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Technical assistance is provided by the Van Wert Soil and Water Conservation District and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.  Assistance includes site evaluation, survey, design and construction inspection of conservation structures and facilities.  Other technical assistance includes conservation planning and soil survey information.  All technical assistance is guided by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Standards and Specifications for conservation practices.  Federal and/or State cost share may be available to assist landowners installing practices.



These facilities help livestock producers effectively manage the animal waste generated from their operation.  The type of manure storage structure would  depend on the 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 to a minimum by preventing runoff.  Technical assistance is available for operations of less than 1,000 animal units.



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



These structures are used to help control the grade 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 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.



Wetlands filter and collect sediment from runoff water, slow overland flow and store runoff water, they reduce both soil erosion and flooding downstream.