of the Catawba Soil and Water Conservation District is to provide leadership
in formulating a plan of conservation and protection for soil and water
in the county.
of conservation is "protect from loss or waste."
water are two of our most precious natural resources. They are essential
in providing food, clothing and shelter.
the greatest enemy of soil; pollution is the greatest enemy of water.
contains many nutrients necessary for plant growth. Nature replaces it,
but very slowly. It takes an average of 500 years for one inch of topsoil
to form. Unprotected soil erodes at an alarming rate. Uncontrolled water
carries tons of topsoil into nearby streams.
containing pesticides, herbicides and other pollutants, not only clogs
the stream but lowers the water quality as well.
works with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and other agencies
to assist and educate land owners and users in proper use of land relating
to conservation of soil and water.
SWCD Board of Supervisors meets on the first Friday morning of each month
at the district office in the Agricultural Resources Building. All meetings
are open to the public.
services are free of charge.
/ FINANCIAL SERVICES
assistance is provided to individuals, groups, or corporations on soil
and water related concerns. Technical assistance is provided to the farming
community on: cropland management, pasture management, installation of
Best Management Practices (BMP's) to protect soil from eroding and improve
water quality, planning and implementation of practices for compliance
with the Food Security Act, animal waste utilization plans and certification
for compliance with the Division of Water Quality's .0200 regulations.
and financial assistance are available for installing BMP's through the
North Carolina Agriculture Cost Share Program to improve water quality.
The federal Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) provides technical
and financial assistance to landowners to address environmental concerns.
BMP's for each of these programs include: animal waste management systems,
critical area stabilization, diversions, field borders, filter strips,
grassed waterways, stock trails, stream crossings, stripcropping, spring
developments, watering tanks, and fencing streambanks.
waste management systems
- Critical area stabilization
sod seeding of pastures and hayland
and hayland management
water sources for animals
on drainage problems
for grass & ground covers
information and maps
assistance in the development of erosion control plans
for temporary and permanent groundcovers
of subdivision plans for erosion control
information and land use planning
and Important Farmland Maps
County Soil Survey
Plain Management Studies
applications for Voluntary Ag. Districts
with the Catawba County Paddle Trail System
high school student to attend Resource Conservation Workshop at NCSU
education programs and materials
education contests Sponsor
Conservation Field Days
Area Envirothon teams
Provide educational resources and programming
PROVIDES INFORMATION ON:
planning and enhancement