Sources of Conservation Funding

Sources of Conservation Funding

Whether your land includes streams, forests, or is used for agricultural purposes, there is likely a program that could aid your efforts to protect the ecological and open space values of your property. The programs listed in this database provide cost-sharing and low-cost loan assistance for on-the-ground conservation measures, or they benefit landowners through reduced taxes and tax credits.

This program helps minimize the amount of nitrogen lost through leaching and run-off, thus assisting in keeping our waterways free of run-off. 

The intent of this practice is to prevent manure and sediment runoff from a heavy use area and pastures from entering watercourses and to capture a portion of the manure as a resource for other uses such as fertilizer. 

This practice will provide an incentive to keep a cover on cropland, which will help prevent the loss of nutrients. The purpose is to reduce erosion and the leaching of nutrients to ground water. 

The intent of this practice is to maintain sod waterways which improve water quality by reducing the movement of sediment and nutrients from agricultural non-point sources. 

The purpose of this practice is to improve water quality by avoiding the application of excess nutrients while achieving optimum plant or crop production. 

The purpose of this best management practice is to improve water quality by reducing the amount of channel erosion during storm events. 

The purpose of this program is to improve water quality by reducing erosion by stabilizing stream channels. Stabilizing the stream channel with the use of none erodible material and/or structures that will prevent the stream channel from eroding. 

The purpose of this program is to improve water quality by controlling bank and streambed erosion and reducing sediment by providing a controlled crossing and/or access to streams. 

The purpose of this program is to 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.

The purpose of this program is protection of waterways by fencing along streams to reduce erosion, sedimentations, and the pollution of water from agricultural nonpoint sources. 

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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.

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