Kansas Water Quality Buffer Initiative

Kansas Water Quality Buffer Initiative

Kansas Water Quality Buffer Initiative is administered through the State Conservation Commission (SCC).The goal of the Kansas Water quality Buffer Initiative is to enhance participation under the federal Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) for the installation of riparian forest buffers and grass filter strips.  The state provides per acre rental payments supplementing federal rental payments received through the CRP to restore water quality in high priority watersheds. The Kansas Water Quality Buffer Initiative provides funds to supplement federal CRP rental payments by either 30% (for grass filter strips) or 50% (for riparian forest buffers).  Incentives are calculated using established CRP soil rental rates. The supplemental payment provided through this initiative is in addition to the 20% federal supplement for continuous CRP sign-up. Cost-sharing for the establishment of grass filter strips or riparian forest buffers is available through the CRP program, and may be supplemented with additional cost-share funds from conservation districts or private organizations.  Landowners throughout the state who install filter strips and riparian forest buffers can also apply for a reduction in the assessed value of their land for tax purposes. For more information: http://www.accesskansas.org/kscc/wqbi.html