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State Cost Share Program

The State Cost-Share Program was created to provide funds to Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) for the implementation of conservation practices that protect and improve water quality by controlling soil erosion and reducing sedimentation.

The 1977, $3 million was appropriated for the biennium for this program by the legislature. In 1978, BWSR adopted the administrative rules.

Through the State Cost-Share Program, landowners can request financial and technical assistance from their local SWCD for the implementation of BWSR-approved conservation practices. This program provides up to 75 percent of the total eligible costs of a practice (see Part IV, Contract Implementation for more details).

Grant funds are generally available to SWCDs at the beginning of the state’s fiscal year. In order for SWCDs to receive funds, they must have on file an approved annual plan of work, annual report (including financial statements), and comprehensive plan or resolution to adopt the county’s comprehensive plan.

Before: State Cost-Share Streambank Stabilization Project After: State Cost-Share Streambank Stabilization Project

Before: EQIP / State Cost-Share

After: EQIP / State Cost-Share
Fabric Reinforced Vegetated Chutes stabilize the steep grade and control erosion in natural or artificial channels. They, also, prevent the formation or advance of gullies, and enhance environmental quality and reduce pollution. This conservation practice was funded by partnering the federal EQIP Program and the State Cost-Share Program.