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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 Natasha Joseph-Wilkerson of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.773.0052 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY22Actual FY23Estimated FY24Target FY25Target FY26
Soil conservation contacts with farmers and landowners to provide technical assistance1,2831,1131,2001,2001,200
Water quality plans completed4396969696
Percent of interagency site visits coordinated within one business day of agricultural complaint100%100%100%100%100%

Program Budget Changes

FY25 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY24 Approved1728030.90
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.147430.00
FY25 Recommended1875460.90