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St Mary's Soil and Water Conservation

22660 Washington St, Leonardtown, MD, 20650

Phone: 301-475-5856
Fax: 301-475-3620
Category: Soil and Water Conservation
State: Maryland

The Soil and Water Conservation is there to educate residents, land users and businesses on ways to protect our natural resources, promote best management practices and conserve, improve and sustain the environment. conservation services throughout County. The affairs of the District are directed by a board of five supervisors, men and women, who serve without pay and are locally elected.

The District works with local municipalities, homeowner associations and businesses to provide comprehensive irrigation evaluations and water conservation presentations. The evaluation begins with on-site observations and measurements of the system. The information collected is analyzed to identify potential problems with the system design, operation and maintenance.  By measuring the system uniformity, flow rates, pressure and evaluating the soil conditions, we can work with you to solve common problems.

The Soil and Water Resources Conservation Act of 1977, as amended (RCA) provides the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) broad strategic assessment and planning authority for the conservation, protection, and enhancement of soil, water, and related natural resources. Through RCA, USDA:
•    appraises the status and trends of soil, water, and related resources on non-Federal land and assesses their capability to meet present and future demands;
•    evaluates current and needed programs, policies, and authorities; and
•    develops a national soil and water conservation program to give direction to USDA soil and water conservation activities.

The 2011 RCA Appraisal provides an overview of land use and the U.S. agricultural sector; of the status, condition, and trends of natural resources on non-Federal lands; and of USDA’s program for soil and water resources conservation. Looking ahead, it examines interrelated issues that have implications for U.S. agriculture and forestry: climate change, biofuels production, and the quality and availability of water.

The Districts do not levy taxes or issue bonds or have the means to enforce land use laws. The District works with local businesses and agencies to provide