Cost-Share Programs

St. Marys River Watershed Project Increases Cost-Share Funding (Ends Sept. 2014)

The Allen County SWCD has cost-share programs in the St. Marys and portions of the Upper Maumee available, which will address non-point pollution by providing technical and financial resources.  These programs have been funded by the Clean Water Indiana Grant, through a Great Lakes Commission (GLC) Grant to support implementation of best management practices to reduce soil erosion and sediment runoff in the St. Mary’s River Watershed and ultimately the Western Basin of Lake Erie.  

A large portion of those grant funds are devoted to a cost-share program that provides assistance to producers in the St. Marys Watershed to implement Best Management Practices (BMP’s) that focus reducing non-point pollution. These funds will largely be utilized for a cost-share program targeted at agricultural producers in identified critical areas of the St. Marys Watershed for implementing approved Best Management Practices (BMPs).  Such practices include but are not limited to:  cover crops, filter strips, fencing, and equipment modifications.  Some of the critical areas identified as eligible for this funding are: conventionally tilled agricultural fields that intersect a stream or ditch, areas of significant erosion resulting in large gullies, un-buffered streams, and critical livestock operations.  The overarching goals of this cost-share program are to ultimately reduce levels of sediment, nutrients, and bacteria in the St. Marys River.Cost-share funds will be available with a 75% cost-share to 25% match ratio when BMPs are implemented on land adjacent to or intersected by an open ditch or stream.  Cost-share funds will be available with a 65% cost-share to 35% match ratio when BMPs are implemented on land in the St. Marys River Watershed that does not meet this criteria. In an effort to get more BMP’s implemented, the St. Marys River Watershed Project Committee modified the cost-share program. The changes are:

  • Increase the maximum dollar amount a cost-share recipient can receive from $10,000 to $20,000.
  • Increase the payment caps of equipment modifications, up to $6,000 for planter attachments, and other equipment modifications.  Then up to $8,000 for the purchase of a RTK system with 1-2 inch accuracy.
  • Offer a cost-share rate of $40.00/acre to those producers that would use herbicides as a way to kill off their cover crop in lieu of any intense tillage.
  • Work with producers who installed grass waterways under Federal or State Programs and are now in need of reconstruction/maintenance
  • Provide cost-share assistance to producers who want to apply Gypsum to their field to improve water infiltration, thus reducing soil loss and runoff.

This program ends September 2014, so if you are interested please contact us soon!  

For more information and eligibility requirements see attachments below and contact the Allen County SWCD at 260-484-5848 ext.3 or Mike Werling 260-418-6148.

 

 

319 Cost-Share Assistance - Ended 01/2014

 The St. Marys River Watershed Project had cost-share assistance available through an EPA Clean Water Act Section 319 Grant.  The St. Marys Cost-share Program was targeted at agricultural producers in identified critical areas of the St. Marys Watershed for implementing approved Best Management Practices such as:

  • cover crops

  • filter strips

  • nutrient management planning

  • equipment modifications

  • two-stage ditch

  • pasture/hay planting

Forty-one landowners/producers participated in the cost-share program and implemented one of the above best management practices. These conservation practices have a positive impact on water quality in the St. Marys river and its tributaries. They have been applied on 6,284 acres of land and along 3,500 feet of streams. Cost-share participants have implemented practices and committed to maintaining them for the life of the practice (1 to 10 years). As a result, practices will prevent 15,810 tons of soil from eroding, 22,603 pounds of phosphorus and 45,172 pounds of nitrogen from entering the waters of the St. Marys river and its tributaries. 

 

 


 GLC Cost-share Assistance

The Adams County Soil and Water Conservation District under care of the St. Marys River Watershed Project received recent funding through a Great Lakes Commission (GLC) Grant to support implementation of best management practices to reduce soil erosion and sediment runoff in the St. Mary’s River Watershed and ultimately the Western Lake Erie Basin.  Cost-share dollars are available for BMPs, as well as rental of Adams County SWCD's Strip-Till Unit. 

 

For more information and eligibility requirements see attachments below and contact the Adams County SWCD at (260)724-4124 ext 3 or the Allen County SWCD at 260-484-5848 ext.3 or Mike Werling 260-418-6148.

 

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