News & Updates
November 2021
Important Dates
Nov. 25 SCD Closed (Thanksgiving)
Nov. 26 SCD Closed (Black Friday)
Dec. Soil Health Event with David Brandt (TBD)
Conservation Planner
Project Field Coordinator
Equipment Updates
SCD is your go-to source for land conservation and tax ditch maintenance in Kent and Sussex counties. DITCH THE HEAVY WORK. WE’LL DO IT FOR YOU.
A pipe failure from saltwater intrusion caused a sinkhole to form next to a driveway in Keenwick on the Bay in Selbyville. SCD removed the failed pipe and installed a new HDPE pipe with a Tideflex Inline Check Valve at the bulkhead.  
The Cart Branch Tax Ditch pipe replacement and stabilization along Beaver St. in Greenwood required pipe removal and replacement. Over 30 feet of concrete pipe and 120 feet of HDPE were replaced, along with a new concrete catch basin.
Breaking ground on a pond for Lem and Jessie Hudson in Laurel.
Stormwater Updates
Silt Fence

Silt fence installed on projects, including single-family homes, must meet the Delaware state standard. No other type of silt fence is approved for use in Delaware.

Stabilized Construction Entrance

A stabilized construction entrance shall be used at all points of construction ingress and egress. The stone should be DE #3 with a minimum length on a single residential lot of 30' and 50' for all other applications.

Stormwater Workshop
The recording and presentation are now available from the Nov. 4 Stormwater Workshop.

Jessica Watson, stormwater program manager at Sussex Conservation District covered the history and delegation of sediment and stormwater regulations in Delaware, various types of stormwater facilities, their function and successful maintenance including best management practices.
Conservation Stewardship Award
The inaugural Conservation Stewardship Award received 14 entries. A panel of judges will review submissions and winners will be announced in early January 2022.
Turfgrass and Swale Fact Sheets
#LeaveTheLeaves for Wildlife
Instead of hauling away leaves this fall, consider leaving them in place or raking them into beds or "wild areas" on your property.

• Provides food and shelter for pollinators and wildlife
• Free fertilizer, compost or mulch!
• Improve soil
• Insulate roots
• Reduce waste in landfills

DO NOT: dispose of leaves in ditches or swales. Leaf litter can block the flow of water and cause flooding.
AG Updates
Planting Certification Deadline
Cover crops planted by Monday, Nov. 15 must be self-certified by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 19th!  

Certification forms can be submitted by emailing to, faxing to (302) 856-4381 (confirm delivery by calling the office), or dropping by the office at 21315 Berlin Road, Unit 4, Georgetown. 

For more information or if you have any questions, please call (302) 856-3990, ext. 3.

Reminder: funding cap increased to $75,000!

Help us reach our goal of 75,000 acres of cover crops in Sussex County!

Over $540,000 available for cover crops.
Over $540,000 is available to plant cover crops in the Delaware Bay and Inland Bays watersheds of Sussex County, over the next two years.

RCPP applications are accepted year-round; however, the first application deadline is Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. All applications received by the deadline will be ranked and considered for funding in Spring 2022.

Sussex County Farm Bureau honors Absher
The Delaware Farm Bureau recently honored Debbie Absher with the 2021 Distinguished Service to Agriculture award in Sussex County. As the director of ag programs at SCD, Absher's passion is to help farmers help the land by providing them with technical and financial resources needed to implement best management practices.

Conservation field staff attend soil health and sustainability training
“This was a great opportunity for field staff to participate in hands-on training,” said Chelsea Hudson, conservation planning manager at SCD. “We learned techniques to assess soil health which can help producers across their operation, from reducing inputs to increasing yields.”

Jayme Arthurs, left, USDA NRCS state resource conservationist, shares a laugh with Dallas Wright, a no-till farmer, during the in-field soil health and sustainability training for field staff on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, in Millsboro.
Jonathan Walton welcomed some 300 commercial poultry growers to his brand-new chicken house in Georgetown on Nov. 3. He and his wife, Amber, have a 5-month-old daughter, Mackenzie. (Photo by Carol Kinsley)
Walton hosts rare post-pandemic in-person poultry growers’ field day

Jonathon Walton, conservation planner at SCD, hosted a Poultry Growers’ Field Day at Walton Farms, on Nov. 3.

In-person field days haven’t been possible since the pandemic began, and when approached about the idea, Walton recognized it as an outreach opportunity for a lot of people.

Give your farm a rugged, natural look
By Spencer Miller

Many farmers till during the fall. This year, we encourage you not to. Leave it be, let it grow. Save time, money and improve your soil’s health by joining the farmers who observe “No-Till November.”

 “For everything living in the soil, it’s akin to an earthquake, tornado and fire happening, all at the same time.”




The 2022 Delmarva Soil Summit will be held at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, MD with two options to attend either in-person or virtually.

Feb. 6 & 7, 2022

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,
Billing & Administration
23818 Shortly Rd. 
Georgetown, DE 19947