WHAT: The Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District, in partnership with the Loudoun County government, is hosting an informational workshop on a unique Riparian Buffer Planting project on February 26th at the Loudoun County Government Center located at 1 Harrison Street in Leesburg, VA.
Private residential, industrial, commercial, and Home Owner Association (HOA) landowners in Loudoun are all eligible to apply for funds to plant buffers along perennial (year-round) streams and water bodies. An effective technique for improving water quality, this program reimburses landowners for planting materials and labor costs. Urban/Ag Conservationist Chris Van Vlack will brief workshop attendees about the project’s planting options and application deadlines. This project complements the existing agricultural buffer planting program offered through the state Agricultural BMP Cost Share Program. Funding is limited and anticipated to be highly competitive, so interested landowners are strongly encouraged to attend the workshop to enhance their application opportunities.
Last spring, a total of four acres of forested riparian buffers were planted by HOAs and private landowners. These buffers help filter pollutants from stormwater runoff, which improves water quality for people and wildlife and makes streams, creeks, and rivers safer for recreation. Forested buffers can also reduce mowing costs and provide habitat for birds and other wildlife.
Chris Van Vlack – Urban/Ag Conservationist, LSWCD
Jim Christian – Chairman, LSWCD
Evan Keto – Urban Forester, Loudoun County
Laura Edmonds – Environmental Review Team Leader, Loudoun County
WHERE: Loudoun County Government Center, Purcellville Room.
WHEN: Thursday, February 26 at 6:00 PM
Working daily to promote the central role of conservation in improving the health and wealth of our communities, the Loudoun Soil & Water Conservation District touches the lives of every man, woman, and child in the County. Individuals interested in learning more about this or other important conservation practices should contact the LSWCD at (571) 918-4530.