Cost-Share Funds Available Through the Lower Niobrara NRD: Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation Program (NSWCP) was established in 1977 by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Funds for this program are dispersed by the DNR to the 23 Natural Resource Districts (NRD) throughout the state for range management and conservation practices. Lower Niobrara NRD takes applications for this program year-round. These funds are to assist landowners by providing cost-share funding for soil, water and wildlife conservation practices. To qualify a landowner must be in compliance with the Lower Niobrara NRD Rules and Regulations and the NRD Board of Directors must approve each cost-share application before the practice is started. Funds are distributed upon completion of the practice. The Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) provides the technical assistance when planning and installing approved conservation measures. Some of the most recently funded practices were pipelines, cattle tanks, dams, dam repair, water & sediment basin, trees, tree planting and mulch, standard fencing, high tensile electric fencing, RWS hookup, and grass seeding for erosion control. We have funding available for cost-sharing so, if you’re looking to do any of the practices listed below, please contact the Lower Niobrara NRD office at 402-775-2343 or Boyd/Keya Paha County NRCS at 402-589-9019; Holt County NRCS at 402-336-3796; Knox County NRCS at 402-373-4914.
Cost-shareable Practices Include: Livestock Ponds, Erosion Control Structures, Grass Seedings, Windbreaks, Livestock Wells, Cross Fences, Livestock Pipelines, Tanks, Irrigation Conservation, and Brush Management.