The Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation program was established in 1977 by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This cost share program provides assistance to landowners who wish to install approved conservation measures. These measures aim to improve water quality and quantity, and help control erosion and sedimentation. Practices eligible for the cost-share program are:
- Critical Area Planting
- Dugouts for Livestock Water
- Grade Stabilization Structures
- Grasses Waterways
- Irrigation Tailwater Recovery Pit
- Irrigation Water management
- Planned Grazing Systems
- Planting or Range Seeding
- Repair of Practices--terraces, dams, diversions, etc.
- Stream Bank Stabilization
- Terrace Systems
- Terrace Underground Outlets
- Water Impoundment Dams
- Water and Sediment-Control Basins
- Windbreaks/ Shelterbelts
- Windbreak Renovation
Funds for this program are dispersed by the DNR to the 23 NRDs throughout the state. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides the technical assistance when planning and installing any approved conservation measures. NRDs are responsible for taking applications for the program, setting priorities, assisting landowners and contractors to complete the practices and arrange the necessary paperwork for submission.
Cost Share Payment
A 50% cost share is available to help defray the construction costs for these practices.