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Allegany Soil Conservation District
11602 Bedford Road, NE • Cumberland, MD 21502 • (301) 777•1747, ext. 3
Fax: 301-777-7632

Email: craig.hartsock@md.nacdnet.net

Welcome to the Allegany Soil Conservation District

The Allegany Soil Conservation District serves one of three mountainous counties in Western Maryland. The narrow mountain ridges, separated by steep valleys, present unique challenges for controlling runoff and erosion. The Allegany Soil Conservation District addresses three major program areas—agriculture, surface mining (coal) and urban development. Once the leading industries in the area, agriculture and surface mining have declined in recent years. Currently, the staffing arrangement can handle these program areas adequately. Conversely, the district's urban program work load has increased steadily. Severe flooding during the past several years has caused the District to focus on stream channel and streambank restoration programs. The district has been successful in acquiring grants from nontraditional sources to implement stream restoration projects in several watersheds, and will continue to seek grant monies to implement additional stream restoration projects over the next several years.

District Priorities and Mission

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  • Complete soil conservation and water quality plans for farms as part of the state's nonpoint-source pollution control goals.

  • Provide timely review and inspection of erosion and sediment control plans and stormwater management plans.

  • Promote the Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share Program and the Maryland Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program to help farmers pay to install BMPs to protect the environment.

  • Implement stream restoration projects in the Braddock Run, Jennings Run and George's Creek watersheds to address aspects of Maryland's Tributary Strategies andthe Clean Water Act.

  • Assist the Maryland Bureau of Mines in implementing erosion and sediment control practices on surface mine sites.

 

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