Mission: 

In agriculture, the District emphasizes the importance of soil conservation and water quality, striving to have voluntary soil and water conservation plans for all working farms.  These plans help farmers optimize productivity while safeguarding their surroundings against the potential impact of poor land management.  Farmers are advised in areas that include preventing fertilizers and pesticides from draining into nearby tributaries through the use of innovative methods like cover crops and shoreline buffers.  The plans also aid farmers with issues related to conservation crop rotation and residue management.

In the area of urban development, the AASCD reviews all sediment and erosion control plans for pending construction projects in Anne Arundel County to ensure that developers take the necessary steps to manage runoff during construction to control soil erosion.  

Vision: 

The District is dedicated to being recognized as a leader in providing information and programs for the conservation of soil, water, and related natural resources.  Numberous methods are employed by the District to convey the message of sound environmental stewardship to the community.  We participate in community events such as the Envirothon Program,  Earth Day, and field days and frequently meet with local stakeholders, technical resource committees and planning agencies. 

History:

Soil Conservation Districts were initially created across the country in the 1930's as Congress' response to farmers and ranchers whose land was devastated by the Dust Bowl years.  The Anne Arundel Soil Conservation District began in 1946 and is one of twenty-four soil conservation districts in Maryland.  Our local district strives to protect the integrity of the environment by managing land wisely through conservation practices.

Structure:

A board of supervisors consisting of five district residents who meet monthly, or as necessary, to conduct business, governs conservation districts in Maryland.  A district manager, through policies and directives set by the Board of Supervisors, provides administrative supervision of district operations.  The USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service, through a network of regional and national supervision, provides technical assistance leadership to the district through a District Conservationist located in the district office.