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Soil Conservation

Soil conservation is important! The Howard Soil Conservation District is comprised of trained specialists to help landowners make wise land use decisions for their properties.  The Howard Soil Conservation District is authorized to review sediment and erosion control plans and small pond designs for all proposed developments. Cost sharing assistance from federal, state and/or local sources may be available for conservation practices that control erosion and improve water quality. Trained specialists and engineers actively participate in Howard County’s weekly subdivision Review Committee with other state and county agencies.


There are several Maryland Soil Conservation districts aimed to enhanced farming operations while helping to conserve our valuable soil and clean water.

Technical assistance– Technical experts provide direct one-on-one assistance to homeowners, community associations and county departments with natural resource problems and questions. The HSCD is uniquely positioned to call on the expertise of cooperating state and federal agencies in addressing natural resource issues.


Envirothon– HCSD sponsors the Howard County Envirothon. The Envirothon is a nationally recognized event that brings students together to learn and work as a team on solving environmental issues. The Envirothon gives the county’s youth an opportunity to learn about and explore the environment around them and how they impact it. The Howard Soil Conservation District conducts a Junior Envirothon and a Senior Envirothon each year. Winners of the Senior Envirothon may compete in Statewide and National competitions with teams from across the nation.


Rain barrels– the HSCD also sells assembled rain barrels to the public.


Visit the Howard Soil Conservation Department’s website.


For more information, call the number below.

David Plummer, District Manager