Service Area Located along the northern reaches of the Chesapeake Bay, the Harford Soil Conservation District serves a diverse area extending from the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in the south, through the burgeoning I-95 corridor, to a concentrated farming community in the north.
Developing Soil Conservation and Water Quality Plans (SCWQPs) for county farms--with special emphasis on the Deer Creek Priority Watershed--is a key function of the district's technical staff. The district aims to develop a plan for each of the county's more than 500 farming operations.
Conservation Choices for Maryland Farmers:
A guide to Best Management Practices for farms in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, coastal zone and western regions.
The Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share (MACS):
The Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share (MACS) Program provides farmers with grants to cover up to 87.5 percent of the cost to install conservation measures known as best management practices on their farms to prevent soil erosion, manage nutrients and safeguard water quality in streams, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay.
On the urban front, the district is responsible for reviewing erosion and sediment control plans required for all development projects now underway in the county. During the past several years, the district's workload has increased dramatically--staffers currently review between 30 and 40 sediment control plans each month. The district is also developing a broad-based educational outreach program to promote the wise use of our natural resources through a variety of programs.
Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plan Review Fees Voucher