Mercer County Soil and Water Conservation District

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Mercer County SWCD Receives $20,000 for NLRS Cost Share Assistance

Recently the Mercer County SWCD received notification that it would receive $20,000 from the Illinois Department of Agriculture to assist with costs incurred to reduce nitrogen leaching and runoff. This is part of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. Areas have been identified in the State that show elevated levels of nitrogen and phosphorous from point and non-point sources. Mercer County is part of the Mississippi North Central (Flint/Henderson) watershed. These practices will focus on the reduction of nitrogen leaching and runoff.

Featured practices include:

Cover Crops - 60% cost share up to $40 per acre. Must be a 1st time field, can be eligible for 3 years funding with a limit of $1600 per year per individual.

Critical Area Plantings - Seeding of fragile areas will receive 60% cost share and require being maintained for 10 years.

Well Decommissioning - 60% cost share not to exceed $400 per well.

Pasture/Hayland Planting - Must be land being removed from crop production. 60% cost share with District cost not to exceed $180 per acre. A required lifespan of 10 years on grass seedings and 5 years on legume seedings.

Rain Garden - 60% cost share not to exceed $6 per square foot.

For more information, be sure to attend the meeting on March 14, 2017 at Blackhawk Bank and Trust (see above for information)