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CCW Conference: Leveraging funding for agricultural conservation practices in Delaware

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  • Cut dips into the berm to reconnect channel to original floodplain and adjacent wetlands. (at an elevation that stream only overflows during storm events)Geoweb – stabilizes the right-of-way; when filled with sediment is becomes rigid and can support vehicles for maintenance.
  • -Planning, design, inspection, and construction layout by Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and Conservation District-Constructed by Conservation District-Planted by local high school FFA Club


  • 1. Leveraging Funding forAgricultural Conservation Practicesin DelawareJennifer VolkUniversity of DelawareEnvironmental Quality Extension Specialist4th Annual Choose Clean Water ConferenceJune 4, 2013
  • 2. Agriculture inDelaware’sportion of theChesapeakeAg contributes ~80% of the pollutants
  • 3. Stream and WetlandRestoration Projects• Blend funding sources and utilize partnerships– US Natural Resources Conservation Service– US Fish and Wildlife Service– Department of Natural Resources and EnvironmentalControl (DNREC)– Department of Agriculture– County Conservation Districts– Non-profit groups• Ducks Unlimited• The Nature Conservancy– School groups– Private contractors
  • 4. Gravelly Branch Restoration Project• Reconnected channelized stream to floodplain• Federal, state, and local partners
  • 5. Federal fundsState-ownedlandsMultipleagenciesdesign andconstructTax ditchorganization
  • 6. Webber Farm Restoration Project• 66.3% State funds• 26.4% National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant• 7.3% Non-Point Source Program funds
  • 7. Webber Farm Restoration Project“Whole Farm Water Management”• 1 acre demonstration wetland filters water draining fromproduction area with 6 poultry houses, supportivestructures, and 55 acres of cropland
  • 8. Cover Crops• 4 similar but separate cost share programsSussex Conservation District FY2013 Funds• DNREC Conservation Cost Share (state)• DNREC Nonpoint Source Program (federal)• General Assembly Bond Bill (state)• USDA NRCS (federal)• DNREC Watershed Assessment Section (federal)• Department of Agriculture (state)
  • 9. Cover CropsParticipation impacted by:• Funding• Weather conditions• Policies
  • 10. Strategic Watershed Action TeamProgramNRCS grant to have SWAT planners write Comprehensive NutrientManagement Plans for poultry producers• DNREC and County Conservation Districts also contributed cash and in-kind services– 2 planners– 2 years– 112 CNMPs– 10 outreach/education events
  • 11. It’s all about thepartnerships!jennvolk@udel.edu302-730-4000