Conservation Cost-Share (Water Quality Incentives)There are many conservation programs available through various federal, state, and local agencies; for many of these programs the District is the first point-of-contact. These programs offer financial incentives in the form of cost share and tax credits for landowners who would like to improve and protect water quality, and maintain agricultural productivity. Technical assistance in the design and installation of all best management practices (BMPs) also is provided to ensure their success.
However, cost share programs are only part of the picture. Effective, long term planning for conservation involves a broader perspective which includes the development of a conservation plan. Conservation planning helps a landowner attain sustainable use and sound management of soil, water, air, plant, and animal resources. Resource professionals with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Virginia Department of Forestry, the Farm Service Agency, and the John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District are available to assist landowners in developing sound conservation plans.
The table outlines these programs and provides the basic criteria for each program. Landowners may utilize these programs as tools in developing a conservation plan for their land.
For more information on conservation planning and cost-share programs in Fauquier County, contact the John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District or NRCS at 540-347-3120, FSA at (540) 347-4402, or Forestry Department at (540) 347-6358.
Conservation Incentive Programs
Please check out the Virginia BMP Cost-Share Program webpage for more information.
Date Last Modified: 09/04/2013