The District provides incentives for practices that protect and improve the quality of water resources located in the District’s jurisdictional area. Landowners, citizen groups and local units of government can request financial and technical assistance through the cost share programs for implementation of conservation practices. Compensation for practices implemented depends on whether the category (residential, commercial, or agricultural) and type of practice being applied for.
The District offers a cost-share docket in partnership with the Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). Farmers can receive technical & design assistance as well as financial incentive payments for the installation of practices which help improve and/or protect water quality. Currently the District pays a yearly stipend for filter strips on the basis of phosphorus removal efficiency; all other practices on the docket are compensated on a construction-cost basis. Contact the Scott SWCD for more information.
In addition, the District’s Farmer-Led Council is promoting a cost-share opportunity to farmers for variable rate application. This cost-share opportunity is designed to promote nutrient management in the watershed. Limited funds are available. For more information visit the FLC Cost Share page.
You can receive up to $250 for installing certain water quality practices at your home; get started by filling out an application today!
Choose your application:
(Note: for shoreline restorations and raingarden projects use only the separate application)
- PLSLWD Residential Cost Share Application
- Shoreline projects: Lakeshore Incentive Program Application
- Raingarden projects: Raingarden Grant Application
Raingardens, lakeshore restorations, and rain barrels are all popular options for local residents to decrease the impact of their property on water quality. Other eligible projects may include buffer strips or water pumps to use lake water for irrigation. Visit our Learn More page for more information on these practices. Choose which practice fits best for your property, fill out an application before you start, and staff will let you know if your project is eligible for our program.
On commercial, industrial, or institutional properties, more extensive Best Management Practices might be appropriate. Pervious asphalt, concrete, or pavers (which allow water to soak in, unlike traditional impervious surfaces) and infiltration trenches or other devices that go above and beyond regulatory requirements are good examples. The District may reimburse the installers of these practices up to an amount that is determined by both their effectiveness at removing phosphorus, and the number of people who see the practice (educational benefit).
Please contact District if you are interested in installing a project.