The Kelly Creek Watershed Project focused on the Kelly Creek watershed which spans almost 120,000 acres and 187 miles, most of which is in northwestern and central Foster County with smaller percentages in Wells and Eddy counties.   The primary goal of this project was to improve water quality in Kelly Creek and its major tributaries through decreases in cropland nutrient and animal waste runoff.  To do this, the SCD assisted producers in deciding which best management practices (BMP’s) were the best fit for their cropland and rangeland, and how to improve the handling of animal waste.  The project also involved educational outreach into the community.   Below are a few of the BMP’s that were available for cost-share through the project at a rate of 60-40.

 This project ended in September 2016, but there is currently another watershed project available for those in the Baldhill Creek Watershed in eastern Foster County, outlined in pink below.  That project is administered by Griggs County SCD (701-797-2240), but the information below should apply to the Baldhill Creek Project as well.   If there is something not listed that you’re interested in using, please ask!  It may be possible to cost-share that as well.

  Foster County SCD also offers technical assistance for those that are interested in finding out more about water quality and how to improve the water quality on their land.
Best Management Practices
A Number of Potential Practices Are Available for Assistance

 When land does well for its owner, and the owner does well by his land; when both end up better by reason of their partnership, we have conservation.
               –Aldo Leopold

Cover Crops
Help manage a variety of issues including soil salinity, excess water, soil erosion, compaction, and nutrient loss.  They also improve soil health and are a supplemental forage source for livestock
Used to establish grazing and winter feeding plans.  Can keep cattle from causing stream-bank erosion and prevent them from spending time wallowing in the water 
Shelterbelt Establishment
Livestock Manure Management Systems
Shelterbelts help keep soil from blowing around and act as a natural buffer, preventing herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers from entering the watershed
A good ag waste system keeps excess nutrients from entering the watershed by properly managing livestock waste
Well, Tank, and Pipeline
Portable Windbreaks
Provide water to areas away from creeks, allowing  division for grazing and feeding management plans
Can be used to move winter feeding out of confinement areas and distribute livestock waste directly onto  cropland

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry
              - Thomas Fuller

 Water is the driving force of all nature
   - Leonardo da Vinci

Best Management Practices Cost Share List and Information on Partial Manure Mangement Systems