Needs Assessment

Landowner Feedback Form

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 landowners' needs.

The McDonald SWCD 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 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 or e-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 our office at 417-451-1007, ext 3, or by e-mail at


  Please Return By April 1, 2016  
Resource Concern and Cost-Share Practice Unit Year One (July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017) Acres or sites to be Treated Year Two (July 1, 2016- June 30, 2017) Acres or Sites to be Treated Year 3 -5 (July 1, 2017- June 30, 2020) Acres or Sites to be Treated
Sheet and Rill Erosion Acres of land suffering from sheet and rill erosion      
Seeding crop ground to permanent grass or interseeding legumes into established grass acres      
Terrace Systems acres      
Windbreaks for crop ground acres      
No-Till Systems acres      
Gully Erosion Number of active gully sites that need to be addressed      
Grading, shaping and seeding each       
Diversions each       
Pond each       
Dry hole structures each       
Sod Waterways each       
Woodland Erosion Number of acres that are in woodlands that are suffering from erosion      
Planting trees to protect a specific area acres      
Fencing livestock out of woods acres      
Exclude all use from a wooded area acres      
Implementing a timber harvest plan ( Forest Only) acres      
Restoration of skid trails, logging roads, stream crossings and log landings** (Forest Only) each      
Irrigation Management Number of acres that are managed by the irrigation systems      
Renozzling a center pivot acres      
Irrigation System, Surface and Subsurface (surge valve and flat tubing) acres      
Reusing surface water runoff for irrigation acres      
Irrigation Water Conveyance acres      
Water retention structure to reduce nutrient and chemical loading downstream acres      
Controlled Drainage Practice acres      
Sensitive Areas  Number of acres that will buffer or protect streams or fields      
Field Border acres      
Filter Strip acres      
Establishing Riparian Forest Buffer acres      
Establish Windbreaks for protecting crop ground acres      
Excluding livestock from streams, Provide alternative water, does not require the planting of trees. acres      
Animal Waste Management Number of Animal Waste Storage Systems       
Beef Systems each      
Dairy Systems each      
Swine Systems each      
Poultry Systems each      
Nutrient Management The number of acres that are protected by managing nutrients      
Commercial Fertilizer Application acres      
Organic fertilizer application  acres      
Pest Management The number of acres that are protected by managing pests      
Proper Pesticide application  acres      
Ground Water Protection The number of sites that will be developed to protect groundwater quality      
 Composting Facility each      
 Incinerator each      
Fencing of Sinkhole areas each      
Spring Development each      
Well Decommissioning each      
Sinkhole Improvement (Only Perry, St. Genevieve and Cape Girardeau Counties) each      
Grazing Management Number of acres that are put into a system to maximize forage use and availability      
Interseeding Existing Pasture with legumes through no-tilling acres      
 Planned Grazing System acres      
 Planned Grazing System with a Pond acres      
 Planned Grazing System with a Well acres      
Streambank Erosion Number of feet are protected along the stream.      
Stabilizing Streambank feet