The State Conservation Commission allocates funding to Conservation Districts based on formulas that have been created by advisory workgroups. Since FY 2014-15, the SCC has allocated Dirt and Gravel funds ($20 million) separately from Paved Low Volume Road funds ($8 million). The documents below contain Conservation District allocations, along with explanations about the respective formulas used to determine the allocations.
The Dirt and Gravel Road allocations ($20M) are based primarily on the miles of unpaved road and verified worksite within each county.
The Paved Low Volume Road allocations ($8M) are based primarily on the amount of potential paved low volume roads with each county. Weighting factors were then applied to give more weight to paved roads that are within 500 feet of a stream, and paved roads that are outside of urban areas. This methodology was used since an assessment of paved low volume roads (as was done with unpaved roads) is not feasible considering the volume of roads and lack of traffic count data.
The State Conservation Commission approved slight changes to both allocation formulas at their January 2018 meeting that will be implemented with the FY 2018-19 allocations. The updated allocation formulas are provided below. A webinar that details the formula changes was recorded on 2/6/18 and can found in the Past Webinars page.
Allocation Formula Details (142 KB): Details of how both the "Low Volume Road" and "Dirt and Gravel Road" funding is allocated from the Commission to conservation districts.
Combined District Allocations (102 KB): FYs 2014-15 through 2017-18.
Previous District Allocations (119 KB): District allocations from FY 1997-98 through 2013-14 ($4M annually).