Lower Platte South
Natural Resources District
protecting lives, protecting property, protecting the future

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Field Trips
Education Resources
Nature Clubs & Nights
Tree Programs
Water Quality Green Best Management Practices
terrace systems
Summer Conservation Program
farm ponds

Private sector layout
buffer and filter strips
wild nebraska
ground water
Rules & Regulations
Management Plan
Annual Review
Special Management Areas
Well Permit
Monitoring Results
Phase Two and Three Areas
Cost-Sharing Assistance
Certify Irrigated Acres
Tips & Games
Integrated Management
Integrated Management Plan
Water Balance Study
Water for the Future
community assistance
conservation easement

Summer Conservation

Most Conservation projects are constructed in the fall, just after harvest and before winter shutdown. Most landowners prefer doing work at this time, but there is never enough time to complete all of the projects before winter sets in. The NRD offers additional incentives to encourage more conservation projects being done on cropland to be done in the summer.

Terrace systems and water and sediment control basins on cropland are eligible if certified by the NRCS. These practices are designed to control the loss of topsoil and prevent small gullies that contribute to the siltation of streams and lakes. The Summer Conservation Programcost-sharing rate is an additional 10 percent, not to exceed 80 percent. The maximum cost-sharing amount for non-targeted areas increases from $10,000 to $15,000.

Projects completed between May 15th and September 1st are eligible for this increased cost-sharing rate.

Contact your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Office to determine what soil and water conservation practices are needed and the most current information concerning this cost-share program in your county.

You local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Office will assist you with completing your application in Butler, Cass, Lancaster, Otoe, Saunders, and Seward counties.