The Bazile Groundwater Management Area Project on behalf of the Lewis and Clark, Lower Elkhorn, Lower Niobrara, and Upper Elkhorn Natural Resource Districts; in partnership with the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, has received an EPA Section 319 grant with $186,000 allocated \to provide financial incentives to encourage the adoption of Best Management Practices (BMP’s) in the Tier 1 and Tier 2 areas of the project (see map on back). Tier 1 and 2 Areas are defined as geographic areas that contribute varying amounts of groundwater recharge (based upon the timeframe) to Public Water Supply Wells.  As you may already be aware, some of these Public Water Systems are negatively impacted by groundwater nitrate contamination and improvement of groundwater quality in these areas is a high priority for the Project.

     The Bazile Project is partnering with USDA/NRCS and is offering additional cash incentives to leverage the conservation dollars currently available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) program. This combined effort will allow for the adoption of new conservation practices and will cover a large percentage of your out-of-pocket expense.

     Please contact Tanner Jenkins, the Bazile Project Coordinator, at the Upper Elkhorn NRD Office or contact your local NRCS office for more details, and to see if you are eligible for cost shares (please also see area map on back of this page). We look forward to partnering with area landowners, farm operators and  product and service providers to utilize these conservation dollars  in pursuit of  our mutual goal of increased nitrogen use efficiency and the preservation of our local natural resources. By receiving this letter you are recognized as a landowner with eligible land in the Tier 1 or Tier 2 area of the project. If you have received this letter, but do not farm in the Tier 1 or 2 areas, pleas feel free to share this information with a friend or neighbor.

 

Best Management Practices eligible for cost share under the new 319 grant include:

(Cost share amounts listed here are estimates only. Actual rates will depend on the type and extent of the practice, and total cost of the practice.

Cost share in some cases can cover up to 90% of the cost of the practice.*):

 

Nitrification Inhibitors) $1.50 - $26.91* per acre

$773.52 - $2,636.59* each