TJSWCD has established a program to provide technical assistance and financial incentives to landowners who wish to address water quality concerns related to the management challenges of small acreage horse farms within the TJSWCD. This program will work to not only reduce pollution levels in streams and rivers with the Chesapeake Bay Watershed but to also provide horse-specific educational resources and activities to landowners.
Financial incentives will 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
Applications are now being accepted for this program through February 28, 2019. If you are interested in applying, please call Lisa Hyatt, Program Coordinator, at 434-975-0224 Ext 110.
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.”