The Alexander Soil & Water Conservation District has received funds to address water quality issues through the North Carolina Agriculture Cost Share Program for the 2021-2022 program year. These program dollars are allocated from the state to address non-point source pollution from agricultural activities.
The funds are available to assist farmers in the installation of conservation practices which help decrease the amount of sediment, animal waste, nutrients, chemicals, and other potential pollutants from entering the surface and ground waters of the state. Landowners and operators that were in agricultural production prior to July 2018 may apply for cost share assistance to install Best Management Practices (BMPs) on their farm.
These BMPs include: sediment & erosion control, streambank stabilization, litter storage structures, poultry composting facilities, livestock exclusion from streams in conjunction with alternative watering systems, stocktrails and heavy-use areas for livestock in confined areas, and other practices that benefit water quality.
The annual sign-up period for the program began on July 1 and applications are being accepted through July 31. At the end of this sign-up period, all applications will be prioritized according to a locally adopted ranking process based on water quality parameters.
The applications providing the most water quality benefits will be approved for funding in priority order. If you have applied in the past and were not funded last year, just call the office and let us know to roll your application over to stay eligible and be considered to receive funds for this year.
For more information, visit the Alexander Soil & Water Conservation District office located in the Alexander County Services Center at 151 West Main Avenue, Taylorsville, NC 28681 or give us a call at (828) 632-0638.[Story courtesy of Rick Gilbert, WACB]