Establish grass filters in the areas adjacent to sinkholes to reduce the potential of sediments, chemicals, pesticides or organic matter entering the underground karst system.
Sensitive areas are areas of agricultural land where current management has impacted erosion, surface water and ground water such as streams, sinkholes and springs. These practices are designed for the protection of water quality through: buffers collecting and filtering out sediment and other nutrients, herbicides and pesticides that could run off of crop fields; the exclusion of livestock, which prevents high nutrient and E. coli content while protecting the streambank from soil degradation at the same time; the protection of sinkholes and karst areas, which provide direct access to shallow groundwater, to protect drinking water aquifers and underground ecology.
The following state cost-share practices are designed to address this concern:
Details for each individual practice are available in the eligible practices chapter of the districts' Cost Share Handbook.