Water for Yields in YOUR Fields - Loss Creek sub-watershed

This project is focused in the Loss Creek Sub-watershed of the Sandusky River Watershed and is located completely within Crawford County.

What is the Purpose of this Grant??

We have all read the articles about Grand Lake St. Marys or Lake Erie Algae Blooms, but how do they relate to us?  While that answer is not clear, it is known that agriculture is a contributor to the nutrient loads in Lake Erie.  We also know that 84% of the Sandusky River watershed is row crop agriculture.

So what can you do?  By implementing Best Management Practices (BMPs) to reduce surface and tile runoff, you demonstrate that conscientious efforts have been taken to reduce the loss of agriculturally applied nutrients on the land keeping them out of the water.  In the end it will benefit everyone by providing more economic utilization of nutrients for the improved production to feed the world.

How will the Grant Incentives Program work and which Best Management Practices are included?

There are three (3) Payment Incentive Options and they include:

  1. Cost Share - Receive up to 90% of the actual cost not to exceed limits set within this grant.
  2. Soil Savings Incentive - Receive $10.00 per ton for each toe of soil saved based on before and after calculations.
  3. Phosphorus Reduction Savings - Per acre incentives of $15, $25, or $35 determined by reducing your Phosphorus Index Score.  List of Phosphorus Reduction Practices and reduction scoring listed below.

Practices include but will not be limited to the following since this program is built on flexibility.

Cost Share Practices - Waterways, cover crops, rock chutes, exclusion fencing, controlled drainage, tile inlet controls, heavy use pads.  Drainage Management Demonstrations will be limited to 75% cost share.

Soil Savings Practices - Conservation rotation or tillage improvements, grassed waterways, permanent grass/pasture establishments, cover crops, tile inlet controls.

Phosphorus Reduction Practices - Cover crops, broadcast fertilizer management, tile inlet controls.

Like to try something not listed? - We will calculate and determine the savings!!!!!

Modified Targeted Phosphorus Index Reduction Practices

Filter Strip (new or enhanced)


Filter Strip (hayed or fodder removed) -3
Filter or Recharge Area -5
Cover Crop -8
Riparian Forest Buffer -8
Conservation Crop Rotation including Wheat -8
Pasture/Hay Planting (must convert cropland) -8
Constructed Wetland -10
Grassed Waterway (new or repaired) -4
Actively Utilizing Nutrient Management Plan -5
Apply since Crop P -3
Crop Removal Only P Application -3
Banded or Immediate Incorporation of Broadcast P -5
Residue and Tillage Management (must increase residue) -4
Drainage Water Management (installed) -10
Tile Inlet Control with OEM -4
Tile Blowout Repaired -10






















Economic Evaluation and Assessment is also available to evaluate each Best Management Practice before installation .

For more information or to enroll in the program contact:

Crawford Soil and Water Conservation District

3111 State Route 98, Bucyrus, OH 44820


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