Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share Program

Heavy Use Area

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 (BMPs) 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 BMPs currently eligible for MACS grants.

The MACS Manual was updated October 2013. Make certain to download the latest version. 

MACS MANUAL TABLE OF CONTENTS

SECTION I-Intro and Overview

Introduction I-1
Goal and Objectives I-2
Program Overview I-4
General Eligibility I-5
Specific Eligibility Criteria and Guidelines I-6
Application Procedures I-8
Distribution of Cost-Share Funds I-11
Project Monitoring By SCDs I-13
Transfer of Property Guidelines I-14
Conservation 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

 

Contact Information

Norman Astle
Program Administrator
Phone: 410-841-5864
Fax: 410-841-5950

Office Address
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401

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