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 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. 


SECTION I-Introduction 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


SECTION III - Forms and Instructions


SECTION IV - District Program Management


SECTION V - Appendix