The priorities are listed in order from one to five in the previous section. However, programs are ongoing to address parts of all concerns. The NRCS plays a major role in reducing cropland erosion through the planning, layout, and design of terraces, diversions, waterways, filter strips, sediment and erosion control structures, dams, and many other practices. The water resources concerns are addressed by reducing sedimentation into lakes and streams with the application of conservation practices and Irrigation Water Management planning. The grazing lands are addressed through technical assistance with livestock producers to plan and apply grazing systems. The wetlands and wildlife concerns are addressed by NRCS through conservation compliance activities and implementing Federal programs such as Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP), Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
The NRCS cooperates with all six of the NRD's to implement a strong Nebraska Soil and Water Cnoservation Program (NSWCP), Natural Resources District (NRD) and Environmental Trust funded program to apply conservation practices to cropland within the district. Over $400,000 of cost share is provided to producers on an annual basis to install over 800,000 feet of terraces with pipe and grass outlets as well as approximately 20 erosion control dams, 50 sediment basins, and other practices such as filter strips.
One EQIP priority area, Wahoo Creek, has been approved and applications for other areas have been submitted. The CRP program is popular with over 600 active contracts in five counties. This district leads to the State in Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) activity to restore and preserve wetlands, most notable is the recently completed "Wilkensen Wildlife Management Area" in Platte county. This area was restored using WRP funds in combination with other private, state, and local government funds to restore 640 acres of wetlands. The WHIP program is also used to restore wildlife habitat.