Agricultural activities can have a major impact on water quality. Plowing and tilling and animal heavy use areas can be a significant source of sediment and nutrient pollution. The Conservation District assists farmers in protecting their soil and managing their manure.
Construction activities can contribute a significant amount of sediment to local streams. The Conservation District reviews plans and conducts inspections to ensure that practices are installed on site to reduce the potential for sediment pollution to occur.
- Timber Harvesting
Approximately 60% of Fulton County is forested. Timber harvesting activities can have a serious impact on water quality. The Conservation District inspects timber harvesting sites to ensure that the proper practices have been installed to reduce sediment pollution.
Raising awareness about important environmental issues is key to conserving, protecting and restoring the environmental health of our community. The Conservation District provides a variety of educational programs throughout the year for youth and adults.
Fulton County is located entirely within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, in the headwaters of both the Susquehanna and Potomac Rivers. Protecting and improving local surface and groundwater resources is at the heart of the work of the Conservation District.
Recycling ensures that the items we have finished using get turned into something else or are cleaned and reused. The Conservation District administers the County Recycling Program, which collects materials such as paper, cardboard, glass, cans and plastic, as well as electronics.
- Dirt & Gravel Roads
Unpaved roads have the potential to contribute a significant amount of sediment to local waterways. The Conservation District provides technical and financial assistance to help townships maintain their dirt and gravel roads in an environmentally sound way.