Sources of Conservation Funding

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Virginia Best Management Practice: Continuing Conservation Initiative - Herbaceous Riparian Buffer

The purpose of the Continuing Conservation initiative for herbaceous riparian buffers is to offer a financial incentive to maintain the established buffers adjacent to waterways for an additional five years past the original practice lifespan. 

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Virginia Best Management Practice: Continuing Conservation Initiative - Stream Exclusion (CCI-SE-1)

This program provides an incentive to maintain fences that exclude livestock, maintain land use change, and improve management techniques to more effectively control soil erosion, sedimentation and nutrient loss from surface runoff.

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Virginia Best Management Practice: Continuous No-till Forage Production System (SL-15B)

The purpose of this program is to reduce erosion by minimizing tillage of soils on cropland. This will improve soil quality by recognizing nutrient management indicators that manage the movement of nitrogen, phosphorous, sediments and runoff. 

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Virginia Best Management Practice: Continuous No-Till System (SL-15A)

The purpose of this best management practice is to encourage the conversion of minimum and conventional tillage fields into a continuous no-till system. 

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Virginia Best Management Practice: Cost-share Program Support for Extension of CREP Watering Systems (SL-7)

The purpose of this best management practice is to provide additional funding to Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) projects to encourage full enrollment in the Chesapeake Bay CREP. 

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Virginia Best Management Practice: Diversions (SL-5)

The purpose of this best management practice program is to improve water quality by directing nutrient and sediment-laden water from large areas to sites where it can be used or disposed of safely. 

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Virginia Best Management Practice: Farm Road or Heavy Traffic Animal Travel Lane Stabilization (SL-11B)

The purpose of this best management practice is to protect or maintain water quality by stabilizing travel ways used by farm equipment and/or livestock. 

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Virginia Best Management Practice: Fescue Conversion (WL-3)

This practice aims to convert hay and pasture lands from fescue to native warm season grasses. These grasses require less fertilizer, filter water much deeper and provide numerous wildlife species with better coverage than fescue. Summer grazing and haying on these lands is allowed but must leave a stubble height at least 10". Currently only available in the six target SWCD areas.

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Virginia Best Management Practice: Field Borders (WL-1)

The purpose of this practice is to establish field borders adjacaent to early succession wildlife habitat, in order to ease field transitions to other land uses. Borders must be a minimum of 35' to a maximum 120' wide. Currently only available in the six target SWCD areas.

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Virginia Best Management Practice: Fuel Storage Treatment (WQ-8)

The purpose of this practice is to improve water quality by removing leaky or possible leaky fuel storage tanks with contaminated soil and replacing it with above ground storage including the proper spill and rupture containment facility. 

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Read interviews with Piedmont farmers who have helped improve water quality by integrating Best Management Practices into their land and farm management. 

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