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
  • Diversions
  • 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.

Conservation Awards

Nomination Form

Every year the UNWNRD takes in nominations from the public for those individuals in our district who have done an exemplary job of furthering both the knowledge, and practices, of conservation in their area. Their efforts to improve the quality of the land, water, and wildlife within the district sets them apart, and this award is a great way to show our gratitude. Community members may be nominated by any member of the public, as well as by any public agency, such as the Nebraska Forest Service, or the NRCS.

The categories for nomination are:

  • Wildlife Habitat
  • Water Conservation
  • Range Management
  • Natural Resources Education
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Soil Conservation
  • Forest Management
  • Tree Planting
  • Noxious Weed Control
  • Or any other conservation effort

Links & Forms


Conservation Awards

(308) 432-6190

(308) 432-6187

Mailing Address:
430 East Second Street
Chadron, Nebraska 69337

For specific contact information related to UNWNRD Board and Staff, please see the ‘About Us’ page.

To learn more about Nebraska’s NRDs, please see the ‘Links’ page.