Inspiring Personal Responsibility for our Environment and Natural Resources.

Flood Protection Master Plan Outreach Survey

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is working on a Virginia Flood Protection Master Plan, and needs your input!

To give your input, please complete one or both surveys:

For more information, click here.

Is This a District Question?

We get lots of questions every day and we want to make sure you are guided in the right direction!

  • For services the District provides, click here. This will tell you who from District staff can help you out!

  • For services the District does not provide, click here. If your question is not on the list, contact any of us and we'll do our best to help!

  • Got questions, but not in Prince William County (or City of Manassas)? Click here for information on how to contact your local soil & water conservation district!

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The Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District (PWSWCD or District) is focused on protecting and enhancing our water and soil resources by providing leadership in the conservation of soil, water, and related resources to all Prince William County citizens through technical assistance, information, and education.

Services

  • Free Technical Assistance for Traditional Ag. and Horse Farms

  • Conservation Plans

  • Nutrient Management Plans

  • Soil Sampling

  • State Cost-Share/ Tax-Credit Programs

  • Conservation Capsules (Classroom Education)

  • Farm Field Days

  • Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE)

  • Arbor Day

  • Adopt-A-Stream

  • Water Quality Monitoring

  • Chemical Monitoring

  • Floatables Monitoring

  • Plastic Pollution

  • Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP)

  • Gardener's Gold

  • Pollinators Corner

Want to show support for water quality projects? Then check out the Chesapeake Bay License Plate! Click here for an application.
 

Farm Field Days is back! It will be held on October 12 (Wednesday) and October 13 (Thursday) at the Prince William County Fairgrounds.

If you want to volunteer, please fill out the registration form. This form is very important for us as we have so many wonderful volunteers and want to make sure everyone is accommodated! Thank you in advance!

Farm Field Days 2022

 

Ag-Tech Field Day

Wednesday, November 16, 2022    10:00am - 3:00pm

Middleburg Agriculture Research & Extension Center (MAREC)

5527 Sullivans Mill Road, Middleburg, VA

 

For horse owners, livestock producers, row crop farmers, agricultural stakeholders, and learners of all ages!

See the latest available digital tools, apps,& services available to horse owners, livestock producers, & row crop farmers.

Have the opportunity to speak with technology industry representatives, extension agents, university faculty & administrators, local farm/stable owners, county government leaders, and elected officials.

For more information, click here!

 
Hot Topics & Upcoming Events
  • Farm Field Days is Back! Farm Field Days 2022 will be on Oct. 12 and Oct. 13th. Volunteer Registration is now open!
     

  • Ag-Tech Field Day: Nov. 16, 2022 10-3 Click here for more information!
     

  • Avian Influenza: Click here for an important message from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
     

  • Algae Blooms and Water Quality:

  • Click here to learn about cyanobacteria in freshwater and its effects on human health

News
Click on the orange link below for more info.


Interested in Volunteering? Click here!

 

National Earth Team Award

The Conservation District's amazing Water Quality Team are the winners for the National Earth Team Award from NRCS/USDA!

This award recognizes an outstanding volunteer group that has furthered the mission and expanded Natural Resources and Conservation services.

"Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!'"

Click here to view the ceremony! (*Click “watch on web instead” and “join anonymously” to view)

Adopt-a-Stream Site Locator

Are you inspired to make a difference in your community? Locate any site (point) on this map or propose any waterway/body close to home and contact waterquality@pwswcd.org for more information.


Together, we can promote clean waterways in Prince William County!

 
 

Virginia Agriculture Cost Share (VACS)

Cost Share funding is available from the District! These funds provide financial assistance for agricultural landowners and operators to implement best management practices on their properties in order to improve soil and water quality. If you have a natural resources concern on your farm, now is the time to talk with district staff about developing a plan to address these concerns! We can provide cost-share funding for practices to help:​

  • decrease soil erosion on crop and pasture land

  • exclude livestock from waterways

  • implement nutrient management plans

  • adopt new precision nutrient application technology

  • establish tree plantings or vegetated buffers along streams

  • plant cover crops

  • construct manure storage or chemical storage facilities

  • construct feed lots/sacrifice areas

  • continue to practice no-till planting

 

In order to qualify for cost-share, your farm must meet the following:

  • Property has/had a water quality concern (e.g. livestock has/had access to a waterway, manure is washing into a waterway, there are no cover crops when main crops aren’t growing)

  • Property must have at least 5 consecutive acres

  • Property has been in agriculture production for the past 3 years

  • Property has produced at least $1,000 worth of agriculture products/year (agriculture products include crops, hay, and livestock, such as cattle, equine, sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas, etc. Horses solely for personal use are not considered as agriculture products.)

  • Property is located in Prince William County (if your farm is outside Prince William County, contact your local soil and water conservation district; to find your district, click here.)

If you feel you have a need to implement these practices on your farm, or have any questions about the cost-share program, please contact us:

(571) 379-7514

Duane Mohr - duanemohr@pwswcd.org

Nicole Slazinski - nicoleethier@pwswcd.org

Seth Hatfield - sethhatfield@pwswcd.org

Alex Murphy - alexmurphy@pwswcd.org

James Mitchell - jamesmitchell@pwswcd.org

Want to learn more? Then go to our cost-share page!

Horse grazing in a field
Alternative watering source (ball water trough)
Stream crossing

Tax Credit Updates

The state has made some significant changes to the tax-credit program available for the purchase and installation of conservation tillage and precision agriculture equipment and for our cost-share practices.

For more information on these changes, please watch this video (~38 minutes). If you have any questions, please contact us at 571-379-7514 or e-mail nicoleethier@pwswcd.org. Please note that the Soil and Water Conservation District cannot provide any tax advise, but we can assist you with the program and answer any questions you have on the program.

 
 

Market Maker from Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE)

As more and more people want to buy their food fresh and locally, Market Maker is an upcoming way to connect farmers with their customers. Market Maker is an online portal where customers can search for farms, farmer's markets, specific agriculture products, etc. that are near by. Farms can also sign up on the portal so customers can better find them. Market Maker is free for both farmers and customers.

For more information on Market Maker, go to: https://ext.vt.edu/agriculture/market-maker.html.

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Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD) Education Videos

Being unable to hold public events at this time, the VASWCD has compiled a YouTube channel for kids and adults containing videos across the state on a wide variety of topics including Agriculture Best Management Practices, Watersheds, Septic Systems, Soils, and more!

Check out their channel by clicking here!

Did you know we also have a YouTube channel? Check out our channel by clicking here! (New videos recently added!)

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Become a Certified Water Quality monitors in Biological Monitoring!

Are you interested in becoming a Certified Water Quality monitors in Biological Monitoring? If so, visit: https://www.iwla.org/water/stream-monitoring/upcoming-water-monitoring-workshops/online-certification to start your online identification training!

Please ensure to fill out this registration form: https://forms.gle/NRir3RFUiX1pDkNK6 so that the Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA) can follow-up on your progress. 
After your online training, please e-mail Veronica Tangiri to start on Part II: Field Practical Test and complete certification.

 

 

Nutrient Management: An Important Message for Producers

The 2025 Chesapeake Bay cleanup goals are here, and we need every farmer's help! We need documentation of implementation of every nutrient management plan in Prince William County. Here's what you can do to help:

  • Work with your nutrient management planner to develop a plan that can be implemented easily

  • Keep application and yield records

  • Put in place a record-keeping system so you can justify application and yield data.This must include required elements such as dates, field locations, loads, bales, bushels, gallons of manure, tons of litter, etc.

  • Share this record-keeping system with your planner.

  • Update your plan as changes occur on the farm.

  • Be prepared at the end of the growing season to evaluate how well you were able to follow your plan.

 

If you have questions, please contact your nutrient management planner:

(571) 379-7514

You can also call the DCR Warrenton Regional Office at 540-351-1501 or
540-351-1570. 
For more information, click here.

Below are some record-keeping sheets to further assist you:

Calendar

The Board meets monthly at Virginia Cooperative Extension - Prince William office, 8033 Ashton Avenue, Manassas. Citizens may have a voice in local natural resources issues by attending these meetings and taking part in District programs.

To view the calendar, click here.

For a .pdf version of our calendar, please click here (updated 4/28/2022)

TRC = Technical Review Committee (reviews conservation plans, cost-share practices, VCAP, etc.)    BOD = Board