PL-566/534, Watershed Protection Projects
Conservation Incentive Program Fact Sheet

  • Program Name: Watershed Protection Projects
  • Abbreviation: PL-566/534CRP
  • Primary Goal: Provide protection and reduce flooding by land treatment activities.
  • Contact Agency:
  • Where Applicable: Project Sites (See description below).
  • Other Sources of Information: NRCS Offices

Prepared by Virginia State Technical Advisory Committee.

Program Description and Requirements

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers a cost-share program in specific project areas through local sponsors for land treatment activities under the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act (PL-566). Additional efforts are also carried out in the Potomac River Watershed under a similar program (PL-534).

In these project areas, landowners voluntarily request planning and financial assistance through NRCS to install needed soil and water conservation practices. These practices are contained in a conservation plan for the individual farm. After the plan is developed, a contract is signed between NRCS and the landowners to install these conservation practices over a number of years.

Areas currently with approved projects include: Opequon Creek in Frederick and Clarke Counties, Mill Creek in Page County (completed), Linville Creek in Rockingham County, Moffett Creek in Augusta County, Hays Creek in Augusta and Rockbridge Counties, Looney Mill Creek in Botetourt County, Copper Creek in Scott and Russell Counties, Three Creek Watershed in Washington and Smyth Counties, Cripple Creek in Wythe County, Sandy Creek in Pittsylvania and Halifax Counties, Upper Appomattox Watershed in Appomattox (closed to new applications), Buckingham and Prince Edward Counties, Pamunkey River Watershed in King William and Hanover Counties, and Chestnut Creek in Carroll and Grayson Counties.

Specific conservation practices will vary from project to project based on the natural resource concerns of the project area. Cost-share rates are approximately 65 percent of the cost of installation of the practice. Many project areas are authorized to pay a flat rate for each practice based on the average cost of that practice in the area.

All programs, activities, and services of the conservation partnership are available to people on a nondiscriminatory basis regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, physical ability, political affiliation, and marital or familial status. We are all equal opportunity employers.