| The Upper Elkhorn NRD has the responsibility of managing,
developing and protecting the soil and water resources found in the district.
For this reason, the NRD offers many conservation programs to aid
landowners in protecting, preserving and improving our soil and water quality.
The Upper Elkhorn NRD has the authority to administer state funds under
the Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation Program (NSWCP). The program
allows landowners to costshare on a variety of practices for the purpose
of conservation. Since each NRD has problems specific to its area,
the Upper Elkhorn NRD Board of Directors has established priority practices
under the NSWCP program for the district.
These practices include: Pasture Planting
and Range Seeding; Windbreaks; Planned Grazing System; and, Irrigation Water
Management. Conservation practicies installed through the NSWCP program
are to be maintained for a minimum of 10 years. Any conservation practice
funded through the NSWCP program which is not maintained for the 10 years
may be liable for reimbursement to the Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation
fund. The sign up date for all practices is October 1 through March
31 and will be on a first come first serve basis as approved by the Board
of Directors. There is also a limit of $7,000 per cooperator.
In addition to the NSWCP program the Upper
Elkhorn NRD also offers several other practices in conjunction with agencies
and local funding. Some of these practicies include:
Deep Soil Sampling; Anhydrous
Ammonia Application, Livestock Manure Analysis,
Domestic Water Quality, Wildlife Habitat Improvement;
and Water Well Decommissioning. The costshare
rate for all practices is 50% with the exception of Water Well Decommissioning
which is 75%. Sign up dates for these practices are seasonal.
Cooperators interested in applying for cost share should
contact their local Natural Resources Conservation Service office or the
Upper Elkhorn NRD office to sign up.
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For more information on the Upper
Elkhorn Natural Resources District contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 402-336-3867.