LINCOLN SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
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Ivanhoe, MN  56142
507.694.1630 x3
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Landowners/Operators-Funding Opportunities 2013 Annual Report
Well Sealing C-S $'s Walk-In-Access

Lincoln County Landowners/Operators: Conservation Practice Cost-Share/Incentive Funding Opportunities

The Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) continues to look for opportunities to help landowners/operators with funding sources.  The SWCD will have an opportunity to complete a Bi-annual Budget Request for the years 2016-2017.  In order to help us with future projects and requests for funding opportunities, we need your help.  Practices include (but not limited to): cost-share assistance for water and sediment control basins, waterways, alternative intakes, and feedlot fixes; incentive payments for filter strips and farmable wetland projects.    If you are interested in any of the above listed practices, please call 507.694.1630, x3 and ask for Dale or Randy, or stop by our office in Ivanhoe so we can assist you with your request and conservation needs.  We will need the following information: your name, address, phone number and the conservation practice you are interested in, the township, section and watershed the project is located in.

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Abandoned Wells Sealing

The Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District does not currently have funds available to seal abandoned wells.  However, we will take you name and put in on a waiting list for when funds do become available.  This funding source would be through the Lincoln County Water Plan funds. 

An abandoned well on your property is a well that is not in use – or sometimes referred to as an “abandoned” well – can be a potential threat to health, safety, and the environment.  This cost-share program is available to anyone who is interested in sealing their abandoned well in Lincoln County.  Cost-share is typically 75% not to exceed $325 per well.  The law requires that a well must be in use, be under a maintenance permit, or be sealed by a licensed contractor.  A well must be sealed if: the well is not in use, is contaminated, has been improperly sealed in the past, threatens the quality of the groundwater, or otherwise poses a threat to health or safety. Wells must be sealed by a licensed well sealer. 

If you are interested in putting your name on a waiting list to seal your abandoned well, please call Dale Sterzinger at the Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District Office, 507-694-1630.  You must contact the Lincoln SWCD Office prior to receiving any cost-share funds for sealing your well. Cost-share dollars are not available to those that have already sealed their well in previous years or have sealed their well prior to our approval.

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Walk In Access Program pays landowners to allow public hunting on their land

Local landowners can earn money by allowing public hunting on their private land through the Walk-In Access (WIA) program.

WIA pays landowners by the acre to allow hunting access.  The program targets privately owned parcels of 40 acres or more that are already enrolled in a conservation program such as Reinvest In Minnesota (RIM) or Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).  River bottoms, wetlands and other high-quality habitat will also be considered for WIA this year.  Bonuses are added if more than 140 contiguous acres are enrolled, if the land is within one-half mile of existing state or federal hunting land, or if a multi-year agreement is signed.   

It is important for landowners to know that enrollment in WIA is voluntary, and recreational use laws provide extra liability protection for WIA acres.  Landowners can opt out of the program in 5 days by notifying the state and returning the boundary signs.  WIA land is for public hunting only.  No target practice, trapping, dog training, camping, horseback riding or fires are allowed. No vehicles are allowed on conservation land.  Parking is along roads or in designated parking areas. Once private land is enrolled in the program, bright yellow-green hexagon signs are placed at the property boundaries. 

Contact the Lincoln SWCD office for more information at 507-694-1630, x3 or if you are interested in signing up for the program stop by the Lincoln SWCD office in Ivanhoe and talk to Randy Kraus.  For more information on the WIA Program, visit www.mndnr.gov/walkin.  Locations of parcels enrolled are on the DNR website. 

IMPORTANT NEWS/INFORMATION
Lincoln County Water Management Plan
2010-Clean Water Funds: Yellow Medicine Watershed Project-Final Report
2011-CWF: Verdi Wellhead Protection Area Project - Final Report
2013-CWF: Lake Shaokatan & Yellow Medicine Sub-Watersheds Implementation Project; Final Story

LINCOLN COUNTY WATER PLAN AMENDMENT; The Lincoln County Water Plan Amendment replaces the Executive Summary and Implementation Plan from 2009.

 

Water Quality Certification expands to farms across Minnesota

  Lincoln SWCD now accepting applicants

Ivanhoe, MN - Farmers across Minnesota are now taking advantage of a state program that celebrates and ensures protection of the state's water resources.  With the help of a five-year, $9 million award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and legislation enacted earlier this year, the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP is formally transitioning from four pilot areas to being available to any agricultural producer statewide. 

Minnesota’s Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program was designed by an advisory committee of independent stakeholders and implemented by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) in partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, and local public, private and non-profit partners. The program is a voluntary opportunity for farmers and agricultural landowners to take the lead in implementing conservation practices that protect our water. Farmers and landowners who implement and maintain approved farm management practices are certified and in turn obtain regulatory certainty for a period of 10 years. 

The MAWQCP certificies farmers and landowners for managing their land in a way that protects water quality through a whole-farm assissment that evaluates: physical field characteristices, nutrient management factors, tillage management factors, pest management factors, irrigation and tile drainage management, and conservation practices.  Producers interested in becoming certified also receive priority status for technical and financial assistance. 

The MAWQCP puts producers together with local professionals and the new on-line field assessment tool to determine where risks to water quality exist on their farm, and empowers them to fix those risks when they’re found, at the same avoiding the expense, time and trouble of applying half-measures or implementing misplaced actions. 

Anyone interested in learing more about MAWQCP, the assessment process or becoming certified should contact the Lincoln SWCD at 507-694-1630; Dale Sterzinger, ext.112 dale.sterzinger@mn.nacdnet.net.