SITE INVESTIGATIONS
Staff is available to meet with landowners to investigate the need for establishment of best management practices (BMP).  These BMP's will address soil and water conservation concerns, such as soil erosion and drainage.  

CONSERVATION FARM PLANNING
Staff is available to work with landowners in developing a total resource conservation plan for your farm.  The planning process takes an inventory of all the resources on your farm and then considers which soil conservation, water quality, wildlife habitat and energy conservation practices would contribute to your farm environmentally and economically.    

FILTER STRIPS
A strip or area of vegetation for removing sediment, organic matter, and other pollutants from runoff and waste water before they reach water bodies or water sources such as wells.  

LIVESTOCK WASTE STORAGE FACILITIES
WASTE STORAGE POND

An impoundment made by excavation or earthfill for temporary storage of animal or other agricultural waste.  The purpose is to store liquid and solid waste, waste water, and polluted runoff to reduce pollution and to protect the environment.

WASTE STORAGE STRUCTURE
A fabricated structure for temporary storage of animal waste or other organic agricultural wastes.  The purpose is to temporarily store liquid or solid wastes as part of a pollution-control or energy-utilization system to conserve nutrients and energy and to protect the environment.   

WETLAND DEVELOPMENT AND RESTORATION
Retaining, creating, or managing wetland habitat for wildlife.
  The purpose is to keep, make, or improve habitat for waterfowl, furbearers, or other wildlife.  Wetlands are marsh type areas with saturated soils and water loving plants.  Wetlands also serve as natural filters for agricultural runoff.  

POND DEVELOPMENT
A pool of water formed by a dam or pit, to supply water for livestock, recreation, wildlife and to control gully erosion.
  

DRAINAGE
SURFACE DRAINAGE - FIELD DITCH
An open drainage ditch constructed to a designed size and grade, to dispose of excess surface or subsurface water, intercept ground water, control ground water levels, provide for leaching of saline or alkali soils, or a combination of these objectives.
An outlet for the open drainage system shall be available, either by gravity flow or by pumping.  The outlet shall provide for the quantity and quality of water to be disposed of, with consideration of possible damages above or below the point of discharge.

WILDLIFE HABITAT DEVELOPMENT
Planting trees, shrubs, and other vegetation to provide food and cover for wildlife.

WOODLAND MANAGEMENT
Improving the quality and quantity of woodland growing stock and maintaining ground cover and liter for soil and water conservation.

EROSION CONTROL PRACTICES
GRASSED WATERWAY 
Shaping and establishing grass in a natural drainageway to prevent gullies from forming.

WASCOB
WASCOB stands for Water and Sediment Control Basin.  A WASCOB is a short earthen dam built across a drainage way that traps sediment and water for a 24 hour period. 

GRADE CONTROL STRUCTURE
An earthen, wooden, concrete, or other structure built across a drainage way to prevent gully erosion.  The structure drops water from one stabilized grade to another and prevents over fall gully's from advancing up slope.

CONSERVATION TILLAGE PRACTICES
Includes no-till, mulch till and ridge till.  Residue management leaves last year's crop residue on the soil surface by limiting tillage.

STREAMBANK STABILIZATION
Stabilizing and protecting banks of streams, lakes, or drainage ditches against erosion by vegetative or structural means.

WINDBREAK ESTABLISHMENT
Multiple rows of trees and shrubs are planted to protect areas from wind and provide food and cover for wildlife.  Windbreaks can be used around field borders, farmsteads, and/or livestock feedlots.

AERIAL PHOTOS
Photo years available for review are 1940, 1949, 1957, 1963, 1973, 1983

FLOOD PLAIN MAPS
FIRM (Flood Insurance Rate Maps)
USGS (United States Geological Survey) 1973
NWI (National Wetland Inventory) Maps - 1995

SOILS INFORMATION
Soils information is available through the Miami County Soil Survey.  The Soil Survey information includes a general soil map, use and management of the soils, descriptions of the soils, formation and classification of the soils, and the general nature of the county.  Individual soil map sheets are available.  Staff is available to provide soils information as documented in the Miami County Soil Survey.

NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT
Applying the correct amount and form of plant nutrients for optimum yield and minimum impact on water quality.

CONSERVATION FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

         USDA COST SHARE PROGRAMS

         NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE

         FARM SERVICE AGENCY

         OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COST SHARE PROGRAMS

         HOUSE BILL 88

         NATUREWORKS