The state's soil productivity is constantly diminished by soil erosion caused by wind and water.

Natural Resources Districts try to offset these natural forces by promoting conservation techniques, educating the public, and working with other agencies such as the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources to install best management practices on the land.

Cost-share incentives such as the Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation Program and programs specific to each NRD provide landowners financial assistance. Erosion is controlled by installing terraces, grassed waterways, grade stabilization structures and dams, planting windbreaks and improving range management among other techniques.

When soil erosion becomes a threat to neighboring property, districts have the legal authority to mediate a solution under the Erosion and Sediment Control Act.

Fix It, Don't Disc It: Learn more about preventing ephemeral gully erosion.