Soil Conservation and Water Quality Plan (SCWQP)


Purpose/Function:

SCWQPs include management practices such as crop rotations and structural practices such as sediment basins and grade stabilization structures. Also, included in a SCWQP are recommendations concerning forestry management, wildlife habitat and plantings, pond construction and management, and other natural resource management recommendations. The practices are designed to control erosion within acceptable levels and to be compatible with management and cropping systems. 

Initiation protocol:

Contact the local Soil Conservation District or University of Maryland Extension for assistance.

Implementation Factors (level of difficulty):

Easy and FREE!

Funding Sources / Options:

One hundred percent of funding can be obtained from the Maryland Department of Agriculture and the Soil Conservation Districts, specifically Maryland Agricultural Cost-Share (MACS) Program and federal Farm Bill programs.

Costs:

Costs estimated as $ per acre of practice installed. 

Cost Estimates EPA MDA Average
Initial $- $450 $450
Annual $15 $- $15
Lifespan (yrs) 1 10
Annualized $15 $45 $30

Note:  MDA costs take into consideration the cost of staff time and resources to develop the plans; there is no cost to the farmer to develop a plan.

Load Reduction Efficiency:

Average Total Nitrogen removed per acre of practice per year

Low

0.29 lbs.

Medium

0.40 lbs.

High

1.03 lbs.

Cost per pound removed = between $44 and $155

Average Total Phosphorous removed per acre of practice per year

Low

0.03 lbs.

Medium

0.07 lbs.

High

0.19 lbs.

Cost per pound removed = between $237 and $1,500

Average Total Suspended Solids removed per acre of practice per year

Low

8 lbs.

Medium

29 lbs.

High

133 lbs.

Cost per pound removed = between $0.34 and $5.63

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