5th Issue

Key Topics & Learning Objectives

Water Resource Management: Local Control and Local Solutions

Understanding Soil Conservation Districts- local solutions

There are more than 3,000 soil conservation districts in the US that are independent units of government responsible for carrying out natural resource protection at a local level. After the Dust Bowl Congress passed the Soil Conservation Act in the 1930s. Learn more about the local solutions for Conservation in our Community  and about the Maryland Association of Conservation Districts. Many conservation practices are funded through cost share programs such as the federal programs EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentives Program) and CRP (Conservation Reserve Program).

Maryland Geological Survey- Ground Water

Groundwater is nearly the sole source of fresh drinking water on Maryland’s Coastal Plain with over 1.4 million people relying on it. In addition to surface water may towns in western and central Maryland also rely on groundwater. There are types of aquifers in different regions. Learn more at Maryland Geologic Survey.

Key Learning Objectives for Maryland (adapted from NCF Envirthon Objectives)

Key Topic 1: Understanding how groundwater and surface water systems function

Key Topic 4: Understanding a variety of water quantity indicators in different landscapes

Key Topic 5: Understanding how sustainable and best management practices enhance and protect water quality and quantity for humans and wildlife

Key Topic 7: Understanding the social, economic, political impacts of natural resources management and decision making

Water Related NRCS Conservation Practice Standards

Riparian Forest Buffer  Tree planting near body of water

Riparian Herbaceous Cover Grass planting near body of water

NRCS Planting Guide Tables

Dates for Planting in Maryland

Plant Hardiness Zones

Seed Mix Recommendations by Land Use Objectives

Upland Herbaceous Mixes (low-medium density)

Tree and Shrub Characteristics

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