LIVESTOCK AND OTHER PASTURED ANIMALS
The SCCD-NRCS Livestock and Other Pastured Animals Improvement program is a local improvements program that provides voluntary, locally-directed, financial and technical assistance to producers wishing to minimize the impact of a livestock operation on adjacent waterways.
The program provides incentives to landowners for the rearrangement or relocation of corrals and feeding areas that have the potential to negatively impact water quality. Storm water run-off from corrals often contain bacteria (many of which are human pathogens), nutrients, sediment, and organic materials which are delivered to local streams. By mitigating the impacts of these storm waters, landowners also reduce their risk of possible regulatory enforcement actions.
Funding for the program is provided by a combination of Federal and State grants administered by the SCCD, USDA program funds, and landowner contributions. Federal grants come from US EPA through section 319 of the Clean Water Act and are administered through the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. State grants come from the Wyoming Department of Agriculture. USDA program funds generally come from the Environmental Quality Incentives (EQIP) or the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Programs. Depending on the individual project, landowners may qualify to have 50% to 80% of their improvement project cost-shared.
For additional information on the SCCD Cost-Share Program, please refer to the following: