Basin States Program 
The valley where Shavano Conservation District is located has been designated as a Salinity Control area. The USDA Farm Bill designates funds to specifically address the salinity issue through improving efficiency in irrigation systems, thus reducing the amount of salts entering the Colorado River. In addition to program funds, this District receives funding that the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) allocates to work in conjunction with the EQIP program. The Lower Basin States Program provides funding for cost-share for irrigation practices and technical assistance positions to work alongside NRCS personnel with the two conservation programs. The Basin States Program offers financial assistance of up to 75% to landowners in order to improve the efficiency of irrigation systems on their land in western Colorado. It is estimated that over 1,000,000 tons of salt were entering the Colorado River each year from designated salinity areas in Colorado prior to 1978. By implementing the program, rural landowners can help to reduce the amount of salt entering the Colorado River. Please contact the Shavano Conservation District office for additional information on this program. 


Natural Resources Conservation Matching Grants 
NRC matching grants provides funds for conservation districts to address on-the-ground conservation problems identified at the local level. Funds are appropriated annually through the Colorado State legislature and districts apply through the Colorado State Conservation Board (CSCB) to fund an important conservation project or program in their community. The District must provide a dollar-for-dollar match from local, private or federal cash or in-kind sources for program awards.  This program is open to all Colorado Conservation Districts to help them implement private lands on-the-ground conservation projects. 

• The program provides 50% state funds towards the costs of such projects. 
• The District and their partners provide the other 50% of funding. 

The grant is competitive and a committee of government and private conservation experts rank the applications based on: 

• conservation impact 
• feasibility 
• district involvement 

Irrigation Water Management 
The Shavano Conservation District employs a full-time Irrigation Water Management (IWM) Specialist. Funding for this position and two other Basin technician positions are made available through the Basin States Program. The IWM Specialist provides on-farm technical support to landowners on their irrigation systems and will review proper irrigation technique. Soil moisture data loggers are available to rent through the District each growing season.