Pollution that comes from multiple sources simultaneously is called “nonpoint source pollution” or “NPS pollution” for short. This is in contract to “Source Point Pollution” which is pollution coming from a single, specific source, such as a drain pipe.

While there are many sources of NPS water pollution, agriculture is among the most significant in Virginia. Because agriculture requires many acres, its potential impact on water quality is great. For example, one EPA study estimates that 27 percent of the phosphorus and 60 percent of the nitrogen entering the Chesapeake Bay originate from cropland. These pollutants need to be controlled in order to protect the environment.

Methods to reduce NPS water pollution are called “best management practices” or “BMPs” for short. BMPs range from installing permeable pavement in parking lots to reduce polluted storm water runoff to farmers planting cover crops to prevent soil erosion running into creeks and streams. (For more about BMP’s)

By incorporating BMPs into their farming techniques, farmers can have a significant impact on cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. Our staff provides technical assistance to farmers on how to best use these practices in their individual operations. We also administer financial assistance to help farmers with implementing these practices.

Cost Share Signup Announcement

Dates to remember-Flyer 2020

Dates CS 2020



PY2020 Cost-Share sign up

PY 2020 Cost-Share Manual

Small Grain planting dates

Clean Farm Award Recipient (page 4)

Governor Northam Announces – Funding for PY 2020 Cost-Share Program

Nutrient Management Planners

Booklet-Practice Narratives

Cattle Health and Marketing Strategies Workshop August 11 2022


logo no captionTri-County/City Soil & Water Conservation District (TCCSWCD) has served the Commonwealth of Virginia Counties of King George, Spotsylvania, Stafford since 1944 and the City of Fredericksburg since 1984. We are a local political subdivision of the Commonwealth, focusing on natural resource problems and solutions. Like other conservation districts, Tri-County/City SWCD is self-governed and non-profit and establishes priorities, sets policy, and administers programs to conserve soil and water resources.
Tri-County/City SWCD is not a regulatory agency. Instead, the agency provides technical assistance, information, educational programs, volunteer opportunities, and newsletters to citizens on many aspects of water quality, nonpoint source pollution, and stream health.
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