The "Cost Share Program" handbook that is used to implement
the Mississippi Soil and Water Conservation Cost Share Program will be used to
implement the EPA Cost Share Land Treatment Program (Section 319 Funds) with
the following exceptions:
A. The best
management practices and definitions are shown on Attachment 1. The best
management practices that are eligible for cost share are shown on Attachment
B. There is no limit on the
amount of cost share funds that a participant can receive annually.
C. The cost share rate for all eligible
practices is 60% federal funds and 40% local funds. The component parts that
are eligible for cost share are set forth in each practice write up in Section
500. (Exception: For EPA 319 funded projects land preparation will be
considered a component part and will be included in the total cost of applying
the BMP.) In addition, the value of land taken out of production will be
considered a component in the installation of structural practices
D. If a participant
established a BMP at 100 % his/her cost, this cost can be included to meet 20%
of the local cost of another eligible cost share BMP. A minimum of 20% of the
cost of eligible BMP's must be in cash contributions. In no instance will a
participant receive cost sharing in an amount greater than the cost of
implementing a BMP.
E. The 40%
contribution may be considered for a single BMP or an entire farm basis. At the
time a cost sharing BMP is applied, the participant must have already
contributed or will contribute the 40% local cost at that time.
F. The "worksheet to determine cost sharing"
(Attachment 3) will be used for the farm and filed in the conservation plan
folder. The cost of the component parts and/or non cost sharing Best Management
Practices will be circled when carried out by the participant. This will
document the contribution of the participant.
G. The cost information shown on Attachment 4
will be used unless otherwise approved by the Soil and Water Conservation
H. Although required
for other BMPs, the determination, cost and use of component parts is not
applicable for BMP Conservation Tillage (No-Till) or Reduced Tillage. File this
Amendment and attachments in back of Section 400 "Cost Share Procedures" in the
Cost Share Program Handbook. Make notation on the "Administrative Procedures
Update Record", Page VI of the Handbook.