Sediment Reduction Programs

The Allegan Conservation District currently has funds to reduce sediment runoff in the Rabbit River and Gun River watersheds. These programs pay agricultural land users when they implement conservation practices on their land. Payments are based on how much sediment runoff is prevented, so the more you do, the more you earn! Find your land on the map below to see if you might be eligible.

 

Conservation Practices

Conservation practices are actions that have been shown by the Natural Resources Conservation Service to help preserve or improve the land. More information on conservation practices can be found here. The practices supported in our watershed projects are:

  • Filter Strips – 25-45 foot wide strips of native grasses and vegetation, typically bordering wetlands or streams.
  • Mulch Till or Reduced Till – Tillage disturbs the soil, but does not invert it, leaving significant residue behind. Common tillage equipment includes chisels and disks.
  • No Till
  • Cover Crops
  • Exclusion Fencing (only in the Rabbit River watershed)

 

Payments

Rabbit River Watershed Project
• $150 per ton of sediment prevention annually (typically $20 – $100 per acre depending on practices)
• $1000 bonus for enrolling fields in priority areas

Gun River Watershed Project
• $150 per ton of sediment prevention annually (typically $20 – $100 per acre depending on practices)
• $500 bonus for enrolling in 2019
• $500 bonus for enrolling fields in priority areas
• $500 bonus for implementing filter strips

 

Contact the Allegan Conservation District’s watershed technician today for more information and an estimate of how much you can earn.

Brian Talsma

(269) 673-6940 ext. 5

brian.talsma@macd.org

 

Funds for the Rabbit River Watershed Project are from the U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office – Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Fund (EPA-R5-GL2016-AWM)

Funds for the Gun River Watershed Project come from the Great Lakes Commission – Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program (GLSNRP-08-18-03)

 

Questions or comments about this program? Let us know.