If you ask a farmer what is an agricultural erosion and sedimentation plan, he or she may have no idea what you are talking about. However, many are familiar with the term "conservation plan," a type of plan written by NRCS. In many instances, a recently written NRCS plan will meet what PA regulations call an "agricultural E&S plan." If you have a NRCS written conservation plan, you may want to check if it addresses the following:
- Does the plan address BMPs to control erosion within 100 ft. of streams, etc. In PA, there must be at least 25% plant cover or crop residue within this zone.
- AHUAs must be identified and BMPs to fix or limit their impact. In PA, the farmer must prevent pollution to water bodies from these areas.
While NRCS or a another professional can write a conservation plan, a farmer is allowed to write his or her agricultural E&S plan. If you wish to do this, please contact the SCCD at 570-837-3000 for more information.
Note #1: Agricultural E&S plans, including NRCS developed conservation plans, must be available for review at the farm by PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) or other designated staff if requested.
Note #2: Farmers and others wishing to write their own Ag E&S plan can go to www.paonestop.org. Users must have Firefox installed on their computer in order to use this web based program.
Note #3: A farmer can earn a tax credit by completing a REAP application if you hire someone to write your plan (see below). Also, there is a possibility that a statewide program may become available for farmers to hire a consultant to write a plan.