Native Grass Cost Share and Incentives For Runoff Reduction
(b) $2,800,000 the first year and $3,124,000 the second year are for grants to watershed districts and watershed management organizations for: (i) structural or vegetative management practices that reduce storm water runoff from developed or disturbed lands to reduce the movement of sediment, nutrients, and pollutants or to leverage federal funds for restoration, protection, or enhancement of water quality in lakes, rivers, and streams and to protect groundwater and drinking water; and (ii) the installation of proven and effective water retention practices including, but not limited to, rain gardens and other vegetated infiltration basins and sediment control basins in order to keep water on the land. The projects must be of long-lasting public benefit, include a local match, and be consistent with TMDL implementation plans or local water management plans. Watershed district and watershed management organization staff and administration may be used for local match. Priority may be given to school projects that can be used to demonstrate water retention practices. Up to five percent may be used for administering the grants (2010 - Runoff Reduction)
This project resulted in eleven landowners participating in the program, the project exceed targeted acres and converted 86.4 acres of erosive cropland to native grasses. The estimated total phosphorus reduction is 222 lbs./yr. and the sediment reduction results in 317 tons/yr. entering Sand Creek. In addition, our actual runoff/acre feet per year was 38, meaning the project exceeded the goal of 35 acre feet per year of runoff.
This project will reduce runoff by establishing at least 75 acres of native grass on private lands in priority subwatersheds of the Sand Creek Watershed by offering incentives and establishment of cost assistance to landowners to convert row crops to native vegetation above resources available from existing programs used to establish vegetation.