Classes 1 to 3 lands are considered to be capable of sustained annual production of cultivated crops.
This program is intended for the establishment of grassed buffers in natural flood plains along rivers, streams, creeks and drains on Class 1-3 Cropland. The reestablishment of wetland buffers and floodplains or the creation of areas of water retention also qualifies. These areas captures nutrient run-off, provides erosion reduction, captures carbon, and provides wildlife and pollinator habitat.
The SRRCD provides an annual $100 per acre land payment over a 5 year or 10 year contract. The SRRCD covers $100 per acre establishment cost (labour, equipment and seed).
Landowners are will remove vegetation (flash grazing or baling) from the protected areas after mid-July as weather permits to reduce nutrient runoff. Will submit a self-report with pictures to receive full payments. Without a self-report or fulfilling your duties will result in a half payment or no payment.