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The Marion County Conservation District has announced a new signup period for Water Resources and Non Point Source cost-share programs.
Both programs are funded through the State Conservation Commission and are administered by the Marion County Conservation District.
The Water Resources Program promotes soil and water conservation, while Non Point Source focuses on water-quality protection practices.
The signup began May 29 and will continue until June 13, with funding being available in July for those practices whose rankings identify them as natural-resource priorities.
Water Resources provides cost-share assistance to landowners for several conservation practices, including terraces, diversions, grassed waterways (new or restorations) and grass seedings.
The Non Point Source program offers financial assistance for pollution control measures, such as abandoned well plugging, upgrading failing septic systems, and livestock waste management practices.
Both programs offer opportunities for landowners to implement new projects without bearing the entire financial burden.
Landowners interested in Water Resources or Non Point Source cost-share practices should contact the Marion County Conservation District at 303 Eisenhower Drive, in Marion, or call 620-382-3520.
All applications will be ranked according to predetermined criteria based on which practices offer the greatest benefit to the county. Those priority projects will be forwarded to the State Conservation Commission for approval.
New fiscal year funding will be available for accepted cost-share practices beginning in July.
As is typical, financial assistance for conservation and restoration measures will be limited again this year.
According to the Marion office, the Conservation District strives to fund as many high priority practices as possible under the financial constraints, and encourages all interested landowners to sign up as soon as possible.