Best Management Practices (BMP’s) for Improved Water Quality.
There are many cost-share programs available through your local Soil and Water Conservation District to help offset the cost of installing “best management practices” which help to preserve land and soil condition, water quality and wildlife habitats. Whether you are farmer or have a suburban property there are programs through the Virginia Agricultural Cost Share Program (VACS) and the Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP) to help. Here are a few things that you can do to help improve water quality.
- Fencing out/exclusion for cattle
- Install water systems for livestock
- Riparian Buffer Tree Planting
- Livestock Grazing Rotation
- Crop Rotation
- Septic System repair/renew
- Install rain garden
- follow guidelines for Greening through your HOA
For the Goose Creek watershed contact the John Marshall Soil & Water Conservation District (JMSWCD) in Fauquier County and the Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District in Loudoun County (LSWCD). There are also additional programs available for reforestation through the Department of Forestry and for septic issues through the Virginia Department of Health.
Not sure where to start, call us at (540) 687-3073 and we can help direct you to the correct program.
COST SHARE PROGRAMS
Loudoun SWCD – 571-918-4530
Suzanne Brown District Op Mgr.
Fauquier – John Marshall SWCD
Virginia DEQ – 804-698-4133
Virginia DCR – 804-786-6124
Virginia DOF – 434-977-2369
Loudoun VDH – 703-777-0234
Fauquier VDH – 540-347-6363