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Howard Soil Conservation District

The aim of the Mary­land soil con­ser­va­tion dis­tricts is to enhance farm­ing oper­a­tions while help­ing to con­serve our valu­able soil and clean water. They also assist both agri­cul­tural and res­i­den­tial prop­erty own­ers to learn about and install best man­age­ment prac­tices that pro­tect water qual­ity. The soil con­ser­va­tion dis­tricts are not reg­u­la­tory agen­cies. One key issue that unites all of the dis­tricts is work­ing with their many part­ners in improv­ing the health and well-being of our great regional nat­ural resource, the Chesa­peake Bay.


  • Con­ser­va­tion Prac­tices — The Howard Soil Con­ser­va­tion District’s (HSCD) staff of trained spe­cial­ists helps landown­ers make wise land use deci­sions for their prop­er­ties. Cost shar­ing assis­tance from fed­eral, state and/or local sources may be avail­able for con­ser­va­tion prac­tices that con­trol ero­sion and improve water qual­ity.
    HSCD is autho­rized to review sed­i­ment and ero­sion con­trol plans and small pond designs for all pro­posed devel­op­ments. Trained spe­cial­ists and engi­neers actively par­tic­i­pâté on Howard County’s weekly sub­di­vi­sion Review Com­mit­tee with other state and county agencies.
  • Tech­ni­cal Assis­tance — Tech­ni­cal experts pro­vide direct one-on-one assis­tance to home­own­ers, com­mu­nity asso­ci­a­tions and county depart­ments with nat­ural resource prob­lems and ques­tions. The HSCD is uniquely posi­tioned to call on the exper­tise of coop­er­at­ing state and fed­eral agen­cies in address­ing nat­ural resource issues.
  • Envi­rothon — HSCD spon­sors the Howard County Envi­rothon. The Envi­rothon is a nation­ally rec­og­nized event that brings stu­dents together to learn and work as a team on envi­ron­men­tal issue prob­lem solv­ing. The Envi­rothon gives the county’s youth an oppor­tu­nity to learn about and explore the envi­ron­ment around them and how they impact it. The Howard Soil Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict con­ducts a Junior Envi­rothon and a Senior Envi­rothon each year. Win­ners of the Senior Envi­rothon may com­pete in Statewide and National com­pe­ti­tions with teams from across the nation.
  • Rain Bar­rels — HSCD sells assem­bled rain bar­rels to the pub­lic. Please call to find out more.

HSCD con­ducts out­reach activ­i­ties, such as hav­ing a booth at the County Fair. Vol­un­teers would be wel­come for this type of activity.

David Plum­mer, Dis­trict Man­ager


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