A new conservation program may bolster restoration efforts along the James River. The Department of Agriculture recently announce its plan to invest in public-private partnerships to help improve water quality, support wildlife habitat and enhance the environment. The 370 million competitive grant is part of the five-year Regional Conservation Program made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill. The Robert E. Lee Soil & Water Conservation District, which serves Lynchburg and the counties of Amherst, Appomattox and Campbell reimburse farmers who build fencing to keep livestock out of waterways. Projects must be supported by local and regional partners.