Chowan Basin Soil & Water Conservation District

Current News and Events

America Recycles Day - November 15, 2014

America Recycles day is the only nationally- recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. 

Collection sites will be accepting unwanted electronics like computers, cell phones, DVD players/VCRs and stereos (NO TVS).  Additional items may be collected as well, so check with you local city or county county office for possible collection sites.
100% Cost Share Available for Stream Exclusion with Grazing Land Managment - SL-6

Don't keep “sitting on the fence” about installing fencing to keep your animals out of a stream, pond, or wetland, a new allocation of funding from the Commonwealth of Virginia now allowsChowan Basin Soil and Water Conservation District to fund up to 100 percent of the costs.  The new program covers the total cost for fencing keeping livestock out of streams and the all the eligible cost to install a well (if needed), pipeline and watering troughs.  All practices must be installed to Natural Resources Conservation Service specifications.


These new funds cover the additional 25% not covered by the Virginia Ag BMP Programs 75% cost share and are available on a first come first serve basis until the funds are exhausted.  This program will no doubt be very popular state-wide, so contact Chowan Basin SWCD now to arrange for a farm visit to see if your property qualifies.  Stream fencing helps protect water quality while the installation of a spring or well-fed watering system provides your animals with clean source of drinking water and helps better distribute grazing in your pastures.


If you’ve ever considered protecting your streams and ponds and installing a permanent frost-free watering system, now is the time!

2014 Workshops Announced

Check out the upcoming workshops being offered by Virginia Cooperative Extension and other partner agencies. The events listed are closest to our area.  There may be other dates for the same workshop available in other areas of the state.  If you need more information, please call either your local extension office or us.


November 5 -   Greenhouse Energy (Southern Piedmont AREC) 8:00 - 4:30
November 5 -   Farm RecordKeeping (Southern Piedmond AREC) 10 - 2:00 p.m.
November 12 - Small Farm Family Conference (Hilton garden Inn, Suffolk) $25/40 registration required
November 27 - Bee Keepers Meeting (Greensville/Emporia) 6-8 p.m.