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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. The three funding partners (Federal - National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), State - Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA), and County - MSCD) have not allocated sufficient resources including staff to meet these new 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 our County's rural economy/infrastructure.

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.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY19Actual FY20Estimated FY21Target FY22Target FY23
Soil conservation contacts with farmers and landowners to provide technical assistance293349349349349
Water quality plans completed3746464646
Percent of interagency site visits coordinated within one business day of agricultural complaint90%90%90%90%90%
Pounds of nitrogen reduced through conservation and best management practices26,15520,14420,00020,00020,000

Program Budget Changes

FY22 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY21 Approved2493241.90
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-8790.00
FY22 Approved2484451.90