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Conservation Programs

Conservation Planning Programs

Total Maximum Daily Load Implementation Plans for Agricultural and Grazing Lands

The Commission is involved in a variety of efforts aimed at improving the quality of Idaho’s surface and ground water resources by addressing nonpoint source pollution. These activities include preparing Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) implementation plans for agricultural and grazing lands, overseeing the development and annual review of individual conservation districts’ Antidegradation Plans (Five Year Plans), and assisting with the development and review of Ground Water Quality Programs.

Ground Water Quality Programs

The Commission participates, along with other State agencies, in the development and review of Ground Water Protection Plans.

Idaho Ag Pollution Abatement Plan (Ag Plan)

The Ag Plan is Idaho’s response to §208 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33USC 1251 et seq.), referred to as the Clean Water Act, and represents the agricultural portion of the State Water Quality Management Plan. The Ag Plan is a dynamic guidance document which serves as the action plan for all nonpoint source agricultural activities in the state.

Watershed Improvement District Formation and Dissolution

The Commission is responsible for administrating the creation and dissolution of watershed improvement districts in accordance with §42-3705, Idaho Code.

Financial Assistance for Implementing Conservation Programs and Projects

Resource Conservation and Rangeland Development Loan Program (RCRDP)

Landowners apply here for low-interest loans to install conservation measures on private property.

Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)

The Conservation Commission works collaboratively with other state and federal agencies to offer CREP, a federal program partnership providing financial incentives to landowners to reduce ground water consumption in the Eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer by taking marginal farm ground out of production.

Water Quality Program for Agriculture (WQPA)

More information coming soon-

Unfunded Conservation Programs

By statute, the Commission is responsible to provide the following programs, however no funding is currently appropriated with which to operate them:

  • Idaho OnePlan – Online Conservation Planning for farm/ranch properties.
  • Conservation Improvement Grants – Idaho Code: §22-2733
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