TJSWCD Cost Share Programs

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  • Role is to serve as guide and complete natural resource management and conservation work to localities within its boundaries (can be more than one locality)More than 3,000 in U.S.; 47 in Virginia98% of land in U.S.
  • Education – youth conservation camps, envirothon, presentations, field days, newsletterErosion & Sediment Control – new developmentsEasementsStormwater– runoff from urban, suburban and rural areasAgriculture
  • Over 1000 kids from Albemarle & Charlottesville for MWEEEnvirothon (3 teams)YCC (2 kids)$2,000 in scholarships1,800 kids overall (Fluvanna Field Day etc)
  • -focus (stormwater management tool, riparian areas, water supply reservoirs, groundwater recharge)-, accepting easements which other agencies and organizations will not
  • Three practices eligible to receive funding:Turf to nativesRainwater harvestingRaingardens
  • Dorothy Thompkins home at Bundoran
  • New Martha Jefferson Hospital on Pantops
  • 2. rain water harvesting - 250 gallons or larger - $2 per gallon
  • Program to pump out, repair, connect to main sewer line, replace, or install an alternative50-75% reimbursement rate (capped) based on household income
  • Discuss TMDL regulations both as an impediment and a motivator
  • TJSWCD Cost Share Programs

    1. 1. Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District Emily Nelson, Conservation Program Manager Natural Resources Conservation Service Kory Kirkland, District Conservationist
    2. 2. What is a Conservation District/NRCS? • Formed in 1930s to create local influence (local people, local decisions, local programs).
    3. 3. Five Program Areas Focus: Water Quality Protection Thomas Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation District (TJSWCD) Photo courtesy of NRCS
    4. 4. Education
    5. 5. How are TJSWCD Easements different than others? • Water quality • Small acreages acceptable • The TJSWCD fills the void Easements
    6. 6. Erosion & Sediment Control • Provide site plan review for: UVA, Nelson County and Louisa County, including shoreline protection at Lake Anna • Inspections & Plan Review for the Town of Scottsville • Four certified Combined Administrators on staff
    7. 7. Stormwater Management Urban BMPs (Virginia Conservation Assistance Program) Photo: Nick Lapham, Sunnyside Farm, Rappahannock, VA
    8. 8. Turf to Natives
    9. 9. Turf to Natives
    10. 10. Stormwater basin meadow
    11. 11. Rain Water Harvesting
    12. 12. Rain Garden Sand --- Soil --- Mulch--- Plants Native plant species that are tolerant of both wet and dry conditions
    13. 13. Edsel Road Townhomes, Alexandria
    14. 14. Sommerset Development, PG County, Maryland
    15. 15. Residential Practices •Urban BMPs •Replace/Repair Failing Septic Systems
    16. 16. Agricultural Programs Improve & protect water quality, conserve soil, and promote wise use of all farm resources through voluntary programs Photo courtesy of NRCS
    17. 17. Agricultural Programs Technical Assistance: • •Farm conservation planning •Conservation designs •Agricultural Stewardship Act 1996
    18. 18. Stream Crossings & Restricted Water Access
    19. 19. Grazing Land Management From this … To this … Appropriate stocking rates 20 acres can hold: • 8 horses • 10 cows •50 sheep or goats
    20. 20. Nutrient Management Plans Photos courtesy of NRCS Cover Crops (nutrient uptake, erosion control) Nutrient Management
    21. 21. Filter Strips and Forest Buffers Along Streams Cropland Pastureland Photo courtesy of NRCS
    22. 22. Livestock watering systems and stream fencing From this … To this … &
    23. 23. State Agricultural Programs Incentive Funding: -Up to100% Cost-Share -25% Tax Credit (Refundable)
    24. 24. Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) »All funding provided by Farm Bill »Engaged in Agriculture or Forestry »Range of cost-share from 50-100%
    25. 25. NRCS Conservation Programs Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) – Goal of program to establish riparian buffers – Land must be grazed or cropped (hay counts!) – Fencing, Alternative Watering System, Buffer Planting – Cost-share & Rental on buffer reimburses landowner 100%. Photo courtesy of NRCS
    26. 26. Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) •Projects prioritized and ranked against other applications •Points given for more comprehensive full farm conservation work •Target resource concerns related to: •Cropland •Animal Waste •Forestry •Grazing •Wildlife •Cost-share rates ranging from 50-90 % Photo courtesy of NRCS NRCS Conservation Programs
    27. 27. Wildlife Habitat Development/Maintenance (EQIP) – Targeted at creating/maintaining wildlife habitat » Early Successional » Riparian Corridors » Pollinator Habitat – Technical advice provided by Private Land Game Biologist Photo courtesy of NRCS NRCS Conservation Programs
    28. 28. Easements •Wetland Reserve Easements •Creation/Restoration/Protection Permanent or 30-Year Easement • Agricultural Land Easements •Protects working agricultural land •Provides up to 50% fair market value •Partners with Land Easement Holding Organizations Photo courtesy of NRCS NRCS Conservation Programs
    29. 29. TJSWCD & NRCS emily.nelson@tjswcd.org (434) 975-0224 kory.kirkland@va.usda.gov (540) 967-0233

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