The Sherburne Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is dedicated to working directly with landowners and agencies in order to promote the wise and sustainable use of our land and water related resources; to educate and inform the public about these uses; to help solve the resource problems within the District and to serve as a county wide natural resource information and referral center.
How can we help?
Sherburne SWCD provides technical assistance to landowners on natural resource conservation practices such as:
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USDA NRCS announces FY 2019 EQIP application cutoff date
Applications for conservation contracts are accepted continuously and ranked for funding at a cutoff date
Saint Paul, MINN. Nov 26, 2018 - Applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) are accepted year-round but Friday, January 18, 2019 is the application cutoff by which a producer or landowner must submit a signed application to their Natural Resources Conservation Service office for Fiscal Year 2019 funding consideration.
Eligible applications will be ranked, and contracts will be awarded thereafter. Applications with higher quality and quantity of proposed conservation and environmental benefits receive higher scores. The highest-ranking applications are funded first. A second application cutoff is set for Friday, April 19, 2019.
The EQIP program provides financial and technical assistance to help landowners voluntarily implement conservation practices to improve natural resources. Payment is provided for a variety of practices to address resource concerns related to water quality, grazing land health, soil erosion and health, wildlife habitat and others.
“Applications for all NRCS conservation programs are accepted continuously; however, applications are grouped for ranking and processing,” says Assistant State Conservationist for Programs Keith Kloubec. “The first cut-off for this popular conservation program comes around quickly. I encourage any producer or landowner to contact NRCS and apply early.”
To learn about technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs, contact your local NRCS Office.
Funding available for the Sealing of Abandoned Wells
A well that is not in use can be a potential threat to health, safety, and the environment.
Wells that are no longer in use may be buried or forgotten, often they have not been sealed properly. Sealing is the process of clearing an unused well of debris and filling the well with a special material. By law, a well must be in use, be under a maintenance permit, or sealed by a licensed well contractor.
Funding is available for sealing residential and agricultural wells in Sherburne County!
Beyond the legal responsibility, there are numerous safety benefits of sealing a well that is no longer in use. Children and small animals can easily fall into an unprotected, open well along with the potential of an accident when driving equipment over a crumbling well.
Unused wells can be a source of groundwater contamination. An unused well can act like a drain, allowing contaminated water, surface water runoff, or improperly disposed waste a direct pathway into drinking water sources and bypassing the soil’s treatment and filtering ability.
For more information regarding funding options, contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service field office at 763-220-3434.
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425 Jackson Ave NW
Elk River, MN 55330