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Soil Conservation

Plant Trees

No-till Farming

We all know that roots of trees firmly hold on to the soil.
No-till farming is a way of growing crops without disturbing the soil
through tillage.
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Water Conservation

Capturing and Storing Water

Irrigation Scheduling

Many farms have built their own ponds to capture and store rainfall for use
throughout the year.
Smart water management is not just about how water is delivered but also
when, how often, and how much.
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Wildlife Conservation

Otters, being near the top of the food chain, are
very sensitive to pollution of aquatic systems.

Human activity along waterways and predation of young are also limiting factors.
The annual mortality rate is estimated at 38%.

We are the Clarendon County Soil & Water Conservation District. Our Mission is to Conserve soil and water through Education, Observation and Implementation.

Mission Statement

To promote the wise use and care of natural resources for the
benefit of the citizens of Clarendon County.
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Objectives

Provide Conservation education to the public through school programs and comunity involvement.

Observe, report, and monitor conservation and natural resource concerns in Clarendon County.

Promote and implement programs to protect and conserve natural resources in Clarendon County.

Our Partner - SCDNR

The Clarendon Soil and Water Conservation District is a subdivision of state government (SCDNR) under the direction of a local five-member Board of Commissioners. State law created conservation districts to provide grass roots for developing and implementing conservation activities. In South Carolina, district boundaries are the same as county boundaries. There is a conservation district in each county.

Conservation districts are unique; no other agency has the responsibility that districts have. If conservation activities are to take place within a district, the district must initiate them. Other government agencies and groups may assit in these efforts, but the responsibility rests, by law, with the conservation district.

The Clarendon Conservation District coordinates assistance from all available sources - public and private, local state and federal - in an effort to develop locally driven solutions to natural resource concerns. It is the districts responsiblity to the citizens of Clarendon County to provide first-line leadership in developing and implementing plans that will address the conservation needs within the county.

Soil Conservation

Soil conservation is the prevention of soil loss from erosion or prevention of reduced fertility caused by over usage, acidification, salinization or other chemical soil contamination.

Managing for soil health allows producers to work with the land – not against – to reduce erosion, maximize water infiltration, improve nutrient cycling, save money on inputs, and ultimately improve the resiliency of their working land.

Water Conservation

While many farmers globally are relying on groundwater and other pumped resources to properly water their crops, the environmental effects of water waste are a big problem in agriculture. Water waste can lead to soil erosion, overwatered crops, and unnecessary spend.

By better optimizing your water usage, you are not only doing your part to conserve one of nature’s most precious resources, but you can also produce healthier crops, all with less water.

Recycling

Farm waste can often contain some of the most recyclable materials around. Organic materials, animal manure and dirty straw and hay can all be used to make materials such as compost, which can be then put back into the earth for growing crops, plants, vegetables and more.

There are many different ways in which you can recycle your farmland waste materials, whether it be putting them back into your farm or handing them over to a recycling company who can distribute recyclable items to the best place.

No-Till Drill Rental

The Clarendon Soil and Water Conservation District invites you to participate in our effort to conserve our natural resources and aid in the prevention of soil loss here in our county by renting our No-Till Drill for your planting.

For affilliate members the drill is availble to rent for $10/acre. If you are not an affiliate member but would like to rent the drill, you must first pay a membership fee.

To schedule a time to rent the no-till drill call the district office at (803) 435-2612 ext 101.  Click here for Seed Rate Book.

Programs

Farm-City Scarecrow Contest

Farm-City Scarecrow Contest

Contests
Arbor Day Poetry Contest

Arbor Day Poetry Contest

Contests
Conservation District Scholarship

Conservation District Scholarship

Scholarships
Farm-City Coloring Contest

Farm-City Coloring Contest

Contests
Poster Contest

Poster Contest

Contests
Essay Contest

Essay Contest

Contests
EnviroScape Demonstrations

EnviroScape Demonstrations

Demonstrations

Supporting Good Cause

The Clarendon Soil and Water Conservation District is a non-profit organization that depends on the financial support from affiliate members. Through your donation, the District is better able to promote conservation in all schools in the county as well as to sponsor the various programs available that promote conservation stewardship within Clarendon County.

Environmental Stewards

The commissioners of the Clarendon Soil and Water Conservation District are committed to helping educate Clarendon County's children and landowners about our natural reosurces. It is our goal that land users and students develop an understanding of the inter-relationshps of man, water, soil, air and wildlife. The more knowledge we have, the better we become as caretakers of our natural resources.

Affiliate Membership

CONSERVATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS WILL AFFECT ALL OF US IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER

If you would like to become an affilate member please contact the district office at 803-435-2612 ext 3

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT