The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has funding for projects in two Nebraska watersheds.
Rich Torpin, NRSC-Nebraska program manager, says staff will work to develop a conservation plan that works best for each farming or ranch operation.
“Whether it be terracing for soil erosion problems or maybe they have livestock-related water quality issues or sedimentation – things like that,” Torpin tells Nebraska Radio Network. “Depending on the nature of what the erosion concern or the resource concern was.”
This is the third year targeting areas around Bazile and Wahoo creeks.
“It takes a while. You know, there are a lot of different water quality areas and problems. You just don’t treat everything with one plan or one contract. It has to take multiple years, multiple contracts on multiple areas to have a good effect.”
Torpin says possible projects include landowners planting cover crops, filter strips, and other erosion control practices to improve water quality.
USDA Service Centers have applications available until the April 15th deadline for the $860,000.
Torpin says the number of projects they fund depends on the type. He says project costs range from about $4,000-$50,000.