Water Quality Division
WQ Cost-Share Programs
Conservation Cost-Share Programs distribute the financial burden of environmental protection between federal and state government, and landowners. Under such programs, the U.S. EPA commits a percentage of funds necessary for a project, with the requirement that the state also provides a percentage of funds, called "matching" funds.
For Oklahoma Nonpoint Source Water Quality Projects, a Watershed Advisory Group reviews the project budget and determines how much federal and state money will be allotted for each type of best management practice (BMP) installed. Participating landowners agree to pay the remaining amount. Practices that are most beneficial to protecting water quality often receive higher funding rates and require less landowner contribution.
Water Quality Division projects receive vital administrative and technical support from Conservation Districts in each county who help administer cost-share programs for each project.