Dickinson County Conservation District - Find us at the USDA Service Center in Abilene, KS

 Dickinson County Conservation District

"Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land."   Aldo Leopold

State Cost-Share Financial Assistance Program

The Dickinson County Conservation District will accept applications for cost-share funds beginning April 15 of each year for the following practices: diversion, grassed waterway, subsurface drain, terrace, underground outlet, water & sediment control basin, septic system upgrades, plugging abandoned water wells, and soil testing. The sign-up will end May 15 for the cost-share award year beginning July 1.  However, applications are accepted and considered for cost-share financial assistance throughout the year,  dependent upon availability of funds remaining.

All applications will be prioritized according to the threat to water quality, and must meet the following eligibility requirements: 

  • The land must be located in Dickinson County
  • All structures receiving cost-share assistance must be built to USDA NRCS "Specifications and Standards."
  • Abandoned water well plugging receiving cost-share assistance must follow Kansas Department of Health and Environment requirements and procedures. 
  • Septic system upgrades must meet the Kansas Department of Health and Environment minimum standards for design and construction of onsite wastewater systems and pass all county code inspections.
  • All practices must be implemented by May 1 of the following year. 

Cost-share is for upgrading an existing failing system and is not available for new home construction.

Cost-Share funds are not available for practices started before approval of the cost-share application.

Download applications for either program on our Forms and Publications page.


State Water Resource Cost-Share Program

This program provides financial incentives to landowners for the establishment of conservation practices to reduce soil erosion, improve or protect water quality, and enhance water supplies.

List of Practices:

  •     Brush Management 
  •     Contour buffer strips
  •     Critical area planting
  •     Diversion
  •     Dry Hydrant
  •     Fencing 
  •     Field Border
  •     Filter Strips
  •     Grade Stabilization Structure
  •     Pipeline
  •     Pasture and Hayland Planting
  •     Riparian Forest Buffer
  •     Spring Development
  •     Terraces
  •     Underground Outlet
  •     Water and Sediment Control Basin
  •     Watering Facility

Non-Point Source (NPS) Pollution Program

The Non-Point Source Program is a comprehensive voluntary program that provides technical and financial assistance for restoring and protecting surface and groundwater quality. This is achieved by the installation of pollution control measures/structures and through information and education assistance.

List of Practices:

  •     Abandoned Water Well Plugging
  •     On-Site Waste System
  •     Livestock Waste System
  •     Nutrient Management