Crabs & Conservation
Sussex Conservation District (SCD) recently held the fourth Crabs & Conservation on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, at the SCD equipment shop in Georgetown, Del. The event brings local legislators, agency representatives, farmer, tax ditch managers, board members and staff together to celebrate conservation in Sussex County over fresh steamed blue crabs.
“They can sit across the table from one another, pick crabs, and have a conversation about the work they’re doing in the field and what the support from our elected officials means,” said David Baird, district coordinator at SCD.
“We also have a great partnership with our county, state and federal government, that helps support voluntary conservation here in Sussex County,” Baird continued.
SCD implements conservation practices through the agriculture, stormwater and heavy equipment programs.
• 80,801 acres of cover crops were planted, exceeding the 75,000 acre goal; cover crops are planted on approximately 25 percent of cropland in Sussex County.
• SCD worked with the state and DNREC to complete over 25 Resource Conservation & Development projects totaling more than $1.5 million. Additionally, SCD was awarded $450 thousand in cost share for tax ditches, a critical drainage infrastructure.
• The stormwater program provides technical assistance, plan review, construction and maintenance inspection. SCD reviewed 140 detailed plans, issued over 3,200 standard plans and monitored over 400 active construction projects in Sussex County.