1.) PARTNERS FOR COSNERVATION FUND PROGRAM (PFC)
The Partners for Conservation Fund Program provides cost-share assistance and other financial incentives for the construction or adoption of projects that conserve soil and protect water quality. The PCSWCD is willing to cost share 60% on such projects as funds are available. Her are some examples of practices that would be eligible for cost share under the PFC program:
Grade Stabilization Structure
No Till/ Strip Till
Well Decommissioning (not to exceed $400 in cost share)
If you have a project in mind and are not sure if it qualifies for cost share, please feel free to give us a call and we can take a look at your project!!
2.) Strembank Stabilization Restoration Program (SSRP)
Streambank Erosion is a natural process that occurs in all streams as water wears away the soil and rock that form their banks. As the banks are worn away, streams naturally and slowly establish a meandering course. Streambank erosion in Illinois has, however, been accelerated by land altering activities such as stream channelization and straightening, removal of streamside vegetation, construction of impervious surfaces, and other activities which increase drainage water flow and water velocity. Streambank erosion has become a serious threat to the land, water, plant , and animal resources along many streams of Illinois. Streambank Erosion, when left unchecked, can be responsible for the loss or damage to valuable farmland, wildlife, habitat, buildings, roads, bridges, and other public and private structures. Streambank erosion is also a major source of sediments deposited in Illinois lakes, streams, and back water areas, and may contribute to as much as 30-50% of the downstream sediment load. Sediment reduces stream channel capacity. Which may increase flooding and streambank erosion, or reduce the depth and holding capacity of lakes and reservoirs. Excessive sedimentation also degrades water quality and destroys fish and wildlife habitat.
To address the needs, the Streambank Stabilization and Restoration Program (SSRP) has been established. The SSRP will provide demonstration and cost-share projects that will target cost-share monies to severely eroding streambank sites where effective low-cost streambank stabilization techniques can be established.
The Primary goals of SSRP are to develop and demonstrate vegetative, stone structure, and other low cost bio–engineering techniques for stabilizing streambanks and to encourage the adoption of low-cost streambank stabilization projects by making available financial incentives, technical assistance, and education information to the landowner with critically eroding banks.
The Department of Agriculture (DOA) will agree to cost share on 75% of the project up to 10,000 in the year 2015.
Here is a list of some of the components that the DOA cost share on through the SSRP program:
- Stone Toe Protection
- Stream Barbs
- Bendway Weirs
- Rock Riffles
- Vegetative Practices
All land users and project sites (rural & urban) in Piatt County are eligible for cost share assistance provided that the project site meets the assessment and selection criteria established for successful streambank stabilization projects.
If you have an issue with a streambank on your property and would like some assistance, Please Call Jonah at your local SWCD 217.762.2571 EXT3 3
3.) Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
The Illinois Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a conservation easement option for cropland acres that are currently enrolled, or that could be enrolled, in the Federal CREP program. The CREP Program targets frequently-flooded and environmentally sensitive agricultural ground in the 100-year floodplain or ground that is adjacent to the floodplain on highly-erodible soils.
A State CREP conservation easement is an agreement between you and your Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) to enhance your land for the benefit of wildlife and to dedicate your land to conservation. There are perpetual, 15-, or 35-year easement options. The benefit of a permanent easement is that landowners have the opportunity to bring in adjacent non-cropland acres, including timber, into their easement, which increases their acreage and therefore payment. There are also cost-share opportunities.
In Illinois, landowners implement conservation practices in the eligible CREP watersheds to reduce sedimentation and nutrients, improve water quality, and to create and enhance critical habitat for fish and wildlife populations.
Please contact Lyndsey if you have question. She can be emailed at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach her at the DeWitt County SWCD office 217.935.6504 EXT 3
For More Information on the CREP program & eligibility requirements, Please read the following brochure:
Since 1941, the City of Decatur has partnered with the Macon County SWCD to assist landowners within the LAKE DECATUR WATERSHED to implement practices that reduce the amount of sediment carried into the Upper Sangamon River, eventually settling in Lake Decatur. With dredging costs on the rise and a continued need for more storage in Lake Decatur, the City and the SWCD are joining forces to reduce erosion on the land.
The Lake Decatur Watershed Program (LDWP) offers 60% cost assistance to landowners, up to $5,000/ practice. Applicable practices include:
-Grassed Waterways -Wetlands -Structures
-Terraces -Filter Strips – Streambank restoration
Practices are assessed by determining how much soil could be saved and how cost efficient the practice would be. If approved, The Macon & Piatt SWCD will work with the landowner to develop design plans and oversee construction throughout the project
Over half of Piatt County is located within the watershed boundaries and does qualify for the LDWP. For more information or a complete application, You can give us a call @ 217.762.2571 EXT 3
1.) Environmental quality incentive program (EQIP)
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers through contracts. These contracts provide financial assistance for producers to address soil, water and related natural resource concerns on private agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland. In addition, a purpose of EQIP is to help producers meet Federal, State, Tribal and local environmental regulations. Throughout Illinois, producers have received assistance to implement conservation practices that include, but are not limited to, nutrient management, cover crops, terraces, grassed waterways, manure management facilities, and pasture management.
Applying for EQIP
EQIP is available to producers or owners of eligible land with a natural resource concern. The land can be either in agricultural or forest production including producers engaged in livestock production.
Applications for EQIP are accepted on a continuous basis; however Illinois NRCS has established two application cutoff dates. The two application cutoff dates are listed below:
November 21, 2014
January 16, 2015
Illinois agricultural producers who submit a signed application, NRCS-CPA-1200 form, at their local NRCS field offices by the deadline will be evaluated for funding consideration.
Applicants must complete the NRCS-CPA-1200 application form available at their local field office or download the application and return the form to their local NRCS field office. After submitting an application, the applicant will also receive a copy of the NRCS-CPA-1202 Contract Appendix, explaining EQIP contract terms and conditions. Reviewing the contract appendix up front helps the applicant understand the requirements of the EQIP program. In addition, all applicants need to meet eligibility requirements in order to be an EQIP participant. Contact your local office to discuss eligibility criteria.
EQIP is a competitive process and EQIP applicants compete for funds in funding pools. The funding pools are established on a statewide, Illinois NRCS area-wide, or watershed basis. The various funding pool categories allow similar applications types to be grouped together when competing for funds.
In order to compete, EQIP applications are ranked using the ranking and supporting documents below. The local NRCS office staff will work with the applicant to rank the application and plan the conservation practices. Your local NRCS office can explain the various funding pools and assist you with the ranking.
For help with the EQIP program in Illinois contact your local NRCS Office 217.762.2571 EXT. 3
For more information on EQIP, please visit http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/il/programs/financial/?cid=nrcs141p2_030467
The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a voluntary conservation program that encourages producers to address resource concerns in a comprehensive manner by:
- Undertaking additional conservation activities; and
- Improving, maintaining, and managing existing conservation activities.
Through CSP, NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to eligible producers to conserve and enhance soil, water, air, and related natural resources on their land. Eligible lands include cropland, grassland, prairie land, improved pastureland, Non-Industrial Private Forest lands (NIPF), agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe, and other private agricultural land (including cropped woodland, marshes, and agricultural land used for the production of livestock) on which resource concerns related to agricultural production could be addressed.
CSP provides equitable access to all producers, regardless of operation size, crops produced, or geographic location. The entire agricultural operation must be enrolled and must include all agricultural land that will be under the applicant’s control for the term of the proposed contract that is operated substantially separate from other operations.
Determing if CSP is right for you
Producers can review and complete the Producer Self-Screening Checklist to determine whether the Conservation Stewardship Program is right for them. Producers can take a copy of this form, along with maps of their agricultural operation and call ahead for an appointment with their local field office. Additional information can be found on the Conservation Stewardship Program Fact Sheet (PDF, 618k)
For more information, you can visit http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/il/programs/financial/?cid=nrcs141p2_030466 or stop by your local NRCS office @ 1209 Bear Lane, Monticello, Illinois
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