Soil & Water Conservation Program


The Lower Platte North NRD provides cost-share assistance to landowners for establishing a variety of conservation practices on their land. Up to 75% of the cost may be funded for high priority practices; in priority watersheds, the cost-share rate can be up to 90%. High priority practices include: 

Funding Sources

Funding for individual cost-share practices may come from the NRD, the Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation Program (NSWCP), the federal Environmental Quality Incentive Program, or other sources such as EPA 319 grant funds administered by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. Often, a landowner will receive funds from a combination of these sources.


Any landowner in the Lower Platte North NRD, whether an individual, partnership, corporation, or other legal entity, is eligible to apply for Soil and Water Conservation Program funds.


Cost-Share Rates & Limits

Each year, the NRCS determines a payment rate for the various conservation practices. This rate helps determine the cost for constructing a given conservation practice. The Soil and Water Conservation Program will reimburse landowners up to 75% of the established rate, or the actual cost of the work they have done, whichever is less.

For high priority practices, there is a limit of $12,500 per year per landowner.

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Signup and Construction Periods

There are two primary construction periods for land treatment practices: Summer (June-August) and Fall (September-December). Applications can be submitted at any time of the year, but to ensure consideration for a specific construction period, the following signup deadlines should be observed:

How to Apply

Applications for the Soil and Water Conservation Program are available from local Natural Resources Conservation Offices. NRCS personnel can assist you with filling out the application.

Once an application is submitted to the NRD, it will be reviewed by the Project Committee and then taken before the full Board of Directors. Applications must be approved by the NRD Board before construction work can begin.

Contact Us

Lower Platte North NRD
PO Box 126
Wahoo, NE 68066
toll-free 1.888.764.0543
Fax 402.443.5339

Office Hours

8 am - 4:30 pm M-F

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