The Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share (MACS) Program provides farmers with grants to cover up to 87.5 percent of the cost to install conservation measures known as best management practices on their farms to prevent soil erosion, manage nutrients and safeguard water quality in streams, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. Grassed waterways planted to prevent gully erosion in farm fields, streamside buffers of grasses and trees planted to filter sediment and farm runoff, and animal waste management systems constructed to help farmers safely handle and store manure resources are among more than 30 best management practices currently eligible for cost-share grants.
The MACS Manual was updated October 2013. Make certain to download the latest version.
MACS MANUAL TABLE OF CONTENTS
SECTION I-Introduction and Overview
Introduction I-1Goal and Objectives I-2Program Overview I-4General Eligibility I-5Specific Eligibility Criteria and Guidelines I-6Application Procedures I-8Distribution of Cost-Share Funds I-11Project Monitoring By SCDs I-13Transfer of Property Guidelines I-14Conservation Grants Program Staff I-16
SECTION II - Eligible Best Management Practices and Cost-Share Rates
Eligible Practices and Cost-Share Rates (Numerical Order)
Eligible Practices and Cost-Share Rates (Alphabetical Order)
SECTION III - Forms and Instructions
SECTION IV - District Program Management
SECTION V - Appendix
Norman AstleProgram AdministratorPhone: 410-841-5864Fax: 410-841-5950
Office Address50 Harry S. Truman ParkwayAnnapolis, MD 21401
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401