News & Updates
October 2021
Important Dates
Oct. 22 • Poster Contest Deadline
Nov. 4 • Stormwater Workshop
Nov. 11 • SCD Closed for Veterans Day
Nov. 15 • Conservation Stewardship Award Deadline
Nov. 15 • Cover Crop Planting Deadline ($40)
Project Field Coordinator
Carsyljan Acres Drainage Improvement
Poster Contest
SCD is now accepting entries for the annual conservation poster contest from Sussex County public, charter, private or homeschooled students in grades K-12.

Posters will be judged on the 2021 theme, “Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities."

Deadline: Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.
Conservation Stewardship Award
Sussex Conservation District (SCD) is accepting entries for the inaugural Conservation Stewardship Award. This award will recognize organizations in five categories that have exceeded Delaware Sediment and Stormwater Regulations to prepare, protect and preserve sensitive natural resources in the county.

Home Builder
1-50 homes per year
51+ homes per year

Design Team

Site Contractor


Homeowner Association
Open Space Management
Stormwater Management
DEADLINE: Monday, Nov. 15, 2021
Stormwater Workshop
Jessica Watson, sediment and stormwater program manager at SCD, will cover stormwater facilities and maintenance on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, from 10 - 11:30 a.m.

“We encourage communities and property owners to become informed so they can identify problems early before they become costly to repair,” says Watson.

Delaware nutrient management credits: 1.0 CEU 
Homeowner & HOA Resources
Our website has resources including fact sheets and workshop videos to help you become a better steward of natural resources on your land and in your community.
Turfgrass Workshop
The recording and presentation is now available from the Oct. 8 Turfgrass Workshop.

John Emerson presented turfgrass best management practices including:
• the four R’s of fertilizer
• responsible water use
• soil amendments
• integrated pest management for fall armyworms.
#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.
Turn off & winterize your irrigation system
Cover Crop Deadlines

• Monday, Nov. 15, 2021 ($40/ac)
• Self-Certify by Friday, Nov. 19, 2021

Reminder: funding cap increased to $75,000!

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

What is a
Weed Wiper Bar?
SCDs Weed Wiper Bar is an environmentally friendly alternative to mowing.

Keep woody and invasive vegetation along ditches, ponds and open spaces in check without broadcast or hand spraying chemicles.
Did You Know...

Crop dusters aren't always spraying crops, sometimes they're "planting" them.

This time of year the planes you see flying over fields are probably aerial seeding cover crops.
Consider switching to no-till this November.
Jayme Arthurs, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Resource Conservationist, demonstrated water infiltrated in no-till versus conventionally tilled soil during a recent soil health training workshop for field staff.

  • No-till improves soil health by not disturbing soil microbiology. Beneficial soil microbes are essential for growing food, fiber, and fuel.

  • No-till improves the soil’s water-holding capacity and keeps soils in place, preventing harmful runoff and erosion.

  • No-till saves time, money (fuel) and wear on equipment. It’s an economically sound choice.

Still not sure if no-till is right for you? 
Give us a call! 
Farm with bobwhites in mind; they're counting on it

By Heather Beaven.

For most Delmarva residents, finding a home involves searching through a long, detailed listing of available places for sale, rent or new construction, where options can be narrowed down by preferred neighborhoods, schools, and safety ratings.

Wildlife are not so lucky.

2022 Delmarva Soil Summit
Feb. 6 & 7, 2022

Got Native Plants?
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