Inspiring Personal Responsibility for our Environment and Natural Resources.
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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!
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.
Free Technical Assistance for Traditional Ag. and Horse Farms
Nutrient Management Plans
State Cost-Share/ Tax-Credit Programs
Conservation Capsules (Classroom Education)
Farm Field Days
Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE)
Water Quality Monitoring
Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP)
Want to show support for water quality projects? Then check out the Chesapeake Bay License Plate! Click here for an application.
Latest Newsletter - Winter 2022/2023
Annual Report for FY 2022:
July 1, 2021- June 30, 2022
Calendar: Board Dates and Upcoming Events
It's an Election Year!: Learn more about the people running for our Soil and Water Board! Click here for more info.! (article provided from the Prince William Times)
How to Protect Livestock from Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs): Important information from USDA.
Avian Influenza: Click here for the latest information from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (posted February 16, 2023; no further updates as of May 18, 2023)
News & Upcoming Events
Click on the orange link below for more info.
The District Gets A Water Quality Education Outreach Sculpture: This sculpture is completely made out of items that would have been thrown away!
Ecological Society of America’s 2023 Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award: Our very own Veronica Manka'a Tangiri has been selected to receive this honorable award!
Black Vultures: Regulations on Black Vulture Control
2022 Earth Team National Award: Our Water Quality Team won this national award!
Adopt-A-Stream Site Locator: Find a spot to adopt! Let's continue to beautify Prince William County!
Agriculture Cost Share
Program Year 2023 now open!
Tax Credit: Updates
Market Maker: Connect with your customers!
VASWCD YouTube: Check out these educational YouTube videos
Become a Certified Water Quality monitors in Biological Monitoring!: Online training available
Nutrient Management: A Message for Producers: Important info. on protecting the Chesapeake Bay
Algae Blooms and Water Quality:
Click here to learn about cyanobacteria in freshwater and its effects on human health
Interested in Volunteering? Click here!
This recycled piece of art is made from reused materials and debris collected from Prince William County's local waterways and other items that would have gone into our landfills. This sculpture was made by ReUPit.
Huge thanks to the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for supporting this project.
For more pictures and videos, click here!
For a video of the premier of our Water Quality Education Outreach sculpture, go to https://youtu.be/LuPZbjA96Dc.
The Conservation District Gets A Water Quality Education Outreach Sculpture!
Promoting Clean Water Awareness and Plastic Pollution in PWC Waterways
Ecological Society of America’s 2023 Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award
Our very own Veronica Manka’a Tangiri has been selected to receive the Ecological Society of America’s 2023 Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award! This award is offered to graduate students throughout the country.
Information provided from ESA's website:
The Ecological Society of America (ESA) offers this award each year to give graduate students hands-on training and science policy experience. Award recipients will receive communications training and learn about the federal budget and appropriations process. They will then meet with congressional decision-makers to discuss federal support of research and education in the biological sciences.
“Advocating for sustained science funding and establishing connections with legislators is an invaluable experience when laying the groundwork for a meaningful career at the science–policy interface,” said ESA President Sharon Collinge. “Many of our former award recipients have launched impressive careers in public policy, and it will be exciting to see what this year’s cohort sets out to accomplish after their experience on the Hill.”
For more information on this award, click here! Congratulations, Veronica! :)
New Regulations on Black Vulture Control
New regulations have come into play that may allow a producer who currently is suffering the effects of depredation caused by Black Vultures to kill up to 5 Black Vultures per year. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) and the Virginia Office of USDA-Wildlife Services have secured a process (with approval from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency that holds ultimate regulatory authority) by which affected producers can acquire a sub-permit that allows for this lethal take.
For additional details, visit the VDACS website at Black Vulture Depredation and Control (virginia.gov). Questions about this new program should be directed to Chad Fox, coordinator of the USDA-WS Vulture Damage Control Program (540-381-7387 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
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
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:
Duane Mohr - email@example.com
Nicole Slazinski - firstname.lastname@example.org
Seth Hatfield - email@example.com
Alex Murphy - firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. 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.
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!)
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:
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:
Nutrient Management Records (All of the records above combined)
The Board meets monthly at Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc. (WSSI), 5300 Wellington Branch Dr #100, Gainesville, VA 20155. Citizens may have a voice in local natural resources issues by attending these meetings and taking part in District programs.
The Technical Review Committee also meets monthly at the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office, 8033 Ashton Ave, Manassas, VA 20109 in Conference Room D.
To view the calendar, click here.
For a .pdf version of our calendar, please click here (updated 4/18/2023)
TRC = Technical Review Committee (reviews conservation plans, cost-share practices, VCAP, etc.) BOD = Board