Grass Waterway Assistance:
Side-by-Side Comparison of Programs
AgBMP Loan Program

Grass Waterway Loan: In counties where Grass Waterways qualify for AgBMP Loans and funds are available, the loan has a 3% interest rate and helps finance the purchase of supplies and services needed to establish the Grass Waterway.  The loan may be combined with incentive or cost share payments from other programs, thereby reducing participant’s out-of-pocket costs for practice installation.

AgBMP loan applications are typically accepted year-round. To inquire, contact your local Soil & Water Conservation District.

 



CRP Continuous Signup (CCRP)

Applications taken year-round.
CCRP payment for Grass Waterway: A multi-part payment consisting of theregularCRP/CCRP annual land rental payment plus 20% bonus ($19 to $247 per acre, depending on the county and soils) for 10 years; a one-time signup incentive of $100/acre; one-time cost share + practice incentive payments covering up to 90% of installation expenses (e.g., seeds, site prep); and a mid-contract maintenance payment to defray the cost of required management activities.
See CCRP Grass Waterway payment details for more information, including land rental rates by county and cost share eligible products/services.
To inquire, contact your local USDA Farm Service Agency office.
Nov 2009


Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
* payment information not currently available

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

 

EQIP Payment for Grass Waterway: One-time payment of $1.06 to $2.14 per foot of waterway length, depending on the width at the bottom of the waterway. Also, if needed, $1.19/foot of fabric barrier and additional payments for mulching. Higher payment rates apply to Historically Underserved Participants. See EQIP Grass Waterway payment details for more information.

 

EQIP applications are accepted anytime but there are deadlines for each funding cycle, typically one or two a year. To inquire, contact your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service or Soil & Water Conservation District office.

 



RIM Reserve

Grass Waterway Payment Summary: The payment consists of two components, an easement payment and a cost share payment. For perpetual easements, the RIM program pays landowners 90% of the Assessor’s Township Average Market Value of the land enrolled. The RIM program pays 100% of the eligible costs of establishing grass waterways, up to $300/acre.

See RIM Reserve – Grass Waterway Payment Details for more information.

To inquire, contact your local Soil & Water Conservation District.   



State Cost-Share Program

Grass Waterway Payment: A one-time cost share payment covering up to 75% of the eligible cost for establishing a grass waterway. This includes grass waterways that are implemented as part of a diversion or a terrace. Local SWCDs may set a payment rate lower than the statewide maximum of 75%. Higher cost share percentages may be targeted at areas identified with high priority erosion and water quality problems. 

See State Cost Share – Grass Waterway Payment Details for more information. 

To inquire, contact your local Soil & Water Conservation District.



Carbon Credit Programs
Grass Waterway Payment: The permanent grass component of a grass waterway is eligible for a seeded grass carbon credit payment from the Farmers Union Carbon Credit Programor a cropland carbon credit payment from the AgraGate Climate Credits Corporation. (AgraGate’s cropland offset category includes permanent grass plantings.) Payments fluctuate based on the market price of carbon dioxide; see the Chicago Climate Exchange for the current price. 
 
See Carbon Credit – Grass Waterway Payment Details for more information.


Local & Regional Programs

Special financial incentives are sometimes offered to landowners in a particular county or watershed for selected conservation practices for a limited time – usually as part of a special initiative funded by a federal or state grant. To find out if any special conservation incentives are offered in your area at this time, contact your local Soil & Water Conservation District, watershed organization, county, Resource Conservation & Development office or other local contacts.

For examples of special local & regional offers or information about the enabling grant programs, click on Local & Regional Programs at the top of this column.



Other Programs

To browse other potential sources of financial or free technical assistance for Grass Waterways click on Other Programs at the top of this column, with special attention to Sustainable Ag Working Lands programs.