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Soil & Water Conservation

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Service Changes due to COVID-19

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining an optimal level of service, the Soil and Water Conservation District will remain open during normal business hours. However, all visitors are encouraged to call the office prior to their visit to determine if an in-person visit is necessary, or if the service is available by phone or email- (919) 542-8240. See specific program details below.

Conservation Planning, Nutrient Management Planning and Cost Share Programs:

The Soil and Water Conservation District anticipates limited impact to these services due to the availability of remote communication tools. While in-office consultations will be offered, reviews of farming operations are also available by phone and by desktop. In an effort to limit unnecessary travel and exposure to COVID-19, field visits may limited and will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Soils and Historical Maps:

The Soil and Water Conservation District will continue to provide the Soil and Historical Map services by email or post, dependent on the client providing some basic information.

No-Till Drill Rental:

At this time, No-Till Drill Rental is available by appointment. Please call Kyle Watkins at (919) 545-8353 to schedule your appointment.

Voluntary Ag District:

Voluntary Ag District Applications can be completed and submitted online using this form. If you need assistance, please call Susannah Goldston at (919) 542-8228.

Education Programs:

All upcoming education program events have been postponed or canceled, including Enviorthon. Teachers and teams involved with Envirothon have been notified and are in communication with the Soil and Water Conservation District office. For more information about Programs or events, please call Brenda Williams at (919) 545-8440.

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MISSION: To ensure the wise use of our natural resources, soil, water, air. plants and animals by providing technical and educational services to land users.

 

 

MAJOR PROGRAMS & SERVICES:  

Provides technical assistance on water quality issues related to soil conditions and animal waste;

  • Offers cost-share assistance to the farming community, when funds are available and when the farmers meet conservation and other eligibility criteria;
  • Promotes “Best Management Practices” to enhance and protect water quality; and
  • Offers educational programs on soil and water conservation to the schools and the community.

WHO WE ARE:

Soil & Water Conservation Districts are political subdivisions of state government. There are 96 of them in North Carolina, covering the state’s 100 counties. They approve soil and water conservation plans, identify and plan local resource conservation work and coordinate the conservation efforts of federal and state agencies within the district.

BOARD MEETINGS:

The Chatham Soil and Water Conservation District Board meets every second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in the conference room of the new Agriculture & Conference Center in Pittsboro. This meeting is open to the public. To confirm the meeting or for additional information, please call the office.

DISTRICT PARTNERS:

The districts work closely with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Division of Soil and Water Conservation in the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. NRCS provides soil conservation specialists to help landowners and land users. The division provides financial, technical and administrative support to the districts. Technical assistance can be provided to the landowner in varying capacities based on his/her needs.

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NEW ADDRESS:

Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center

Chatham SWCD
1192 US 64 W. Business
Suite 200
Pittsboro, NC 27312

OFFICE HOURS:

 7:30 am-5 pm Monday-Thursday; 7:30 am-4:30 pm Friday 

PHONE: 919-542-8240

ADMINISTRATOR: Brenda Williams

EMAIL: brenda.williams@chathamnc.org

CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND MEETINGS:   Calendar of Events