News & Updates
July 2021
July 22 Delaware State Fair Begins
July 30 Cost Share Sign Up Ends
Vanderwende-Evans Conservation Center
SCD recently held an open house and dedication ceremony for the Vanderwende-Evans Conservation Center. Over 100 guests, state and local representatives attended the dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting then toured the facility.
Featured Cooperator
Story Hill Farm is protecting pollinators, one pasture at a time.
Collaborations Create Innovative Forest Wetland Project Near Frankford
A project to add native wetland vegetation that will restore natural habitat and improve water quality is taking root in Sussex County.

The project is a cooperative effort among the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, Sussex County government and the Sussex Conservation District (SCD). The property, which covers a total of 20 acres next to Blackwater Creek, a tributary of Little Assawoman Bay, will no longer be used as fertilized cropland.

Pollinator Week
ICYMI - Pollinator Week was June 21 - 27, 2021.

Animal pollinators are needed for the reproduction of 90% of flowering plants and one-third of human food crops. Pollinators include bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, birds, and bats.

Need Native Plants?
Stormwater Resources
In 2020, SCD partnered with the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension to present a series of stormwater workshops.

Topics covered include:
  • Sediment and Stormwater Facilities in Your Community
  • Landscaping Stormwater Ponds with Native Plants
  • Turfgrass Water Management
  • Stormwater Preventative Maintenance 
  • Emergency Preparedness 
  • ...and more!

Cost Share Sign Up

Happening now through July 30, 2022!

Our goal is 75,000 acres of cover crops in Sussex County!

Don't wait, enroll today!

302-856-3990, ext. 3.

The next Delmarva Soil Summit will be held on Feb. 7 and 8, 2022, at Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown, Del.

Theme: Groundwork for the Future

Featuring: Ray Archuleta & Heather Darby.
USDA to Invest $15 Million in the Future of Conservation Through Innovation Grants Program

NRCS is investing up to $15 million to support the development of new tools, approaches, practices and technologies to further natural resource conservation on private lands through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program.

CIG partners use creative problem solving and innovation to address our nation’s water quality, air quality, soil health and wildlife habitat challenges, all while improving agricultural operations.

All U.S.-based non-Federal entities and individuals are eligible to apply. Proposals must be submitted through by 11:59 p.m. ET on July 19, 2021.
USDA Announces Grants for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production

$4 million in competitive grants is available to support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production projects. USDA will accept applications on for planning and implementation projects until midnight July 30, 2021.

Planning Projects
Planning projects initiate or expand efforts of farmers, gardeners, citizens, government officials, schools and other stakeholders in urban areas and suburbs. Projects may target areas of food access, education, business and start-up costs for new farmers, urban agroforestry or food forests, and development of policies related to zoning and other needs of urban production.

Implementation Projects
Implementation projects that accelerate existing and emerging models of urban, indoor and other agricultural practices that serve multiple farmers. Projects will improve local food access and collaborate with partner organizations and may support infrastructure needs, emerging technologies, educational endeavors and urban farming policy implementation.
On Friday, July 16, 2021, Blaine Hitchens, an NACD Soil Health Champion, met with Sen. Carper and State Conservationist Kasey Taylor to highlight how his conservation practices are building healthier soils and sequestring carbon
Pesticide Container Recycling Schedule
Schauer joins SCD
SCD recently welcomed Barbara Schauer of Lewes as a part-time stormwater plan reviewer.

Schauer is a registered professional engineer with a background in environmental engineering and consulting, specializing in water quality management.
Employee Spotlight
Get to know Siobhan Kelley.
To serve Sussex County
by providing technical
guidance and financial
assistance to enhance,
maintain, protect, and
improve land and
water resources.
Agricultural Conservation
21315 Berlin Road, Unit 4
Georgetown, DE 19947
302-856-3990 ext.3
Equipment, Stormwater Management,
Billing & Administration
23818 Shortly Rd. 
Georgetown, DE 19947