Land Treatment

Land Treatment

Cover Crops

Cover Crops
Cover Crops

Within selected areas of the district, LPSNRD will cost-share with landowners to establish cover crops.  Cover crops have many beneficial effects on the soil.  Cross-hatched areas on the map linked below indicate eligible areas.

Program details and application

Farm Pond

Farm Pond
Farm Pond

The Lower Platte South NRD helps landowners design and construct dams for watering livestock and wildlife, flood storage, grade stabilization, and recreation.​

To be eligible for cost-sharing, at least 75% of the area drained by the proposed dam must be in terraces or permanent vegetation. The site must also drain between 30 and 320 acres.  Sites draining less than 30 acres may be suitable for a water and sediment control basin. Dam development on sites draining more than 320 acres tends to be cost-prohibitive for this program.​

To get started, meet with an Natural Resources Conservation Service technician who can help you determine eligibility.  If you are eligible, they can also estimate the cost of the project. Use the information compiled by the technician to complete the application and submit to LPSNRD.

Filter & Buffer Strips

Filter & Buffer Strips
Filter & Buffer Strips

This program encourages landowners to establish bands of vegetation adjacent to cropland. Vegetation will improve water quality downstream by filtering out sediment and associated pollutants. This program applies only to existing cropland, with eligible sites including:    ​

  • Cropland adjacent to rivers, creeks, seasonal streams (excluding sod waterways), lakes and wetlands.
  • Cropland where contour buffer strips can be established on the contour and alternated with cropland.
  • Cropland that will take the place of end rows or are adjacent to sod waterways.

Landowners should begin by consulting their NRCS office about possible buffer strip and filter strip locations and then submit an application to LPSNRD. 

Flood Control Structure

Flood Control Structure
Flood Control Structure

The Lower Platte South NRD helps landowners build small dams and ponds on small drainages that provide grade stabilization, wildlife, water quality, and recreation benefits. Landowners that wish to create a dam or pond with a more extensive drainage area (over 200 acres) find out that it is often too costly.​

LPSNRD’s Flood Control Structure cost-share program helps landowners build ponds and also provides flood control benefits downstream. The landowner would grant LPSNRD an easement for the purpose of constructing, operating, and maintaining the flood control structure.​

With the Flood Control Structure cost-share program, the district pays for the preliminary engineering study and the landowner provides a $500 deposit. If the site appears acceptable, LPSNRD completes the engineering study. The landowner and LPSNRD would then decide whether to construct the dam.​

Prior to construction the landowner would grant the district an easement to construct, operate and maintain the dam, and LPSNRD would acquire any additional land rights. LPSNRD would then pay for the construction of the dam.

Contact the LPSNRD for an initial evaluation of your proposed Flood Control Structure dam site. Based on the results, you can consider applying for the program.

Summer Conservation

Summer Conservation
Summer Conservation

Many conservation projects take place in the fall, just after harvest and before winter shutdown. While most landowners prefer doing work at this time, there is never enough time to complete all of the projects before winter starts. The Lower Platte South NRD offers additional incentives to encourage more cropland conservation projects in the summer.

Terrace systems and water and sediment control basins on cropland are eligible if certified by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. These practices are designed to control the loss of topsoil and prevent small gullies that contribute to the siltation of streams and lakes. The Summer Conservation Program cost-sharing rate is an additional 10 percent, not to exceed 80 percent. The maximum cost-sharing amount for non-targeted areas increases from $10,000 to $15,000.

Projects completed between May 1 and September 15 are eligible for this increased cost-sharing rate.

Contact your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Office to determine what soil and water conservation practices are needed and the most current information concerning this cost-share program in your county. Your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Office will assist you with completing your application in Butler, Cass, Lancaster, Otoe, Saunders, and Seward counties.

Terrace Systems

Terrace Systems
Terrace Systems

The Lower Platte South NRD will assist landowners with the planning, design, and cost of installing soil and water conservation practices on their property. These practices will reduce the loss of topsoil and control small gullies that contribute to the siltation of Nebraska streams and lakes.  Eligible practices include terrace systems, grassed waterways, diversions, and water and sediment control basins built on cropland and certified by NRCS. Assistance may also be available for the seeding of grass on cropland.​

In addition to assisting the landowner with the planning and design of the practices, LPSNRD reimburses the landowner for a portion of the installation cost. The District will pay a cost-share unit percentage that is typically 60% of the average LPSNRD cost or 75% of the actual cost, whichever is less. The maximum cost-sharing amount for untargeted areas is $10,000.  In an identified targeted area, the average unit cost-share is increased to 75% and the maximum cost-share amount is $15,000.

Contact your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Office to determine what soil and water conservation practices you may need and the most current information concerning those cost-share programs in your county.​ Applications are taken throughout the year, but fall NRD cost-share applications are due July 1st to assure consideration for the program under the approved operating budget. The construction completion deadline for fall approvals is February 1st.