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