We are excited to announce a NEW program to help our equine community and reduce pollution levels in streams and rivers within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The program is funded through a generous grant from a local anonymous donor and the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund (CBRF). The funding supports the development and distribution of outreach and educational resources, technical assistance, and financial incentives to landowners who wish to address water quality concerns related to the management challenges of small-acreage horse farms in our District.
Financial incentives consist of a cost share program modeled after the standard Virginia Agricultural Cost Share Program. Horse farm owners will be eligible for up to 75% of the cost of installing approved conservation practices on their properties. Recipients of funding will be provided a conservation plan, and must follow designs and technical standards provided to them by the TJSWCD. Prior to receiving funds, property owners will sign agreements specifying that they maintain the practices for 5-10 years, depending on the practice(s) installed. The TJSWCD will conduct spot checks throughout the lifespan of the installed practices.
Eligible conservation practices include:
- Manure storage and/or composting facilities
- Sacrifice/ dry lots
- Rotational grazing systems
- Stream exclusion fencing
- Stream crossings
- Alternative water systems
- Vegetative buffers
- Revegetation of pastureland
If you are interested in receiving financial incentive assistance you must fill out and submit the Equine Program Questionnaire and schedule a site visit by January 31, 2019.
Funding for this program is made possible through a generous grant from an anonymous donor.
Educational materials for this program made possible in part by a grant from Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund (CBRF). CBRF provides financial assistance to many Bay-related educational programs and restoration activities through the sale of the special Chesapeake Bay license plate “Friend of the Chesapeake.”
Additional Technical Resources
Virginia Cooperative Extension Publications:
VCE: Common Plants Toxic to Horses
VCE: Horse Manure Management
VCE: Maintaining Healthy Horse Pastures
VCE: VA Horse Pastures Grazing Management