Farmers make the difference

The key component in conservation work is the farmer who brings knowledge, experience, and the ability to adapt to change. Farmers make the decisions, do the planning, set the goals - and thus control both the short and long-term productivity of the land and the watershed.

But farmers don't have to do everything on their own. Technical assistance and funding are available through our project office. We help match you up with various state and federal cost share programs including direct financial assistance from the City of Wichita. Contact us with ideas for water quality protection on your farm or ranch.

Practices that protect water quality:

  • Cover crops

  • Reduced tillage or no-till farming

  • Rotational grazing

  • Crop rotations

  • Conversion of cropland to permanent vegetation

  • Wetland development and restoration

  • Livestock watering systems that replace a stream or river as the primary water source

  • Moving winter feeding areas away from the stream by providing other sources of water and shelter

  • Converting expired Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres to a grazing system

Options unique to our watershed:


1. Perimeter Fence

The City of Wichita will pay 50% of the cost to install up to 2 miles of perimeter fence on expired Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts within the watershed. Usually we can help you find at least partial funding for a watering system as well. Participants must agree to maintain the grass and fence for at least 10 years.


2. Cropland to Grass

Convert cropland to a permanent forage such as native grasses and recieve a one-time payment of $100 per acre. And we'll help you find cost share for seeding the grass.


3. Cover Crops

We have a three-year program to help you introduce cover crops into your crop rotation. The first year you are eligible to receive $30/acre for up to 160 acres with a 3 or 4 species mix. Payments on year 2 and 3 are $20/acre. If you opt for 5 or more species in your mix, you are eligible for $50/acre the first year and $30/acre in years 2 and 3.

Some incentives and cost share programs are only available in high-priority areas of the watershed.