Watershed Management Spotlights

Posted on: August 14, 2017

Technical Assistance & Cost Share Program Rated Highly among Participants

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The program is offered because of a partnership between Scott Watershed Management Organization & Scott Soil & Water Conservation District.  Read more about the Technical Cost Share & Incentive Program on SWCD's website or SWMO's cost share website.

Key Findings of the U of M study:

  • Overall, program participants are highly satisfied with various aspects of Scott County’s Technical Assistance and Cost Share (TACS) program and the service provided by the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) staff
  • A majority of program participants are likely to work with SWCD staff in the future
  • Most program participants reported that the TACS program has inspired them to take conservation action
  • Program participants recommended that staff provide frequent feedback about the program, raise program awareness, reduce program complexity, and improve customer service
  • The biggest drivers of program participation appear to be environmental benefits of conservation practices, participants’ emotional connection to the land, and conservation ethic
  • Availability of financial incentives was an important motivator for most respondents. A majority of respondents believed that they are receiving the right amount of financial assistance to install conservation practices and are willing to install practices again at the same level of financial assistance
  • The biggest constraints to water resource conservation appear to be lack of personal financial resources, equipment, community financial resources, and community leadership

Click on the link below to view the report in its entirety. 

2017 U of M Scott County TACS Program Report
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