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Financial Assistance

The Delaware General Assembly provides the District with cost-share funds to be used by various cooperating landowners in Kent County to construct Best Management Practices. Applications for cost-share assistance must be submitted for each practice and are approved on a first-come first-served basis. A signed Cooperators Agreement will be required for each applicant.

All practices must meet or exceed USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) standards and must be maintained for a period of ten years. No cost-share will be provided for standards that are considered to be optional and are not necessary for the practice to be constructed to meet NRCS specifications.

A Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Lien will be filed with the Kent County Recorder of Deeds for all conservation practices with the exception of drainage practices. The nonrefundable filing fee of $30 will be the responsibility of the applicant and must be submitted with the cost-share application.

Best management practices eligible for cost-share are as follows:

  1. Water Management Practices
    • Open Ditching
    • Tile Drainage
    • Land Grading and/or Smoothing
  2. Animal & Agricultural Waste Management Systems
    • Poultry Composter
    • Poultry Manure Storage Structure
    • Dairy Waste Systems
    • Equine Manure Storage Structure
    • Heavy Use Area Protection (Concrete Pads) for Poultry
    • Spray Irrigation Equipment
    • Heavy Use Area Protection for Dairy
  3. Water Quality Practices
    • Drainage Ditch Impoundments
    • Ponds - Type 3 CRP CP3A & CP 23
    • Cover Crops (FY-2016 Guidelines)
  4. Erosion and Sediment Control Practices
    • Water and Sediment Control Basins
    • Critical Area Treatment
    • Structures
    • Sod Waterways
    • Windbreaks
  5. Administrative & Technical Assistance Assistance
  6. Special Projects

Cost Share Application Form

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