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Inspiring Personal Responsibility for our Environment and Natural Resources.

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!



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

  • 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.
News & Upcoming Events
Click on the orange link below for more info.

  • 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

Interested in Volunteering? Click here!

The District invites you to an evening of exciting presentations led by industry professionals! These presentations will have valuable information for your farm/land. Our programs provide funding and free technical assistance that can help you reach your farm and landowner goals! We also offer programs and information about urban conservation for homeowners.

Farmer and Landowner Outreach Event: Meet and Greet

5th Annual Prince William Native Plant Symposium 2023

Saturday, February 11, 2023  9am-4pm


Featured Agencies include:

  • Virginia State University Small Farm Program

  • Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension

  • NRCS

  • Virginia Department of Forestry

  • Farm Bureau

  • District Staff & Board Members

Event Details (This event is FREE!):

  • 6-8 PM, January 24 at Cedar Run Brewery

  • Email to RSVP by Jan. 20 (not required, but helps with headcount)

  • Refreshments will be provided (if attending in-person)

This event will also broadcast On Zoom. Click here to join the zoom meeting which will start at 6pm on Jan. 24th, 2023. 

It's that time of the year again for our annual Native Plant Symposium! This year we are back in person, but will have virtual options available as well. Our keynote speaker this year is Our Keynote Speaker will be Nancy Lawson, author of “The Humane Gardener.”


Following the Keynote Speaker will be 3 breakout sessions, each with have 5-6 different presentations to choose from. Some of these presentations include:

Hot Topics
  • Herbaceous Perennials for the Suburban Yard

  • Invasive Plant Management

  • Can Insect and Mite Pests be Managed Organically in Landscapes?

  • Garden Maintenance

  • Native Edibles and Medicinal Plants

  • Plant This, Not That

  • Landscape Design (3 part session)

  • and so much more!

To view our flyer, click here. To register or learn more, click here.

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.


Black Vultures

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 ( Questions about this new program should be directed to Chad Fox, coordinator of the USDA-WS Vulture Damage Control Program (540-381-7387 or 


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 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 -

Nicole Slazinski -

Seth Hatfield -

Alex Murphy -

James Mitchell -

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 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:

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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: to start your online identification training!

Please ensure to fill out this registration form: 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
For more information, click here.

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


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

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