Daphne W. Jamison was recently reappointed by Governor Bob McDonnell to serve on the Virginia Soil & Water Conservtion Board. The Virginia Soil & Water Conservation Board (VASWCB) works with the Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) to guide the delivery of soil and water conservation services to citizens of the Commonwealth. The Board’s repsonsibilities include: oversight and support of Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Districts regarding non-point source pollution control programs, including Resource Management Plans and oversight of dam safety and floodplain management regulations. Mrs. Jamison is a retired teacher with Roanoke County Schools, serves in Franklin County as Chairperson of the Blue Ridge Soil & Water Conservation District and resides in Wirtz with her husband Ron.
The Pigg River Ag TMDL program continues to offer financial incentives to farmers in the Pigg River watershed for conservation practices that help reduce bacterial pollution from livestock while providing agronomic benefits to the farming operation. Rules for the upcoming 2013-2014 program year have been changed from previous years to allow grazing systems to be paid up to 100% of total eligible cost as long as streams are excluded at a 35 foot buffer. Rates for other practices range from 50-80% depending on the specific practice with up to 25% tax credit available on eligible out of pocket costs. In some cases additional funds from other sources may also be available. For more information on the Pigg River AG TMDL program, please contact Michael Tabor, TMDL Conservation Technician at (540) 483-5341 ext. 122. At the present time, funding is expected to continue from July 1, 2013 until June 30, 2014.
The Blue Ridge Soil & Water Conservation District is currently accepting applications for assistance with installation of agricultural best management practices that are designed to conserve soil and protect water quality.
July 1, 2013 began our new fiscal year and agriculture producers who are considering signing up for assistance this year are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. All practices must be signed-up prior to implementation and are subject to prioritized ranking for approval. Cover Crop applications must be submitted no later than Monday, September 13, 2013. Many of the eligible conservation practices can be combined with other conservation programs offered by USDA. If cost-share is still available after this first sign-up round, a second sign-up round of cost-share may be offered at a later date. The 2013-2014 Agriculture cost-share allocation has been revised to include 100% Cost share for Grazing Land Protection (SL-6); however, please note that this is not a comprehensive listing of available practices:
• Reforestation of Erodible Crop & Pasture Land (FR-1)
• Grazing Land Protection -SL-6 (stream exclusion, water fountains, well, pipeline and fencing)
• Grazing Land Management (SL-9)
• Harvestable Cover Crop, SL-8H: ($25/acre and requires a Nutrient Management Plan)
• Non-Harvestable Cover Crop, SL-8B: ($25-$60/acre and requires a Nutrient Management Plan).
• Continuous No-Till, SL-15A, SL-15B & LT-CNT
• Nutrient management (certain practices), NM-3, NM-3B, NM-4 & NM-1A
• Riparian Vegetative Buffers, FR-3, WQ-1 & SL-7
For more information regarding water quality and erosion control best management practices, please contact P.W. Morgan (Senior Conservation Specialist) at (540) 483-5269 ext. 115.
Date: October 7, 2013 (Monday)
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: The Franklin Center (50 Claiborne Avenue, Rocky Mount VA 24151)
DOES YOUR WATER COME FROM A WELL, SPRING OR CISTERN?
DO YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE QUALITY OF YOUR WATER?
DO YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE QUALITY OF YOUR WATER FOR FAMILY AND ANIMAL HEALTH?
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED-SPACE IS LIMITED TO 150 SAMPLE KITS
REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 25, 2013 (WEDNESDAY)
Find out how it works and who to contact by opening this link: 2013 Well Water Clinic
Wanted: 2013 Poster Contest Submissions for Franklin, Henry, Roanoke Counties and the City of Roanoke
Deadline to submit your entries to the Blue Ridge SWCD is October 4, 2013!
The annual Conservation Poster Contest provides kindergarten through twelfth grade students an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues through art. It also highlights the educational outreach efforts of conservation districts and their state conservation associations, auxiliaries and agencies. The poster contest theme follows the annual NACD Stewardship theme.
Each year, the poster contest starts at the district level. The Blue Ridge Soil & Water Conservation District includes Franklin, Henry & Roanoke Counties and the City of Roanoke. Individuals and teachers with questions regarding district contests should contact their local district. To locate your local district search the online SWCD Directory or contact the VASWCD (www.vaswcd.org >Education>Poster Contest). District winners advance to the state level. Local SWCDs forward their local winning poster entries to the VASWCD office for consideration at the state level. The Blue Ridge SWCD will submit its’ poster winners to the VASWCD for consideration no later than October 25, 2013. Finally, state winners advance to the National Contest. National winnersPrizes
State winners receive recognition and a prize from the VASWCD. The top two posters in each category of the national contest will receive monetary prizes. First place winners will receive $100 and second place winners will receive $75. Prizes at the national level are sponsored by the NACD Auxiliary and are recognized each year at the NACD Annual Meeting.
Please complete the Blue Ridge SWCD Entry form for each poster being entered into this contest 2013 NACD-VASWCD Poster Contest -Local Entry Form. The contest is open to public, private or home school students, girl scout/boy scout troops, etc.
Review this link for 2013 Poster Contest Rules and resources: 2013_NACD_Poster_Contest_Rules_Resources
Effective July 1, 2013, DEQ is the lead agency for developing and implementing statewide nonpoint source pollution control programs to protect the Commonwealth’s water quality and quantity.
Nonpoint source pollution is water pollution caused by stormwater runoff that is not confined to a single source, such as a wastewater treatment plant or industrial discharge pipe. One of the main ways of controlling nonpoint source pollution is through stormwater management, which includes erosion and sediment control.
Stormwater runoff is water flowing overland into surface waters or water that is channeled into natural or constructed conveyance systems during and after precipitation. Unmanaged stormwater can cause erosion and flooding. It can also carry excess nutrients, sediment and other contaminants into our waters. Properly managed stormwater protects land and streams from erosion, flooding and pollutants.
A permit may be required to discharge stormwater from a construction activity. Such a permit also may be required to discharge stormwater through a conveyance system owned or operated by a government entity. DEQ administers these permits under Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) regulations, authorized by the Virginia Stormwater Management Act. (§ 10.1-603.1 et seq) or (PDF).
For more information visit:http://www.deq.virginia.gov/