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The Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District helps landowners resolve natural resource problems. Listed below are examples of projects that are in progress or completed. The projects helped landowners improve, enhance, or conserve resources. A variety of resources are used to implement these projects. Landowners who are interested in improving resources on their land can contact the District for assistance.

Many of the projects listed below were funded through federal, state and local sources. The District may be accepting applications for projects. Please contact our office for further information.

Nitrate Testing 1997-2001

In Idaho, nitrate is the most common contaminate in ground water. Nitrates come from nitrogen in animal or human waste, fertilizer, or decaying plant material which seeps into the soil. Between 1997 and 2001 the District worked to test and analyze well water for nitrates in Genesee, Lewiston, Uniontown, Lenore and Culdesac. Of the 43 samples taken, it is determined that 90% are under the federal threshold value concentration while 47% tested positive for total coliform, not to be confused with fecal coliform. Read the full report here to find out how your town ranks!

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