The Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD) received a grant from Nebraska’s Water Sustainability Fund (WSF) and has cost-share available for producers who have yet to install flow meters on their irrigation wells. All irrigation wells in the LENRD will need a district approved flow meter installed by January 1, 2018.
To assist landowners with the expense of this requirement, the LENRD will provide financial support of $500 per flow meter. It is important to note that landowners must first apply and be approved for reimbursement, prior to purchase and installation of the meter. Application for the flow meter cost-share can be completed by visiting your local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office and filling out the appropriate application forms. These requests are then forwarded to the LENRD for processing.
In addition, the LENRD will offer incentive payments of $250 per flow meter to producers who are approved for the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) funding. The EQIP program is administered by NRCS and offers a host of incentives for irrigation water management.
LENRD water resources manager, Brian Bruckner, said, “The deadline to have flow meters installed on all irrigation wells is January 1, 2018. These incentives are available for producers who get signed up for the cost-share by June 30, 2017. The maximum payment that a producer can receive is $5,000 per year for irrigation practices.”
Nebraska’s Natural Resources Commission approved nearly $11.5 million in projects through the WSF, with $900,000 being awarded to the LENRD for water and soil conservation. The LENRD will provide a match of $600,000. This will allow the district to have $1.5 million available for cost-share assistance on irrigation flow meters.