Sources of Conservation Funding

Virginia Best Management Practice: Alternative Watering System (SL-6B)


Program Description:

The purpose of this program is to provide watering facilities for livestock to reduce or eliminate the need for livestock to access streams, which reduces erosion and livestock waste reaching the stream. To supply water, the tax credit is authorized for:

Hardened Watering Area

Hardened Watering Area.
Photo by Piedmont Environmental Council.

  1. Construction or deepening of wells if it is the only technically feasible alternative for a water source
  2. Development of springs or seeps, including fencing of the area where needed, to protect the development from pollution by livestock
  3. Construction or repair of dugouts, dams, pits, or ponds (if the only technically feasible alternative for water source), including fencing of the area where needed, to protect the development from pollution by livestock
  4. Installing pipelines, storage facilities, cisterns, troughs and artificial watersheds
  5. A water supply system can be a portable system to meet the management requirements necessary for systems operation rather than a large number of permanent water facilities
  6. Fencing to exclude livestock from a stream or waterway is eligible for a tax credit as a stand-alone component or in combination with an alternative water system of this best management practice, no minimum setback distance is required, however the fence must be maintained for the life of the practice.

Wells must be provided with pumping equipment (except for artesian wells) and adequate facilities. The tax credit is authorized in connection with wells for pipe installed in the well (including the casing), pumps, pumping equipment, and well houses. The tax credit is not authorized for wells that do not produce water. No tax credit is authorized under the practice for any installation that is:

  1. Primarily for recreation, wildlife, dry lot feeding, barn lots or barns)
  2. To make it possible to graze crop residues, field borders, or temporary or supplemental pasture crops, or
  3. For the purpose of providing water for the farm or ranch headquarters. Wells constructed under this practice must meet appropriate state and local ordinances and permit requirements for wells supplying water to livestock as a minimum.

A portable water supply system is any system or component (i.e., trough, pipe, etc.) that is:

  1. Commercially available or farmer constructed
  2. Large enough to provide a timely and sufficient volume of water for the livestock to be contained in a specific area for which the system is designed
  3. Capable of being maintained in a stable position and protected from any damage while the system or component is in use, and
  4. Capable of being moved in a timely manner from one location to another within the acreage for which the system is designed.

Landowner Eligibility:

All individuals and business entities operating agricultural land within the boundaries of the Commonwealth of Virginia are eligible to participate in the Virginia Agricultural Best Management Practices Cost-Share Program. Applicants shall self certify that they meet the above criteria. Soil & Water Conservation Districts may request that applicants provide proof of agricultural production. To be considered an agricultural producer there must be an annual minimum of $1,000 of agricultural products being produced, sold or both from the applicant's agricultural land (non-industrial private forest lands are exempt from the $1,000 requirement).

Land Eligibility:

State tax credit on this practice is limited to pastureland that borders a live stream or Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act Resource Protection Area as defined by local ordinance.

Contract Length:

Maintained for a minimum of 10 years following the calendar year of installation.

Payment Information:

The tax credit is available for this program. The tax credit rate is 25% of the total eligible cost not to exceed $17,500.00. If a cooperator receives cost-share, only the percent of the total cost of the project that the cooperator contributed is used to determine the tax credit.

Signup Information

Sign-up for this practice is continuous.

Additional Resources

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Virginia farmers, such as the one profiled here, have already benefited from instituting alternative watering techniques.

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The Piedmont Environmental Council has provided this program summary for informational purposes only, accuracy is not guaranteed. Please consult the program's representative or administrator for full project details and requirements and to inquire about the availability of funding.

Program Administrators:

This program is administered by the Department of Conservation and Recreation's Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The contact info for representatives serving Piedmont Environmental Council counties are as follows:

Albemarle County:

Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District
Emily Nelson, Conservation Specialist
706 Forest St, Ste. G
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Phone: 434-975-0224
Fax: 434-975-1367
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Clarke County:

Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District
Pete Benedetto, Senior Conservation Specialist
Phone: 540-465-2424 ext. 111
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Culpeper County:

Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District
David Massie, Conservation Specialist
351 Lakeside Drive Culpeper, VA
Phone: 540-825-8591
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Fauquier County:

John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District
Thomas Turner, Conservation Manager
98 Alexandria Pike- Suite 31,
Warrenton, VA 20186
Phone: 540-347-3120 x 3
Fax: 540-349-0878
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Greene County:

Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District
David Massie, Conservation Specialist
351 Lakeside Drive Culpeper, VA
Phone: 540-825-8591
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Loudoun County:

Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District
Jay Frankenfield, Conservation Specialist
30 Catoctin Circle,
SE Leesburg, VA
Phone: 571-918-4530
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Madison County:

Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District
David Massie, Conservation Specialist
351 Lakeside Drive Culpeper, VA
Phone: 540-825-8591
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Orange County:

Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District
David Massie, Conservation Specialist
351 Lakeside Drive Culpeper, VA
Phone: 540-825-8591
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Rappahannock County:

Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District
David Massie, Conservation Specialist
351 Lakeside Drive Culpeper, VA
Phone: 540-825-8591
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Additional Resources

Find out more about Virginia's Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Virginia farmers, such as the one profiled here, have already benefited from instituting alternative watering techniques.

 

Search for more sources of funding

The Piedmont Environmental Council has provided this program summary for informational purposes only, accuracy is not guaranteed. Please consult the program's representative or administrator for full project details and requirements and to inquire about the availability of funding.

The Piedmont Environmental Council has provided this program summary for informational purposes only, accuracy is not guaranteed. Please consult the program's representative or administrator for full project details and requirements and to inquire about the availability of funding.

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