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Technical Assistance

Agricultural Irrigation

Assistance is provided for irrigation systems evaluations, recommendations for improving systems efficiency, design of; underground mainlines, micro or drip systems and irrigation water management.

Agricultural Engineering Practices

Technical assistance is provided for the design and construction of grassed waterways, diversions, field drainage, Agricultural Handling Facilities and other engineering practices to control soil erosion, sedimentation and nonpoint source pollution.

Technical Assistance

Planning, surveying, design, layout, and supervision of practice installation including:

  • Farm Conservation Practices
  • Technical Assistance
  • Planning, surveying, design, layout, and supervision of practice installation including:
    • Farm Conservation Practices
    • Soil Erosion Control - including waterways, diversions, terraces, land smoothing and plant material data sheets.
    • Ponds – Management Recommendations.
    • Drainage Systems – Recommendations.
    • Agronomic Systems.
    • Irrigation Systems – Designs of Mainlines, Drip and Micro-Sprinkler
    • Systems and Management recommendations.
    • Agricultural Waste Systems.

All conservation practices must be installed according to USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Standards and Specifications. Soil Erosion Control - including waterways, diversions, terraces, land smoothing and plant material data sheets.

Agronomic Practices

Recommendations such as crop rotations and establishment of annual cover crops, are provided to help reduce soil erosion, improve soil quality and increase crop yields.

Nonpoint Source Pollution Control

Assistance is provided to agricultural producers for pest and nutrient management techniques which reduce the potential leaching of agricultural chemicals into the groundwater. Assistance is also provided to municipalities for reducing pollutant loading into surface water bodies from stormwater runoff.

NYSDEC Erosion & Sediment Control Training

Under the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Stormwater Permit GP-0-10-001, all developers, contractors, and subcontractors must identify at least one trained individual from their company that will be responsible for implementation of the SWPPP, and have at least one trained individual on site on a daily basis when soil disturbance activities are being performed. In addition, developers must have a qualified inspector conduct regular site inspections in accordance with GP-0-10-001.

*Qualified inspectors and trained individuals must have 4 hours of training in the principles and practices of erosion and sediment control endorsed by NYS DEC, SWCD, or CPESC Inc. (Training is valid for 3 years.) Training is not required for CPESC, LA, and PE certified persons.

LINPI

The Long Island Native Plant Initiative (LINPI) is a progressive all-volunteer cooperative effort of over 30 non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, nursery professionals, and citizens and spearheaded by Suffolk County Soil and Water Conservation District. The mission is to preserve the genetic heritage of Long Island’s native plant populations by conducting wildland seed collections, establishing commercial sources of ecotypic (i.e., genetically native) seed and plants for native plant production, contributing seed to a regional seed bank, fostering a demand for native plants and serving as a propagation resource for the nursery industry. For more information or to become a LINPI volunteer, please contact our office or visit.

Invasive Species

Invasive species are non-native (to the ecosystem in which they are introduced) plant, animal, insect, or microbe which causes or are likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm human health. These species are responsible highest declines in biodiversity next to development and in 1998, it was estimated that damages and subsequent control activities totaled over $138 billion. In an effort to help reduce the impacts of invasive species on agriculture and biodiversity, the District provides technical assistance on invasive species identification and management to growers, agencies, non-profit organizations and the general public. Further information on invasive species including the Suffolk County “Do Not Sell List” can be found at the Suffolk County Invasive Species Advisory Board link.

Native Plants

Native plants are critical structure of natural habitats providing food and shelter for pollinators, mammals, and insects while protecting soil, water, and air resources from erosion, pollution and degradation. The District provides native plant technical assistance on selecting appropriate species reflective of site conditions, plant requirements/tolerances, and management goals for agricultural and habitat restoration practices.

Suffolk County Government

H. Lee Dennison Bldg

100 Veterans Memorial Hwy
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Riverhead County Center

County Road 51
Riverhead, NY 11901