Beginning July 1, 50 county conservation districts will have access to $300,000 through a new partnership between the Kansas Association of Conservation Districts, and Kansas Department of Health and Environment Watershed Management Section and Kansas Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies.

This partnership will provide funding for the installation of best management practices within 19 high priority watersheds across Kansas. The goal is to promote a reduction of phosphorous in the identified targeted areas and assist local farmers and cattlemen in making water quality improvements to their operation.

Eligible BMPs may include relocation of feeding pens or pasture feeding sites; off-stream watering systems; implementation of rotational grazing plan; riparian area fence; terraces/waterways as part of a longterm no-till system; no-till incentives; implementing nutrient management plans; riparian buffers; and cover crops.

The Environmental Protection Agency Section 319 and the Kansas State Water Plan provided the funding for the WRAPS program with the goal of addressing water quality concerns. Implementation of the partnership funds will be administered locally through the county conservation districts.

Landowners and operators who have resource concerns related to soil health and water quality on their land are encouraged to contact their local Conservation District at (620) 221-1850, ext. 3, to determine practice types and eligibility and make application for possible cost-share and incentive payments which will be available July 1. Applications are available at the local County Conservation District Office at the USDA Service Center.

The Kansas Association of Conservation Districts is a voluntary, nongovernmental, nonprofit, incorporated organization established in 1944. Its members are the conservation districts located in the state’s 105 counties. KACD helps to forge key partnerships among federal, state, and local entities all committed to a common goal: wise and efficient conservation practices to protect the state’s natural resources. These partnerships have been highly effective and mutually beneficial, allowing for shared space, equipment, and knowledge.

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