Landowners with natural resource concerns on their property are encouraged to visit the Thomas County Conservation District to discuss solutions and possible state financial assistance. The Conservation District is charged with the responsibility of protecting and conserving the county’s natural resources with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) providing technical assistance relating to erosion, water quality, water conservation, and other resource issues.

The Conservation District is currently accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2020 Water Resource and Non-Point Source Pollution projects.These projects have a projected completion date of May 22, 2020. The Division of Conservation under Kansas Department of Agriculture administers state cost-share programs through the conservation district, which provides landowners financial assistance to implement approved conservation practices.

Following the sign-up deadline, the conservation district will be developing the county program based on conservation needs being assessed, in part, by the project proposals. Projects will be approved by the conservation district on a priority basis. The sign-up does not guarantee approval or cost-share assistance.

For more information concerning eligible practices, please contact the District Office. We are pleased to help bring dollars into Thomas Co. to aid in soil and water conservation efforts.

During the past five years, the following dollar amounts have been distributed to local landowners and producers.

Water Resources Program
  • 2015 – $19,196,97
  • 2016 – $18,152.52
  • 2017 – $14,023.63                   
  • 2018 – $14,551.00                   
  • 2019 – $9,050.88
TOTAL – $74,975.00

Non-Point Source Pollution Program
  • 2015 – $11,485.83
  • 2016 – $10,038.20
  • 2017 – $5,700.00                            
  • 2018 – $5,468.48                                                                                       
  • 2019 – $7,750.00
TOTAL – $40,442.51

TOTAL OF ALL COST-SHARE ADMINISTERED SINCE 2015:
$115,417.51