Washington County Soil and Water District

Pictured above is The Soil Tent the division provides to the District for education outreach programs.

District Office Location:
407 NC Hwy 32 N Roper, NC P.O. Box 218


Phone: 252-791-0108 ext 3


Business Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm


Technician: Christopher Respess

NRCS Agent: Christopher Bullock


What We Do

Soil and Water Board Public Budget Meeting is Scheduled for May 20,2024. This meeting will be held at the FSA Office located at 407 HWY 32 N Roper NC 27970 at 8:00 AM. Link listed below is a copy of the Draft Budget.

The Washington County Soil & Water Conservation District has the responsibility of developing and carrying out a sound soil and water conservation program; a program necessary to the well-being of all people. The district works closely with the Natural Resource Conservation Service and other cooperating agencies to assist and educate landowners in proper use of the land. By providing information and technical assistance, the landowner gets the most from the land and the homeowner finds a way to solve a drainage problem around the home.
Our Mission: To provide quality service in natural resource conservation to the public of Washington County through technical excellence, education, and teamwork.

District Board

The Washington Soil & Water Conservation district’s operations are directed by a state governing board. Three members are elected officials and two are appointed by the Board and approved by the State soil & Water Conservation Commission. The Board positions are non-partisan positions. Following is a listing of our Board Members:

Gerda RhodesChairman2022-2026
Guy DavenportVice-Chair2022-2026
Don Small Appointed2020-2024
Justin Allen Elected2020-2024
Colby Davenport Appointed2022-2026

The Board establishes District programs, sets priorities for the District’s work, and approves and generally oversees the State Cost-Share Program activities. For additional information on Board activities, contact one of the members above or the District office.

North Carolina Cost Share Program

Technical assistance is available free to landowners in local Soil and Water Conservation Districts throughout North Carolina. Technicians help landowners install Best Management Practices (BMPs) that will improve water quality.


USDA Programs

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offers landowners financial, technical and educational assistance to implement conservation practices on privately owned land. Using this help farmers, ranchers and forest landowners apply practices that reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, and enhance crop land. forest land, wetlands and wildlife habitat. The incentives offered by USDA promote sustainable agricultural and forestry practices which protect and conserve valuable farm and forest land for future generations.
The following is a list of USDA programs that assist landowners in the protection of natural resources:

  • Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
  • Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
  • Forest Stewardship Program (FSP)
  • Forestry Incentives Program (FIP)
  • Small Watershed Program
  • Stewardship Incentive Program (SIP)
  • Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)
  • Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP)

For more information on these programs contact your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office.

North Carolina Soil & Water Conservation Commission 

Pictured above is a area that has had the original water levels established by removal of beaver dams in multiple sections of the stream.