eligible landowners in eligible watersheds to establish areas of riparian buffers along streams, removing those strips of land from agricultural production for 15 years. The goal in Oklahoma is to create up to 9,000 acres or 370 miles of riparian buffers and filter strips. The conservation plantings reduce the flow of nutrients, sediment and other pollutants in the Spavinaw Lake and Illinois River/Lake Tenkiller watersheds.