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    2/10: Homeowner Rain Garden Workshop

    Homeowner Rain Garden Workshop Join us on Saturday, February 10, 2018, from 9:30 am until noon for a rain garden workshop. Learn how to properly locate, design, construct and maintain a small-scale rain garden–a landscaped area that is designed to capture rain water and allow it to soak into the ground. Rain gardens allow polluted runoff from roads and buildings to infiltrate into the ground, slowing its flow and preventing pollutants from reaching local streams and the Potomac River, a drinking water supply for the region. The event will be held at the Providence Community Center, 3001 Vaden Drive, in Fairfax. The workshop is free, but registration is required. Please register atawinquist@arlingtonva.us<mailto:awinquist@arlingtonva.us> Cheers, Laura Laura Grape Executive Director Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District

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    2017 Native Tree & Shrub Seedling Sale

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    Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District’s 2017 Native Tree and Shrub Seedling Sale – “Fall Color”

    PLACE YOUR ORDERS BY APRIL 12TH TO GUARANTEE AVAILABILITY! 

    This year’s sale features native shrubs and trees that will add lovely fall color to your garden, while also cleaning our water and providing wildlife habitat. The tree package includes two each of northern red oak, bald cypress and sassafras. The shrub package features two each of common ninebark, gray dogwood, smooth sumac, New Jersey tea, and arrowwood viburnum. Seedlings can be picked up from the Packard Center in Annandale on April 21st and 22nd.  For more information or to order by credit card, debit card or check, visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd/seedlingsale.htm, e-mail conservationdistrict@fairfaxcounty.gov, or call 703-324-1460, TTY 711. Visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd/seedlingsale.htm to learn more about these plants and view photographs of the selections.

    Laura Grape
    Executive Director
    Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District
    12055 Government Center Pkwy, Suite 905
    Fairfax, VA 22035
    laura.grape@fairfaxcounty.gov
    (o) 703-324-1425
    (f) 703-324-1421

    Providing Conservation Leadership in Fairfax County since 1945
    http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd

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    Short Course on Pasture and Manure Management

    Contact: Julie Buchanan, Senior P.R. & Marketing Specialist, (804) 786-2292, julie.buchanan@dcr.virginia.gov
    This news release is located at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/pr-relz-detail?id=2017-02-28-09-38-53-182878-3t2

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Date: February 28, 2017

    Horse farm owners invited to enroll in conservation short course

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    MIDDLEBURG, Va. — A new six-week course being offered this spring will give Northern Virginia horse farm owners the opportunity to learn about conservation practices that can improve local water quality and farming operations.

    Healthy Land for Healthy Horses: A Short Course on Pasture and Manure Management will be held Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m., starting April 24 at the Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

    The course will cover conservation specific to horse farms. Topics such as soil fertility, grazing management, plant identification and nutrient management will be discussed. Hands-on activities will complement classroom lectures, and an optional bus tour will enable participants to visit nearby farms where conservation practices are being used.

    “Responsible farm management should prioritize both environmental and horse health,” MARE Center Equine Extension Specialist Bridgett McIntosh said. “The installation of simple best management practices provides long-term economic benefits for horse farms, protects local waterways and promotes the well-being of the horse.”

    The course is free, but registration is required. Visit http://arec.vaes.vt.edu/arec/middleburg/Events/dcr.html to register and view a detailed description of each session. A $35 fee covers the optional June 3 bus tour.

    Participants who attend at least three sessions and submit a conservation plan at the final session will receive a certificate.

    In addition to the MARE Center, the course is being presented by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, local offices of Virginia Cooperative Extension, the John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District, the Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District, the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District.
    Laura Grape
    Executive Director
    Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District
    12055 Government Center Pkwy, Suite 905
    Fairfax, VA 22035
    laura.grape@fairfaxcounty.gov
    (o) 703-324-1425
    (f) 703-324-1421

    Providing Conservation Leadership in Fairfax County since 1945
    http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd

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    NVSWCD’s 2017 Seedling Sale

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    Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District’s
    2017 Native Tree and Shrub Seedling Sale – “Fall Color”

    This year’s sale features native shrubs and trees that will add lovely fall color to your garden, while also cleaning our water and providing wildlife habitat. The tree package includes two each of northern red oak, bald cypress and sassafras. The shrub package features two each of common ninebark, gray dogwood, smooth sumac, New Jersey tea, and arrowwood viburnum. Seedlings can be picked up from the Packard Center in Annandale on April 21st and 22nd.  For more information or to order by credit card, debit card or check, visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd/seedlingsale.htm, e-mail conservationdistrict@fairfaxcounty.gov, or call 703-324-1460, TTY 711. Visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd/seedlingsale.htm to learn more about these plants and view photographs of the selections.

    Laura Grape
    Executive Director
    Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District
    12055 Government Center Pkwy, Suite 905
    Fairfax, VA 22035
    laura.grape@fairfaxcounty.gov
    (o) 703-324-1425
    (f) 703-324-1421

    Providing Conservation Leadership in Fairfax County since 1945
    http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd

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    10/29 – Residential Rain Garden Workshop

    Saturday, October 29
    Residential Rain Garden Workshop
    Time: 10am – 12:15pm
    Location:  Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St, Arlington

    Learn from the Conservation District’s Asad Rouhi and other experts how to properly locate, design, construct and maintain a small-scale rain garden: a landscaped area that is designed to capture rain water and allow it to soak into the ground. Rain gardens allow polluted runoff from roads and buildings to infiltrate into the ground, slowing its flow and preventing pollutants from reaching local streams and the Potomac River. Free, but please register online.

    The Residential Rain Garden Workshop is co-sponsored by the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, Arlington County Government, and Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District

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    Soil Morphology Class – June 2 & 3 in Reston

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    Soil Morphology Class: Soil Clues to Determine Water Table Depth and Proper Design of Stormwater BMPs
    June 2nd and 3rd in Reston, Virginia

    The design of stormwater infiltration BMPs—rain gardens, infiltration trenches and porous paving—depends on knowledge of the depth to the water table. This depth can be estimated by interpreting clues provided by soil morphology: the visible traits and conditions of the soil. In this technical class, experts from Virginia Tech and local government will describe the genesis, variability and morphology of Northern Virginia soils; how a soil’s observable traits can be used to determine the presence of the water table; and how this effects BMP design. Professional Engineers with geotechnical experience who pass the concluding test are certified to determine water table heights year round in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. Non-certified engineers must wait for certain seasons or exceptionally wet periods. Open to all professions. Continuing education credits will be provided. Registration is $125 by May 20th, $150 thereafter, and includes lunch and refreshments. Registration forms are available on the Virginia Association of Professional Soil Scientists website: http://www.vapss.org. Presented by the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, the Virginia Association of Professional Soil Scientists, Reston Association, and Virginia Tech.

    Cheers,

    Laura

     

    Morphology_Class_registration_flyer_2016.pdf

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    Free Pasture Management Seminar in Great Falls, VA

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    FREE seminar on Pasture Management

    Saturday, April 23, 2016

    12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

    The Saddlery

    731-E Walker Road
    Great Falls, VA 22066

    This special program tailored to the horse and agriculture community, features presentations by:

    Sarah Kirk, Horse Owner and President of The Saddlery, Inc.
    Eydie and Paul Blanchard, Owners and Operators of Three Star Farm, Inc in Clifton and Fairfax County’s 2015 Clean Water Farm Award Winners
    Willie Woode, Senior Conservation Specialist, Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District

    Space is limited!  To RSVP or for questions, contact:  Sarah.kirk@thesaddleryinc.com or willie.woode@fairfaxcounty.gov

    Co-hosted by the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District and The Saddlery, Inc of Great Falls

    Cheers,

    Laura

    Pasture-Management-Seminar-Flier-Program.pdf

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    NVSWCD’s 2016 Seedling Sale – Place Your Orders!!

    NVSWCD’s 2016 Seedling Sale

    The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District is now accepting orders for our annual native tree and shrub seedling sale. The theme for this year’s seedling sale is “Back by Popular Demand!” featuring shrubs and trees that have been routinely requested by our customers. These trees and shrubs help provide valuable habitat and add beauty to your landscape.

    The 2016 Shrub and Small Tree Package features 10 seedlings for $16.95. The Tree Package includes 6 seedlings for $11.95. A full, nonrefundable payment must accompany your order by Wednesday, April 20, or until supplies run out.  Pay online with a credit card, debit card or e-check at: http://nvswcd-velocitypayment-com.3dcartstores.com/

    Please note that we cannot ship packages.  Orders may be picked up on Friday, April 29 or Saturday, April 30 at the Fred M. Packard Center, 4022 Hummer Road, Annandale, VA.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 703-324-1460, TTY 711 or ConservationDistrict@fairfaxcounty.gov.

    Cheers,

    Laura Grape

    Executive Director
    Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District
    12055 Government Center Pkwy, Suite 905
    Fairfax, VA 22035

    laura.grape@fairfaxcounty.gov
    (o) 703-324-1425
    (f) 703-324-1421

    Providing Conservation Leadership in Fairfax County since 1945
    http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd

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    NVSWCD’s Annual Native Seedling Sale – Order Online!

    Naturally Beautiful – Annual District Seedling Sale Offers Low-Cost Trees and Shrubs to Residents

    The annual Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District seedling sale is underway!  Using native plants beautifies your home landscape, attracts wildlife, protects water and air quality, conserves energy and reduces carbon emissions.

    Two packages are available:

    Shrub and Small Tree package is offered for $16.95 and includes two each of the following species Redbud, Silky dogwood, Winterberry, Red Chokeberry, Arrowwood viburnum.
    Tree Package sells for $11.95 and is ideal for common areas or larger suburban yards and includes two each of the following: River birch, Willow oak, Shortleaf pine.

    **All species are native to Northern Virginia and were selected from the Plant NOVA Natives guidebook**

    Learn more, view pictures and place your order online (using credit card or electronic check) by visiting:  www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd/seedlingsale.htm  Orders must be made by April 22, and the seedlings will be available for pick up on May 1 or 2, at the Packard Center in Annandale, VA.  Shipping is not available.

    For more information, contact Kory Kreiseder at 703-324-1460 or kory.kreiseder@fairfaxcounty.gov.  For more information about the Plant NOVA Natives campaign, a regional effort to promote native plants in Northern Virginia and to see the guide, please visit:  http://www.plantnovanatives.org.

    Cheers,

    Laura

    Laura Grape

    Executive Director

    Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District

    12055 Government Center Pkwy, Suite 905

    Fairfax, VA 22035

    laura.grape@fairfaxcounty.gov

    (o) 703-324-1425

    (f) 703-324-1421

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    Administrative and Technical Assistant

    The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District (NVSWCD) seeks an enthusiastic and organized team player to fill our vacant Administrative and Technical Assistant position and provide valuable day-to-day operational and technical support to District staff. For the full position description, visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd/jobs.htm. Interested applicants should email their resume and cover letter to Laura Grape, Executive Director with NVSWCD at laura.grape@fairfaxcounty.gov by 5:00 PM, Sunday, August 11, 2013.
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    Administrative and Technical Assistant

    The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District (NVSWCD) seeks an enthusiastic and organized team player to fill our vacant Administrative and Technical Assistant position and provide valuable day-to-day operational and technical support to District staff. For the full position description, visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd/jobs.htm. Interested applicants should email their resume and cover letter to Laura Grape, Executive Director with NVSWCD at laura.grape@fairfaxcounty.gov by 5:00 PM, Sunday, August 11, 2013.
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    Administrative and Technical Assistant

    The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District (NVSWCD) seeks an enthusiastic and organized team player to fill our vacant Administrative and Technical Assistant position and provide valuable day-to-day operational and technical support to District staff. For the full position description, visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd/jobs.htm. Interested applicants should email their resume and cover letter to Laura Grape, Executive Director with NVSWCD at laura.grape@fairfaxcounty.gov by 5:00 PM, Sunday, August 11, 2013.
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    NERRS – Climate Training Workshop Resources

    Resources on planning for and adapting to climate change. Includes links to NOAA-CSC’s local strategies and other relevant sources.
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    December 16, 2009 Meeting Summary

    Summary of discussion from the December 16, 2009 workgroup meeting.
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    Economic Analysis Methods

    Presentation given by Laura Grape on methodologies applied by the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission, VA and Worcester County, MD to assess economic impacts from rising sea level.
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    Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Inundation in Northern Virginia

    Results from the June 2009 Hurricane Storm Surge Mapping for the D.C. Metro area, completed by FEMA/USACE. Visual overlap of areas inundated from relative sea level rise and storm surge by locality.
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    Prince William County Storm Surge Map

    Prince William County Storm Surge Map – FEMA/USACE June 2009
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    Fairfax County Storm Surge Map

    Fairfax County Storm Surge Map – FEMA/USACE June 2009
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    Cameron Run Levee Storm Surge Map

    Cameron Run Levee Storm Surge Map – FEMA/USACE June 2009
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    Arlington County Storm Surge Map

    Arlington County Storm Surge Map – FEMA/USACE June 2009
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