News & Updates

September 2022

Important Dates

Oct. 1 - Cover Crop Planting Deadline ($60/ac.)

Oct. 13 - Stormwater 101 Workshop

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Auditing Services

SCD is requesting a three-year proposal from qualified Certified Public Accounting firms to audit its financial statements for the years ending December 31, 2022, 2023 and 2024.

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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.

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2022 Poster Contest

On Sept. 30, SCD will begin accepting entries for the annual conservation poster contest from Sussex County public, charter, private or homeschooled students in grades K-12.

Posters will be judged on the 2022 theme,

“Healthy Soil Healthy Life."

Deadline: Friday, Oct. 28, 2022.

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Conservation Stewardship Award

***Coming Soon***

New categories for 2023!

Entry forms will be available in early October.

Meet the 2022 Winners

Stormwater 101 Workshop

SCD will host a free, hybrid, stormwater 101 workshop on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Vanderwende-Evans Conservation Center.

Jessica Watson, sediment and stormwater program manager at SCD, will cover the history of sediment and stormwater regulations in Delaware, stormwater facilities and their function, maintenance and best management practices.

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Annual Cost Share Program Approved

  • Approval letters have been mailed.
  • if you did not receive yours, call 302-856-3990, ext. 3, 

Cover Crop Incentives

  • $75,000 funding cap
  • Increased funding rates 


Cover Crop Deadlines

  • $60/ac, planted by Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022
  • Self-Certify by Friday, Oct. 7, 2022
  • $50/ac, planted by Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022
  • Self Certify by Friday, Nov. 18, 2022

USDA Announces Historic Investment in Partnerships for 70 Climate-Smart Commodities and Rural Projects

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Terry Cosby and Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Michael T. Scuse highlight investments in climate-smart agriculture and forestry during roundtable with farmers, partners and agricultural stakeholders in Delaware.

Of the 70 projects selected nationwide, seven are slated to benefit the state of Delaware.

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To serve Sussex County
by providing technical
guidance and financial
assistance to enhance,
maintain, protect, and
improve land and
water resources.
Agricultural Conservation
21315 Berlin Road, Unit 4
Georgetown, DE 19947
302-856-3990 ext.3
Equipment, Stormwater Management,
Billing & Administration
23818 Shortly Rd. 
Georgetown, DE 19947
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