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Program Description

  Soil Conservation

This program is comprised of staff and other resources from federal, state, and local agricultural agencies. It provides technical and outreach educational assistance to farmers/rural landowners for implementing best management and conservation practices. The Montgomery Soil Conservation District (MSCD) assists the County to achieve the nationally mandated, state-assigned, Rural MS4 Permit - Chesapeake Bay Nutrient Diet - Watershed Implementation Program (WIP-III) goals. Failure to achieve the WIP-III goals will likely result in the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) instituting the backstop measure which will negatively impact the County and the agricultural community by denying all permits moving forward, and harming the County's rural economy/infrastructure with increased regulatory requirements.

Program Contacts

Contact Jacqueline Arnold of the Office of Agriculture at 301.590.2859 or Katherine Bryant-Higgins of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2764 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY21Actual FY22Estimated FY23Target FY24Target FY25
Soil conservation contacts with farmers and landowners to provide technical assistance8001,2831,2831,2831,283
Water quality plans completed7243455055
Percent of interagency site visits coordinated within one business day of agricultural complaint100%100%100%100%100%
Pounds of nitrogen reduced through conservation and best management practices20,00031,78423,21323,21323,213

Program Budget Changes

FY24 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY23 Approved2587091.90
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-85906-1.00
FY24 Approved1728030.90