Who We Are & What We Do
We are a local governmental subdivision of the state of Wyoming as defined and established by Wyoming Conservation Districts Law. The Washakie County Conservation District's Board of Supervisors are elected by the people of Washakie County at General Elections by popular vote. Conservation District Board members are the only locally elected board charged specifically with the responsibility of representing local people on natural resource issues.
We do provide locally led leadership, encourage, and promote and inform through education, the conservation of natural resources. The Washakie County Conservation District assists landowners and land managers in practicing good natural resource stewardship and conservation for the long term benefit of the people by using monitoring, partnerships, staffing resources, and the taxpayer's money as efficiently and effectively as possible.
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Cost Share Opportunities
Section 319 Upper Big Horn Sub-Basin Watershed Implementation Program
WCCD is now under contract with the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality for our FY2022 319 Upper Big Horn Sub-Basin Watershed Implementation Program. This program will help cost share for on the ground projects that implement best practices proven to help improve water quality. We have had several producers take advantage of this program since 2015, and are excited to provide additional cost share assistance for producers over the next couple of years, or until funds have been expended.
The Upper Big Horn Watershed is a HUC 8 sub-basin of the Big Horn Watershed. The watershed encompasses 2, 222, 571.48 acres over several counties. The map above shows the area within Washakie County that projects will be considered.
The purpose of this project is to reduce bacteria and pathogens entering the Big Horn River, Sage Creek, Slick Creek, Nowater and Fifteen Mile Creek within the identified watershed. Also included is Cottonwood Creek, but this is not currently listed as an impaired waterbody and will have lower priority.
Our goal is to drive and complete voluntary participation in water quality restoration projects to reduce bacteria and pathogen loading within the watershed through strategic outreach and education opportunities, implementation of best management practices, as well as seeking ways to create and implement a water quality monitoring program to asses how previous 319 projects have impacted water quality conditions.
If you have a project in mind that you believe will provide a public benefit by improving our water quality and quantity, reach out to Amanda with details on how to qualify. All applications will go through a ranking process with the Washakie Watershed Steering Committee for recommendation to the WCCD Board of Supervisors for approval.
There are many types of projects that could qualify, from rangeland to irrigated cropland, and more. Cost share funding is available upon approval and will only be offered until all funds have been committed.
WCCD Rural Cost Share Program
WCCD offers a Rural Cost Share Program funded through Mill Levies through the County. This on the ground project funding program was created to help fund projects that make a positive difference on the land. The focus of the program is to impact water quality, enhance or protect soils, and enhance wildlife habitat.
This is a 50% cost share program with a maximum of $10,000 allocated for each project. The District budgets $40,000 annually towards this program. Applications are accepted on the first week of every month and require an on-site visit of the proposed project. We have four batched applications periods annually, with project presentations to the Board of Supervisors for approval during the February, May, August and November board meetings held on the 3rd Monday of those months.
For more information on the application process, or to discuss your project for consideration, please contact Amanda. Our application can be downloaded through the Cost Share link on this webpage.