The District provides a variety of programs  and services for area land owners. 

We host a yearly Conservation Field Day which provides local farmers and land owners a first hand view of practices which fulfill the mission of clean water and Best Managment Practices. Click on the Conservation Field Day link to learn more.

Ongoing educational activities: in school programming  in Bath, Highland and Alleghany Counties provided by the District. Funding for these programs in Alleghany County and the City of Covington is provided by the Alleghany Foundation. Click on the educational activities link to learn more.


Following is a synopsis of programs the district can provide  to land owners, in conjunction with the NRCS. 

Please contact our office for further information and to participate in any of these programs.

FR-3       Woodland Buffer and Filter Area

                Description: A protection method along streams to reduce erosion, sedimentation, and the pollution of water from agricultural nonpoint sources.

                Purpose: The purpose of this practice is to offer an incentive that will change land use and  establish a forest buffer to provide streambank protection and to control soil erosion, sedimentation, and nutrient loss from surface runoff to improve water quality.  This practice will also provide forest areas for the benefit of wildlife and aquatic environments.

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SL-1       Permanent Vegetative Cover on Cropland

               Description: Grass and/or legume vegetation will be established on cropland with existing cover of less than 60% converting it to pasture or hay land to reduce soil erosion and enhance water  quality.

               Purpose: State cost-share is intended to promote conversion of cropland to fields with a healthy, well maintained sod.

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SL-6        Stream Exclusion with Grazing Land Management

           Description: A structural and/or management practice that will enhance or protect vegetative cover to reduce runoff of sediment and nutrients from existing pastureland and reduce NPS pollution associated with grazing livestock.

                  Purpose:  Provide livestock water systems, fencing and/or a hardened pad for  winter-feeding that will improve water quality by establishing rotational grazing to control erosion and  eliminate direct access to or a direct runoff input to live streams where there is a defined water quality problem.  Stream exclusion fencing is a required component of this practice.  The system receiving cost share should reflect the least cost, technically feasible, environmentally effective approach to resolve the existing water quality problem.

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SL-8B     Small Grain Cover Crop

                Description:  Cost-Share and tax credit are provided to establish vegetative cover on cropland for protection from erosion and the reduction of nutrient losses to groundwater.

                Purpose:  The purpose is to reduce erosion and the leaching of nutrients to ground water.  This  practice is designed to utilize the maximum amount of residual nitrogen from previous surface nutrient applications and in the first three feet of the soil profile.

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SL-8H    Harvestable Cover Crop

                Description:  Tax credits are provided for the establishment of vegetative cover on cropland for protection from raindrop and wind erosion and the reduction of nutrient losses to groundwater.    Alternatively, participants certifying that they do not intend to utilize any available tax credits  may be eligible for cost-share funds.  This cover crop may be harvested after the requirements of this specification have been met.

                Purpose:  The primary purpose is to reduce winter rain and wind generated erosion, a secondary purpose is to reduce the leaching of nutrients to ground water.  This practice is not intended to subsidize winter crop production.

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WP-2     Stream Protection

                Description:  Protection by fencing along all water bodies and streams in a field, to reduce erosion, sedimentation, and the pollution of water from agricultural nonpoint sources.

                Purpose:  The purpose of this practice is to offer an incentive that will change land use or improve management techniques to more effectively control soil erosion, sedimentation, and nutrient loss from surface runoff to improve water quality.

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WP-2A  Streambank Stabilization

                Description:  This practice promotes protection methods along streams that reduce erosion,  sedimentation, and the pollution of water from agricultural nonpoint sources.

                Purpose:  The purpose of this practice is to offer an incentive that will change land use, provide vegetative stabilization or improve management techniques to more effectively control soil erosion, sedimentation and nutrient loss from surface runoff to improve water quality.

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WP-4     Animal Waste Control Facilities

                Description:  A planned system designed to manage liquid and/or solid waste from areas where livestock and poultry are concentrated.  This practice is designed to provide facilities for the storage and handling of livestock and poultry waste and the control of surface runoff water to permit the recycling of animal waste onto the land in a way that will abate pollution that would otherwise result from existing livestock or poultry operations.

                Purpose:  To improve water quality by storing and spreading waste at the proper time, rate and location, and/or to control erosion and nutrient input caused by winter-feeding operations located adjacent to riparian areas.   

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MULTI FLORA ROSE PROGRAM

The Mountain Soil and Water Conservation District is heavily involved in the ad-ministration and coordination of Bath County’s multiflora rose eradication program. During the year 90 landowners were serviced with 2,200 acres of land treated. This resulted in 125 mixes of spray being distributed. The County of Bath purchased 143 (2 oz.) containers of Ally and 71 gallons of Aquagene.

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Below is a picture of a farmer in Highland county using the No Till spreader for alfalfa.

 



tractor with attachment

Following are photos which illustrate some of the practices and  programs the District can provide.

tractor tire water barrel

 The Mountain Soil & Water Conservation District’s newest piece of rental equipment is a GrassWorks Weed Wiper. It helps eliminate noxious weeds fast, effective, and economically. It allows the land-owner to run the specialized synthetic carpet covered steel rotating drum very saturated. Therefore an ample amount of chemical is available to apply to the targeted weeds. With this constant rotation, any drip issues are eliminated. It applies the chemicals to the stems and the underside of the leaves. This is the weakest portion of the plants which provides an excellent kill. With the adjustment height, chemicals are only applied to the targeted weeds and chemicals are not wasted on the desirable crops, grasses, and clovers that the landowner wants to keep. 

12 landowners rented the Weed Wiper this year which resulted in 311 acres being treated. These pictures  show Chris with the weed wiper and the weed wiper in action 

tractor with weed killing attachment
working on the Grass Works Weed Wiper

 MULTI FLORA ROSE PROGRAM

The Mountain Soil and Water Conservation District is heavily involved in the ad-ministration and coordination of Bath County’s multiflora rose eradication program. During the year 90 landowners were serviced with 2,200 acres of land treated. This resulted in 125 mixes of spray being distributed. The County of Bath purchased 143 (2 oz.) containers of Ally and 71 gallons of Aquagene.

POULTRY LITTER SPREADER

The Mountain Soil and Water Conservation District owns three poultry litter spreaders. They are used to help landowners spread their litter more efficiently and therefore help to improve water quality. It gives landowners a better understanding of nutrient management and the importance of following nutrient management plans. The District rents the spreaders out on a daily basis. During the year 80 days were utilized spreading litter and lime (75 days for poultry litter and 5 days of spreading lime.). This resulted in 3,400 acres being applied using "Mini Nutrient Plans"

poultry litter spreader

 During the year, 80 days were utilized spreading litter and lime (75 days for poultry litter and 5 days of spreading lime.). This resulted in 3,400 acres being applied using "Mini Nutrient Plans"