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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 which is required 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 Derrick Harrigan of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2759 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY20Actual FY21Estimated FY22Target FY23Target FY24
Soil conservation contacts with farmers and landowners to provide technical assistance349800800800800
Water quality plans completed4672727272
Percent of interagency site visits coordinated within one business day of agricultural complaint90%100%100%100%100%
Pounds of nitrogen reduced through conservation and best management practices 120,14420,00020,00020,00020,000
1  The OAG is still awaiting the final approved actual for FY21.

Program Budget Changes

FY23 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY22 Approved2484451.90
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.102640.00
FY23 Approved2587091.90