Conservation Highlights

Conservation Workshop Scholarships

2017 Resource conservation workshopThe Pitt County Soil and Water Conservation District approved the application of Joshua Starnes to attend the Resource Conservation Workshop at NC State University during the week of June 25-June 30, 2017.  Joshua is a student of Ayden-Grifton High School and has been involved with FFA. The district will pay all expenses for him to attend the workshop. Above, Chairman Leroy Smith presents Joshua with a check for expenses while attending the workshop. He will be housed on campus and adult counselors will be provided.  This is a week of intensive study.  The conservation subjects to be covered are soil characteristics, soil conservation, wildlife and fisheries management, forest management, non-agricultural uses for soil, water quality and watershed management.  Exams will take place on the last day of the workshop and awards/scholarships will be presented. Please contact Carolyn Garris at 252-902-1746 if you would like additional information or you are a high school student that may be interested in attending next year.

2015 Resource conservation workshopCarolyn Garris presented Caroline Allen from South Central High School with the 2015 Resource Conservation Workshop Scholarship in the amount of $500. Caroline's application was reviewed and selected by the Pitt District Board. Students will be housed at NC State University while attending a week-long intensive study program. 

Attendees have the opportunity to win awards and college scholarships. Good luck Caroline!

Pitt Soil & Water Projects

Landowners and users in Pitt County have benefited through technical assistance provided through our district on the following: Assisted Pitt County landowners and land users with drainage problems, developed 49 state cost share contracts with landowners allocating over $167,524 for installation of best management practices. We have closed one abandoned animal lagoons this year, and assisted with confined animal operations on Waste Management Systems. Initiated a watershed study group to address issues associated with storm water runoff and it's effects on Swift Creek and Fork Swamp watersheds. Conducted three agriculture watershed assessment on 303d impaired streams.