News and Current Opportunities

UPDATE COVID-19 Response: The Piedmont Soil & Water Conservation District is open normal operating hours of Monday-Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm. Because we are co-located with our federal partners and in response to government directives to keep everyone safe, our offices are currently closed to visitorsTo reach us, please call our offices and if you leave a message, someone will return your call.  Our office extensions are listed below.  You can also reach us by email. Many of our office staff are teleworking but we are still able to assist you.  Thank you for your patience during this crisis.

Our office number is (434) 392-3782 with appropriate extensions to follow:

*For Agricultural Cost Share Program questions, contact: Kevin Dunn, ext 116 kdunn@piedmontswcd.org

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Charlie Wootton, ext. 128 cwootton@piedmontswcd.org

*For Septic Program assistance, general information or no-till drill rental, contact: Deanna Fehrer, ext. 108 dfehrer@piedmontswcd.org

*For education programming and resources, contact: Kelly Atkinson, ext. 132 katkinson@piedmontswcd.org

Our operating hours could be subject to change, so please check back often.

Thank you for your patience during this time.


Now Accepting Agriculture Cost-share Applications

The Piedmont Soil and Water Conservation District (PSWCD) is now accepting applications for the agricultural best management practices (BMPs) cost-share program. The cost-share program provides financial incentives, tax credits, and cost-share to agricultural producers who voluntarily install conservation practices on their farm to improve water quality. Agricultural best management practices (BMPs) are measures that farmers can take to not only improve soil and water quality but increase the productivity of their land or farming operation. Benefits include decreased erosion, increased soil organic matter, cleaner streams, and healthier animals. 

New this program year are more options for livestock stream exclusion, including higher cost-share rates and a buffer payment, depending on buffer width (distance of fence from stream.) Livestock exclusion practices that are out of contractual lifespan may now be eligible for cost-share funding to re-enroll. There are also new practices to help with rotational grazing. Other available BMPs include: cover crops, which are planted following harvest and act as an anchor to prevent soil and nutrient runoff ; long term vegetative cover on cropland, in the form of cool-season or warm-season grasses to reduce soil erosion; and nutrient management, which allows a farmer to apply the correct amount of nutrients to a crop to maximize growth while saving on the cost of excess fertilizers that wash into local streams.

Piedmont SWCD serves Amelia, Nottoway, and Prince Edward Counties. To find out more information or to schedule an appointment for staff to make a visit to your farm, contact Charlie Wootton at 434-392-3782 ext. 128 or Kevin Dunn at 434-392-3782 ext. 116.

Click here for the cost-share brochure!

Click the photos below to find out more information!

Septic Tank

Septic Financial Assistance Program

Get up to 50% off the cost of septic pump-outs, repairs, and replacements.

rain garden

Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP)

Receive financial incentives to install landscaping features that help reduce stormwater runoff in your yard.

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Youth Poster Contest Entries now due       April 22, 2020

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Youth Conservation Camp  July 12-18, 2020 

The Piedmont Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring scholarships (valued at $550.00 ea) for two students to attend Youth Conservation Camp (YCC) at  Virginia Tech July 12-18, 2020.

The Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts sponsors the annual camp, now in its 44th year! Students enrolled in grades 9th-12th during the 2019-2020 academic year and residing in Amelia, Nottoway or Prince Edward counties are eligible to attend.  Selected applicants will be notified by April 30th and required to send in a $100.00 deposit which will be refunded after the students return from camp. Transportation to and from camp will be the responsibility of the camper. 

YCC Scholarship applications due April 20, 2020