Soil & Water Conservation District

The Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District offers technical, financial and educational advice to Orange County landowners and operators. We provide technical consultation on erosion control and water quality issues on agricultural farmland and non-agricultural lands.

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Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Cost Share Programs

The Orange Soil & Water Conservation District has a variety of cost share programs available. Each program offers best management practices targeted to meet specific program goals. These programs help address agricultural, rural, and urban water quality and water resource issues. Typically, 75% cost share assistance can be provided to an applicant to install best management practices that improve or increase water resources in Orange County.

North Carolina Agricultural Cost Share Program (ACSP)

“The ACSP helps address nonpoint source pollution by providing technical and financial resources through a voluntary, incentive-based program designed to improve water quality through the installation of various best management practices (BMPs) on agricultural lands directly involved in agricultural production.”

-NCDA&CS Division of Soil & Water Conservation

NC Agricultural Water Resources Assistance Program (AgWRAP) 

“The purpose of the AgWRAP is to identify opportunities to increase water use efficiency, availability, and storage, and to implement best management practices to conserve and protect water resources.”

-NCDA&CS Division of Soil & Water Conservation 

Eligible landowners and operators may apply for cost share assistance to install BMPs on their agricultural operations. An initial sign-up period will be held through August 17, 2023, for those landowners and operators seeking cost share assistance. Requests for technical assistance will be received throughout the year and cost share assistance can be provided, given that funding continues to be available. To apply for cost share assistance, please contact David Latta or Bradsher Wilkins at (919) 245-2752. For more information, please visit the Division of Soil & Water Conservation website.

Annual Poster Contest 2023 Contest coming soon - The contest is open to all children in 3rd - 6th grade in Orange County. You can find all of the information here or contact our office by phone  919-245-2750 or email 

Orange Soil and Water Conservation is a Division of the Orange County Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks, and Recreation - DEAPR.

Additional Information

Visit our Department website for more information. 

  1. Agricultural Service
  2. Non-Agricultural Services
  3. Other Related Services

Agricultural Related Services

  • Animal Waste Management Plans
  • Conservation Assessment and Planning on Agricultural Lands
  • Nutrient Management Farm Plans
  • Riparian Restoration along streams
  • Sediment and Soil Erosion on Agricultural Lands
  • Stream Bank Stabilization/Stream Protection Systems
  • Voluntary Agriculture Program and Farmland Preservation Program
  • Water Quality on Agricultural Lands

Additional Information

Agronomists, engineers, soil scientists, and other specialists from local, state, and federal agencies work closely with the Soil and Water Conservation District Staff to answer your questions. Please contact us with any questions.