The Conservation District is conducting a cost-share sign up through July 15, 2009.
The State Conservation Commission administers state cost-share programs through the conservation district, which provide landowners financial assistance to implement approved conservation practices. Funding for the Water Resource Cost Share program is provided by the State Conservation Commission from the Kansas Water Fund.
All cost-share practices are required to be built to SCC approved standards and specifications are based primarily on USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service(NRCS) Field Office Technical Guide Standards and Specifications.
Steps to receive cost-share assistance:
- Fill out an application at the Conservation District office
- Your appllication will receive a score based on a water quailty assessment
- Application will be reviewed by the board of supervisor
- If the application is approved, a contract is created for your project
- Sign and return the contract to our office
- After receiving signed contract, you may start construction
- Once the project is complete, submit a copy of the bill(s) to the District's office.
- District/NRCS staff certifies that the project meets NRCS specifications.
- Your cost-share payment from the state is mailed directly to you.
Practice(s) under contract shall be maintained according to required maintenance procedures for 10 years.
State Water Resource Cost-Share Program
This program provides financial incentives to landowners for the establishment of conservation practices to reduce soil erosion, improve or protect water quality and enhance water supplies.
List of Practices:
Contour buffer strips
Critical area planting
Grade Stablization Structure
Pasture and Hayland Planting
Riparian Forest Buffer
Water and Sediment Control Basin
Non-Point Source Pollution Program (NPS)
The Non-Point Source Program is a compreshensive voluntary program that provides technical and financial assistance for restoring and protecting surface and groundwater quality. This achieved by the installation of pollution control measures/structures and through information and education assistance.
Abandoned Water Well Plugging
On-Site Waste System
Livestock Waste System
Kansas Water Quality Buffer Initiative
This is a state incentive program complementing the federal Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). State incentives supplement federal incentives to encourage the establishment of riparian forest buffers and vegetative filter strips. The goal of the Kansas Water Quality Buffer Initiative is to reduce non-point source pollution runoff in targeted areas.
The Buffer Initiative works in conjunction with the federal Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CCRP) which is administered through the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Under the continuous CRP program landowners may enroll buffers, which are an area of land that is installed along a stream and maintained in permanent vegetation to help enhance water quality by reducing potential pollution problems; as well as achieving other conservation objectives. Buffers vary in size from 30 to 120 feet wide and are planted to native grass and receive an annual rental payment for a period of 10 to 15 years.