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Program Description

  Soil Conservation

The Montgomery Soil Conservation District (MSCD) is a political subdivision of the State staffed by County, State, and Federal employees. Staff members assist farmers and agricultural landowners with resource concerns on their land. The mission of the Soil Conservation District is to improve the quality of the air, soil, water and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay watershed by providing technical assistance to rural landowners with conservation planning, the protection of resources through the implementation of best management practices and conservation education outreach. The District also assists local stake holders to achieve State mandated nutrient reduction goals for agricultural land as part of the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). The technical assistance provided by the District is accomplished through a variety of Federal, State, and local cost-share programs that help fund projects to prevent soil erosion, improve water quality ,and fund District operations. The MSCD participates in education and outreach programs throughout the year for elementary school students, local farmers ,and landowners. The MSCD receives funding from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) through the Water Quality Protection Charge. This funding is used to implement conservation practices required to meet Montgomery County's Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP), which is the rural equivalent to the County's MS4 Permit for the urban area.

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Program Contacts

Contact Jeremy Criss of the Office of Agriculture at 240-590-2830 or Jane Mukira of the Office of Management and Budget at 240-777-2754 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Program Budget Changes

FY20 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY19 Approved2322451.90
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.63170.00
FY20 Approved2385621.90