Water Programs

Rural Cost Share Program

 Program Objectives-Up to $5,000.00

The Weston County Natural Resource District Rural Cost Share program was created to help fund projects that make a positive difference on the land. We intend to provide incentive for landowners within the Weston County Natural Resource District Boundaries, to implement natural resource conservation practices that address soil erosion, water quality and quantity, energy conservation or improve wildlife habitat. This program is also for those landowners who can’t typically qualify for federal farm bill programs. Application Form is available here.

 

Project Examples

· Soil erosion mitigation. (streambank stabilization)

· Resource damage due to acts of nature. (field loss, stream bank stabilization, rangeland improvements)

· Solar stock pumps to improve livestock distribution in remote areas.

· Spring developments to enhance wildlife and/or improve livestock distribution.

· Fencing for implementing a rotational grazing system.

· Riparian fencing to manage livestock and reduce grazing impacts.

· Practices that federal farm bill programs do not fund such as electrical costs.

 

Wyoming Water Development Commission Watershed Study

To respond to the many requests we received after the October 13th Beaver Creek watershed study meeting we have attached a picture that shows the watershed area surrounded in green. The text box to the left is a breakdown of ownership and other data. If you have any questions regarding the meeting on the 13th or would like additional information about the potentials of a watershed study do not hesitate to call me at the office or click here to learn about the capabilities of small water projects that would be possible upon completion.

Last Modified on July 13, 2017

Picture is of the Solar Well pump that a landowner installed using our Rural Cost Share Program assistance. These work phenomenally and there has been a big interest in replacing windmills with these systems.

The District will hold its annual free well water testing for local residents, Bottle Pick up starts on April 24th in 2017. The tests measured the amount of nitrites, sulfates, total dissolved solids in the water and also tested for any presence of coliform bacteria. Landowners can use the test results to get a clear picture of the quality of their drinking water and take necessary steps to correct any water quality issues.

Drought Contingency Plan Workshops

The goals of the workshops are to help participants understand the role drought contingency plans play with respect to their grazing permit and the importance of developing a plan.   Participants will also learn about improving dialogue with federal agencies and better understanding the financial impacts of proactive planning for drought by comparing cost-savings of contingency plan to costs for emergency feed, transportation, etc.  Presentations and panel discussions will provide an opportunity to hear from other permittees about best management practices and resources in their own region to help address these issues. 

 

Agenda topics will include: 

· The financial impacts of proactive drought planning

· Basic components of drought contingency plans including sample plans, agency policies and other factors to consider 

· Communication strategies between permittees and federal agencies

· What's in your agency file? 

· Panel presentations featuring local agency staff and permittees discussing effective drought contingency strategies 

 

Learn more about the resources in your area to address range management and monitoring assistance, technical expertise, the roles of your local Cooperative Extension Service and Conservation Districts, and more

More information about the workshops is available on the WDA website at http://wyagric.state.wy.us/divisions/nrp/mediation-program/drought-workshops.  If you’d like more information, contact Lucy Pauley by phone (307) 777-8788 or email lucy.pauley@wyo.gov.  The workshops are made possible in part by a grant from the Western Center for Risk Management, through work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2010-49200-06203.