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Cost-Share Programs

Cost-Share Programs offer financial assistance (cost sharing) to install best management practices (BMPs) on agricultural lands based on average cost to improve water quality. Best management practices are methods for reducing soil erosion, which in turn help improve water quality. Best management practices include the following:

Conservation Tillage

A tillage and planting system in which at least 30% of the soil surface is covered by plant residue. Benefits include reduced soil erosion, reduced sedimentation, and reduced pollution from dissolved and sediment-attached substances (e.g., fertilizers).

Cropland Conversion

A BMP method that establishes and maintains a conservation cover of grass, trees, or wildlife plantings on fields previously used for crop production. Benefits include reduced soil erosion, reduced sedimentation, and reduced pollution from dissolved and sediment-attached substances (e.g., fertilizers).

Field Border

A strip of perennial vegetation established at the edge of the field that provides a stabilized outlet for row water, thereby improving water quality. Benefits include reduced soil erosion, reduced sedimentation, and reduced pollution from dissolved and sediment-attached substances (e.g., fertilizers).

Grassed Waterway

A natural or constructed channel that is shaped or graded to required dimensions and established in suitable perennial vegetation for the stable conveyance of runoff to improve water quality. Benefits include reduced soil erosion, reduced sedimentation, and reduced pollution from dissolved and sediment-attached substances (e.g., fertilizers).

Long-Term No-Till

Planting of all crops for 5 consecutive years, with a goal of at least 80% plant residue from preceding crops. Benefits include reduced soil erosion, reduced sedimentation, and reduced pollution from dissolved and sediment-attached substances (e.g., fertilizers).

Sod-Based Rotation

An adapted sequence of crops, grasses, and legumes, or a mixture thereof, established and maintained for a definite number of years as part of a conservation cropping system that is designed to provide adequate organic residue for maintenance or improvement of soil tilth. Benefits include reduced soil erosion, reduced sedimentation, and reduced pollution from dissolved and sediment-attached substances (e.g., fertilizers).

Waste Application System

An environmentally-safe system (such as solid set, dry hydrant, etc.) for the conveyance and distribution of animal waste from waste treatment and storage structures to agricultural fields as part of an irrigation and waste utilization plan.

Water Control Structure

A permanent structure placed in farm canals and ditches to provide control of surface and subsurface drainage. The primary benefit is a reduction in nutrient pollution. Other benefits include reduced sedimentation, reduced pollution from dissolved and sediment-attached substances (e.g., fertilizers), and reduced stormwater surges of fresh water into estuarine areas.

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(910) 253-2830
dept.soilandwater@brunswickcountync.gov
open mon-fri:
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

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