Needs Assessment

The one-tenth-of-one-percent parks, soils and water sales tax is used to fund efforts to help protect the soil from erosion and improve water quality. The tax was renewed by voters of the state of Missouri in 2006. Roughly $24 million is available to Missouri landowners from this tax. The Soil and Water Districts Commission has asked each soil and water conservation district to do a needs assessment so the cost-share dollars can be more accurately allocated to meet the landowners needs.

The Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District is in the process of writing a needs assessment as it pertains to cost-share dollars for conservation practices. This needs assessment will be submitted to the state Soil and Water Conservation Districts Commission to assist in determining our district's cost-share dollar allotment for next year. We have attached the entire listing of all regular and special area land treatment (SALT) cost-share practices that could be available statewide. These practices are grouped into what resource concern they address when installed. The board of supervisors would like to know where cost-share for these conservation practices is needed in the county. We also want to find out what types of practices landowners need to address resource problems.

Please take time to either circle or mark the practices that you are interested in and mail back this form. You may also call the office with your information or stop in the office and let us know what practices you could use to fix the resource concerns on your land. The goal of this is to tell the state commission exactly how many landowners want to do cost-share practices. We also want to tell them what practices the landowners need, the estimated costs and potential soil savings and water quality impact that can be achieved through cost-share.

If you would like more information on a certain practice or this process, feel free to contact out office at 636-789-2441, ext. 3 or by e-mail at

Thank you for taking the time to assist us in determining what resource concerns need to be addressed in Jefferson County.