Soil Conservation Education
The Washington County Soil Conservation District is dedicated to soil conservation education and outreach in the community. With the help of Sammy Soil and Ruby Raindrop, the soil conservation district educates students about what it means to be a conservation farmer and take care of the soil. Visits from Sammy Soil and Ruby Raindrop can be scheduled through the conservation district office.
The Enviroscape model is a great tool the Soil Conservation District is able to utilize in educating students about pollution and our watershed. This interactive model shows students how important it is to keep our water clean.
Helping Our Landowners
The soil conservation district along with our Natural Resources Conservation Service partners are happy to assist landowners with any questions they have regarding agricultural land in Washington County. From technical assistance to cost share programs, we have you covered. Please feel free to browse our information about programs in the menu above and call us if you have any questions.
Soil Conservation Youth Board
Are you between the ages of 14 and 21, interested in community service, and have a passion for conservation in your community? Come join our Washington County Soil Conservation Youth Board!!! This group of young people have committed themselves to community service and conservation in Washington County and have a great time while doing so. See our "About Us" tab above for more information.
What is Soil Health?
The continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains and improves the living condition of plants, animals and humans.
Can I pull gravel out of my creek?
You may be able to pull gravel from a creek, but only within guidelines of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). For more guidance call the TDEC office in Johnson City at 423-854-5400 or visit their website: https://www.tn.gov/environment.html
In what situations do I need a permit?
Most work on streams, stream banks, waterways, or drainage areas should be reviewed by TDEC. If you have questions concerning permits you should contact the TDEC office in Johnson City at 423-854-5400, or visit their website: https://www.tn.gov/environment.html
Who do I call for a burn permit?
The agency to call for a burn permit is the Tennessee Department of Agriculture “Division of Forestry”, their number is 1-877-350-(BURN) 2876 or online: www.BurnSafeTN.org. Burn permits are required from October 15 thru May 15 and at other times during certain weather conditions.
Where do I find soils information and aerial imagery for my farm?
The USDA-NRCS website provides aerial photography & soils information. http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov.
Where can I find floodplain maps for my property?
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a great deal of flood information on their website. We have the ability in our office to generate maps for landowners with aerial imagery that has a flood plain map overlaid. Contact us to get a map of your property.
Who do I call when trying to locate underground utility lines (gas, phone, cable, electric, etc.)?
Before you DIG call “Tennessee One Call” at 811 or go to their website: www.tnonecall.com. A person can be held liable for damages incurred if they dig and do not call Tennessee One Call.
Please call our office at 423-753-4441 x3
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