Coshocton Soil and Water Conservation District
Engineering Assistance

Engineering and Structural Practices

Technical Assistance is provided by the Coshocton Soil and Water Conservation District and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Assistance includes site
evaluation and selection, survey, design and construction inspection of conservation structures and facilities. Other technical assistance activities include conservation planning, management consultation and soil survey information. All technical assistance is guided by the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service Standards and Specifications for permanent conservation practices. Click here for USDA-NRCS website. Federal and/or State Cost-share may be available to assist landowners installing these practices.

Standard Drawings - Click Below for link
                 Fence - Single Brace                                        Spring Development
                        Fence - Double Brace                                     

                        Fence - Barbed/Woven/High Tensile

•Animal Waste Storage Facilities

These facilities help livestock producers effectively manage the animal wastes generated from their operations. The type of manure storage structure you would use depends upon your livestock operation, animal waste management system and planned field application. Several options exist including an earthen storage pond, above or below ground tank, pit underneath a confinement facility or a sheltered concrete slab area. Manure can be pumped, scraped and hauled, pushed or flushed into your storage structure. The structure's purpose is to safely contain the manure and keep nutrient loss and pollution of downstream water bodies to a minimum by preventing runoff. Technical Assistance is available for operations of less than 1,000 animal units.


A diversion is an earthen embankment similar to a terrace that directs runoff water from a specific area. A diversion is often built at the base of a slope to divert runoff away from bottom lands. A diversion may also be used to divert runoff flows away from a feedlot or to collect and direct water to a pond.

Erosion Control Structures

structures are used to help producers control the grade and head cutting in natural and artificial channels. They may be used where the concentration and velocity of water requires a structure to stabilize the grade in the channel or to control gully erosion. These structures are designed to reduce the amount of sediment delivered to local streams and rivers.

Filter Strips

A filter strip is a strip of grass, trees or shrubs that filter runoff and removes contaminants before they reach water bodies or water sources such as wells.

Grass Waterway

A natural drainageway is graded and shaped to form a smooth, bowl-shaped channel. This area is seeded to sod-forming grasses. Runoff water that flows down the drainageway flows across the grass rather than tearing away soil and forming a larger gully. An outlet is often installed at the base of the drainageway to stabilize the waterway and prevent a new gully from forming.

Heavy Use Feeding Pad

Construction Season for livestock feeding pads utilizing the Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) Material from AEP-Conesville Power Plant is fast approaching. The material will only be made available to county landowners from May 1st through August 31st. Material is free, landowner is responsible for transportation cost. If you are interested, please contact our office as soon as possible

Irrigation System

A brand new practice for Coshocton SWCD and Ohio was recently installed on the Garry Derr Farm, Linton Township. The Milkhouse Irrigation System reduces the phosphorus load in nearby streams and enables landowners to dispose milkhouse waste in an environmental friendly manner.

Spring Development

Naturally flowing springs and seeps can be developed to provide quality drinking water for livestock.

Streambank and Shoreline Protection

The stabilization and protection of banks of streams, lakes, estuaries or channels against erosion using vegetation or structures. These practices are designed to prevent the loss of land or damage to utilities, roads, buildings or other facilities located next to streambanks. They may also be used to maintain channel capacity and/or reduce downstream damages. Note: Due to the complexity of some streambank erosion problems and issues, suitable solutions are often beyond the scope of District activities.

Wetland Cells

Wetlands provide natural pollution control by removing nutrients, pesticides and bacteria from surface waters and can act as efficient, low cost sewage and animal waste treatment practices. Wetlands filter and collect sediment from runoff water, slow overland flow and store runoff water, they reduce both soil erosion and flooding downstream.

The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national, origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’S TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326W, Whitten Building, 1400 and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and emp

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