KDA releases Kansas Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Initiative
The Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Conservation announces the expansion of the Kansas Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Initiative. This initiative will provide a one-time incentive payment for Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts for the following practices:
• Grassed waterways;
• Shallow water areas for wildlife;
• Filter strips;
• Riparian buffers;
• Wetland restorations;
• Improvements to farmable wetland and farmable wetland buffers.
The 2018 Kansas Legislative Session allocated $281,312 to the Division of Conservation to help promote the reduction of nutrients and sediment through the CRP program. Incentive payments will range from $162.50 to $225 per acre, depending on level of the impairment as identified by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
The initiative is open to targeted watersheds specified for sediment and nutrient impairment. Area counties of Brown, Nemaha, Jackson, Marshall and Pottawatomie have watersheds that fall within these targeted areas.
The following counties also have watersheds that fall within these targeted areas: Atchison, Chase, Clay, Cloud, Coffey, Dickinson, Douglas, Ellis, Geary, Harvey, Jefferson, Lyon, Marion, McPherson, Morris, Osage, Reno, Republic, Rice, Riley, Saline, Shawnee, Wabaunsee and Washington.
Please contact your local Conservation District for more information on the Kansas Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Initiative and eligibility. Local contacts are as follows: Brown County Conservation District, 785-742-3161; Nemaha County Conservation District, 785-336-2186; Jackson County Conservation District, 785-364-3329; Marshall County Conservation District, 785-562-5343; and Pottawatomie County Conservation District, 785-457-3398.
Visit agriculture.ks.gov/ConservationDistricts for a full directory of conservation districts and contact information.