Engineering and Structural Practices
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.
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Federal and/or State Cost-share may be
available to assist landowners installing these practices.
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•Animal Waste Storage 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
A diversion is often built at the base of a slope to divert runoff
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Naturally flowing springs and
seeps can be developed to provide quality drinking water for livestock.
Streambank and Shoreline Protection
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.
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