Cost Share

The Lower Niobrara Natural Resources District provides cost-share funding for soil, water, and wildlife conservation practices. To qualify, a landowner must be in compliance with Lower Niobrara NRD Rules and Regulations and the NRD Board of Directors must approve any cost-share funds distributed.


The Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation Program were established in 1977 by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This cost share program provides assistance to landowners who wish to install approve water quality and quantity, or help control erosion and sedimentation. The NRD will administer the funding.

Practices eligible for the cost-share program are:

  • Critical Area Planting
  • Diversions
  • Dugouts for Livestock Water
  • Grade Stabilization Structures
  • Grasses Waterways
  • Irrigation Water management
  • Planned Grazing Systems
  • Planting or Range Seeding
  • Repair of Practices–terraces, dams, diversions, etc.
  • Stream Bank Stabilization
  • Terrace Systems
  • Terrace Underground Outlets
  • Water Impoundment Dams
  • Water and Sediment-Control Basins
  • Windbreaks/ Shelterbelts
  • Windbreak Renovation

Funds for this program are dispersed by the DNR to the 23 NRDs throughout the state. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides the technical assistance when planning and installing any approved conservation measures. NRDs are responsible for taking applications for the program, setting priorities, assisting landowners and contractors to complete the practices and arrange the necessary paperwork for submission. For more information call Lower Niobrara NRD (402)775-2343 or NRCS at (402)589-9019.