Programs for Conservation - State Programs
Agriculture Resource Development Program (ARDL) $27 million revolving fund that provides low interest (3%) loans for projects with a conservation benefit. The goal is to help landowners conserve soil and water, increase yields, maintain and improve water quality, conserve and improve wildlife habitat, prevent flooding, develop on-farm energy projects and mitigate damages caused by natural disasters. UACD and conservation districts assist in the marketing and applications for ARDL loan program.
Nonpoint Source Implementation Grants (319 Funds) provides grants to states to implement nonpoint source projects and programs in accordance with Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. Grants are provided to a lead agency in each state. The Utah Department of Environmental Quality administers this program and contracts for local projects through the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, conservation districts, UACD and other entities.
State Revolving Fund (SRF) Nonpoint Source Financial Assistance Program provides loans and/or grants for water quality improvement projects, including lakes, streams, wetlands and groundwater. Loans usually provided at 0% interest, with match from other sources including 319 grants, ARDL loans and other state and federal funds.
Grazing Improvement Program (GIP) provides grants to private landowners to improve range conditions and control weeds. GIP utilizes state grazing and weed boards to provide leadership to Utah's livestock industry and state and federal partners on rangeland and noxious weed issues.