Buffer strips are strips of grass and/or trees that slow water runoff, trap sediment and enhance water infiltration in the buffer itself. They also trap fertilizers, pesticides, bacteria, pathogens and heavy metals, minimizing the chances of these potential pollutants reaching surface or groundwater sources.
Conservation buffers do work, and they are truly common sense conservation. There are a number of incentives, or conservation program tools, to help landowners line the Nebraska landscape with these practices. Each program varies slightly on factors like seeding payments, land rental rates, contract length and grazing options.
Nebraska Conservation Buffer Program
Natural Resources Districts Buffer Program