To reach the goals set for the Bow Creek Watershed Project and support producers in the Bow Creek Watershed area, several programs are available. These programs can be used together to mitigate risk of transitioning to water quality management practices on the farm and ranch. Please contact the Bow Creek Watershed Coordinator, Becky Ravenkamp for more information.
Bow Creek Watershed Project Implementation and Education Program
Purpose: To decrease non-point source pollution in Bow Creek with the adoption of best management practices.
- Producers interested in adopting best management practices including, but not limited to, nutrient management, cover crops, no-till farming, CRP, riparian buffers, grazing management plans or livestock exclusion should contact Bow Creek Watershed Coordinator Becky Ravenkamp. Producers will receive consultation and referral to the appropriate NRCS / FSA program.
- Once producers have a contract approved with NRCS or FSA, they will apply to Lewis & Clark NRD using the simple Bow Creek Program Application.
- Approved Bow Creek Incentive Applications will receive:
- An implementation payment to help implement the practice, paid at the beginning of the contract.
- An education payment, paid once the practice has successfully been implemented, and the producer has attended an approved educational event(s) to learn more about the benefits of the practice's long-term adoption. Producers have one year from time of application approval to attend an approved educational event(s) (equaling 6 contact hours) to receive education payment.
Lewis & Clark NRD Programs
The Lewis & Clark NRD offers a Cover Crop Cost Share Incentive Program to encourage producers to utilize cover crop options for up to 3 years with no-till systems. Applications are limited to first time participants who may enroll up to three consecutive years on a single field up to 80 acres in size. The program enables the producer to take the next steps towards overall soil health. Conservation practices like no-till and cover crops work in conjunction with one another to improve and sustain good soil health. Cover crops also increase the capacity of capturing, recycling, and redistributing nutrients such as nitrogen.
The Lewis & Clark NRD Cover Crop Program compliments the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) EQIP Program requirements by offering simple criteria for applicants who would otherwise not try cover crops. Cooperators should consult with their agronomist for seed mix alternatives that meet NRCS Cover Crop Worksheet 7 specifications to be eligible for payment. For more details visit the Lewis & Clark NRD.
Northeast Nebraska Small Grains Incentive Program
Nebraska Buffer Strip Program
Bow Creek Septic System Program
Failing or poorly designed septic systems that dump raw sewage on top of the ground or directly into waterways, contribute to the load of E. coli in Bow Creek.
Homeowners with failing or inadequate septic systems within the Bow Creek Watershed priority area may be eligible for funding to upgrade, repair, or replace the septic system. New septic systems that are required as part of new home construction are not eligible. Septic systems that are grandfathered in with new home construction on previous homesteads will be considered on a case by case basis. The program will pay up to 90% of the cost of upgrade, repair, or replacement, not to exceed $3,000.
Proof of implementation (with final inspection by State of Nebraska) and receipts must be received before payment is issued. Work completed prior to application approval cannot be reimbursed. An approval letter will be sent indicating the earliest start date for work. Any work performed prior to the start date will not be reimbursed. Application is not guaranteed for approval. Limited funds are available.