Soil Conservation: Cost-share sign-up is open this month
Submitted by Niki Tollefson, District Manager at Brown County Conservation District
The Brown County Conservation District is conducting a sign-up Feb. 1 through Feb. 28, to accept requests for state financial assistance to install enduring conservation practices.
The conservation district administers state cost-share programs locally to improve water quality and reduce soil erosion. Funding is provided by the Division of Conservation, Kansas Department of Agriculture (DOC) through appropriation from the Kansas Water Plan Fund.
Landowners with natural resource concerns on their property are encouraged to visit the Brown County Conservation District to discuss the possibility of receiving state financial assistance. Funding is provided through cost-share payments to landowners for traditional conservation practices designed to conserve soil and protect water resources. There is also cost share available to address abandoned well plugging, upgrading failing home waste systems and upgrading livestock waste facilities.
The sign-up does not guarantee approval of cost-share financial assistance. Projects started or completed prior to being approved for funding are not eligible for these funds.
Following the sign-up deadline, each request is carefully reviewed to ensure eligibility. The proposed project is ranked according to a system developed by BCCD. The ranking system ensures fairness to landowners and ensures cost-share funds are used to meet local conservation priorities.
Landowners approved for the program are notified of the practice(s) approved and the estimated amount of cost-share that will be provided. Before the work can begin, the contract is approved by the DOC and must be signed by the landowner(s).
The conservation district works closely with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to protect and conserve natural resources, primarily soil and water. Conservation practices funded with state cost-share funds must be installed and maintained according to NRCS and DOC specifications.
It is necessary that landowners work closely with NRCS in the planning stage to ensure practices are applied correctly. Technical assistance for these practices is provided free of charge by the USDA.
For more information concerning state cost-programs and other available services, please contact Niki Tollefson, District Manager, Brown County Conservation District, at 785-742-3161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.