Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District


To promote the stewardship of soil and water and the conservation of our natural resources by educating and providing technical assistance to manage, protect, and enhance the land and water for the benefit and enjoyment of the citizens of Culpeper, Greene, Madison, Orange, and Rappahannock Counties.


To achieve clear, clean surface and ground water and improved soil conditions that enhance the intrinsic value of Culpeper, Greene, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock Counties.


  • Administer the Virginia Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMP) Cost-Share Program. Funded with state and federal funds, this incentive program is designed to improve the quality of state streams, rivers, and other water bodies through the implementation of BMPs. BMPs are designed to prevent soil erosion and minimize the introduction of nutrients, sediments, and toxins into water bodies. Sign-up for the program is on a continuous basis, and eligible applicants, once approved, may receive up to 75 percent of the BMP installation cost up to $50,000
  • Administer the Virginia Agricultural BMP Tax Credit Program. This program allows producers to take a 25% tax credit on their Virginia income taxes for their out of pocket expenses when BMPs are installed as outlined in an approved conservation plan.
  • Provide technical assistance. Technical assistance and information is provided outside of the cost-share program to all organizations, businesses, county governments, and individuals when requested. Information is available on soils, aerial photography, topographic maps, ponds, water management and protection, wetlands, grazing management for conservation and profitability, stormwater control, and many related topics.
  • Provide conservation planning for landowners and managers.
  • Host workshops, tours, field days, and provide educational programs and information to schools, the general public, legislators, and local governments.
  • Provide hands on classroom demonstrations and Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences for K-12 that correlate to the Virginia Standards of Learning.
  • Review site plans for erosion and sediment control and stormwater management and make site inspection for member counties.
  • Provide expertise and technical assistance for stream restoration projects.
  • Seek project grants for projects that improve soil and water quality.

Contact Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District

Greg Wichelns
District Manager
351 Lakeside Drive
Culpeper, Virginia  22701-1945
Phone: (540) 825-8591
Fax: (540) 825-8637


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Culpeper County, Virginia
  • Greene County, Virginia
  • Madison County, Virginia
  • Orange County, Virginia
  • Rappahannock County, Virginia

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Related Success Stories for Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District

Guildford Farm Conservation Development
Guildford Farm is a 35 lot Conservation Development that will protect 150 acre farm and wildlife preserve and buffer on key waterways. Houses and roads will use Low Impact Development, LID, methods.