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Conservation Practices

Technical guides are the primary scientific references for NRCS. They contain technical information about the conservation of soil, water, air, and related plant and animal resources. Technical guides used in each field office are localized so that they apply specifically to the geographic area for which they are prepared. These documents are referred to as Field Office Technical Guides (FOTGs).

What follows on the is webpage is part of what makes up a Field Office Technical Guide. These documents are the foundation of what is in FOTG, but all of these may be edited at the local level. To find these documents at the local level, visit our FOTG website.

NOTICE - National Conservation Practice standards should not be used to plan, design or install a conservation practice. You must have the conservation practice standard developed by the state in which you are working to insure that you meet all state and local criteria, which may be more restrictive than national criteria.

Alphabetical Index

A -C,  D-F,   G-I,   K-M,   N-P,   Q-R,   S-T,   U-Z 

Conservation Practice Name (Units) (Code) (Date Issued)

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Info Sheet/ Practice Overview

CPPE

Job Sheet/ Implement Require

National Statement of Work Template

Network Effects Diagram

Access Control (Ac.) (472) (10/17)

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Access Road (Ft.) (560) (9/14)

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Agrichemical Handling Facility (No.) (309) (9/14)

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Air Filtration and Scrubbing (No.) (371) (4/10)

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Alley Cropping (Ac.) (311) (10/17)

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Amending Soil Properties with Gypsum Products (Ac.)(333)(6/15)

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Amendments for  Treatment of Agricultural Waste (AU) (591) (4/13)

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Anaerobic Digester (No.) (366) (10/17)

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Animal Mortality Facility (No.) (316) (9/15)

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Anionic Polyacrylamide (PAM) Application (Ac.) (450) (9/16)

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Aquaculture Ponds (Ac.)  (397) (1/10)

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Aquatic Organism Passage (Mi.) (396) (4/11)

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Bedding (Ac.) (310) (7/10)

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Bivalve Aquaculture Gear and Biofueling Control (Ac.) (400) (4/11)

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Building Envelope Improvement (No.) (672) (4/13R) PDF   PDF   DOC

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Brush Management (Ac.) (314) (3/17)

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Channel Bed Stabilization (Ft.) (584) (9/15)

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Clearing and Snagging (Ft.) (326) (5/16)

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Combustion System Improvement (No.) (372) (5/19)

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Composting Facility (No.) (317) (9/16)

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Conservation Cover (Ac.) (327) (9/14)

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Conservation Crop Rotation (Ac.) (328) (9/14)

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Constructed Wetland (Ac.) (656) (9/16)

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Contour Buffer Strips (Ac.) (332) (9/14)

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Contour Farming (Ac.) (330) (10/17)

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Contour Orchard and Other Perennial Crops (Ac.) (331) (9/15)

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Controlled Traffic Farming (Ac.)(334)(9/15)

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Cover Crop (Ac.) (340) (9/14)

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Critical Area Planting (Ac.) (342) (9/16)

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Cross Wind Ridges (Ac.) (588) (10/17)

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Cross Wind Trap Strips (Ac.)   (589c) (9/14)

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Dam (No.) (402) (10/17)

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Dam, Diversion (No.) (348) (5/11)

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Deep Tillage (Ac.) (324) (12/13)

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Denitrifying Bioreactor (No.)(605)(9/15)

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Dike (Ft.) (356) (11/02)

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Diversion (Ft.) (362) (5/16)

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Drainage Water Management (Ac.) (554) (9/16)

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Dry Hydrant (No.) (432) (9/11)

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Dust Control from Animal Activity on Open Lot Surfaces (Ac.) (375) (9/10)

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Dust Control on Unpaved Roads and Surfaces (Sq. Ft.) (373) (5/19)

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Early Successional Habitat Development/Management (Ac.) (647) (9/10)

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Emergency Animal Mortality Management (No.)(368)(9/15)

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Farmstead Energy Improvement (No.) (374) (5/11)

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Feed Management (AUs Affected) (592) (9/16)

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Fence (Ft.) (382) (4/13)

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Field Border (Ac.) (386) (9/16)

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Field Operations Emissions Reduction (Ac.)(376)(9/15)

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Filter Strip (Ac.) (393) (9/16)

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Firebreak (Ft.) (394) (9/10)

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Fish Raceway or Tank (Ft. and Ft3) (398) (5/16)

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Fishpond Management (Ac.) (399) (9/11)

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Forage and Biomass Planting (Ac.) (512) (1/10)

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Forage Harvest Management (Ac.) (511) (4/10)

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Forest Stand Improvement (Ac.) (666) (9/15)

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Forest Trails and Landings (Ac.) (655) (10/17)

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Fuel Break (Ac.) (383) (4/05)

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Grade Stabilization Structure (No.) (410) (9/14)

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Grassed Waterway (Ac.) (412) (9/14)

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Grazing Land Mechanical Treatment (Ac.) (548) (9/10)

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Groundwater Testing (No.) (355) (9/14)

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Heavy Use Area Protection (Sq. Ft.) (561) (9/14)

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Hedgerow Planting (Ft.) (422) (9/10)

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Herbaceous Weed Treatment (315) (Ac.) (3/17)

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Herbaceous Wind Barriers (Ft.) (603) (9/15)

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High Tunnel System (Sq.Ft.) (325) (3/15)

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Hillside Ditch (Ft.) (423) (10/17)

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Irrigation Canal or Lateral (Ft.) (320) (9/10)

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Irrigation Ditch Lining (Ft.) (428) (5/11)

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Irrigation Field Ditch (Ft.) (388) (4/11)

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Irrigation Land Leveling (Ac.) (464) (9/16)

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Irrigation Pipeline  (Ft.) (430) (5/11)

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Irrigation Reservoir (Ac-Ft) (436) (5/11)

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Irrigation System, Microirrigation (Ac.) (441) (9/15)

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Irrigation System, Surface and Subsurface (Ac.) (443) (9/16)

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Irrigation System, Tailwater Recovery (No.) (447) (9/14)

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Irrigation Water Management (Ac.) (449) (9/14)

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Karst Sinkhole Treatment (No.) (527) (9/15)

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Land Clearing (Ac.) (460) (9/11)

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Land Reclamation, Currently Mined Land (Ac.) (544) (8/06)

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Land Reclamation, Abandoned Mined Land (Ac.) (543) (8/06)

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Land Reclamation, Landslide Treatment (No. and Ac) (453) (2/05)

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Land Reclamation, Toxic Discharge Control (No.) (455) (4/05)

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Land Smoothing (Ac.) (466) (12/13)

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Lighting System Improvement (670) (4/13) PDF   PDF   DOC PDF              

Lined Waterway or Outlet (Ft.) (468) (3/17)

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Livestock Pipeline (Ft.) (516) (9/11)

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Livestock Shelter Structure (no) (576) (12/13) PDF       DOC  PDF

Mine Shaft and Adit Closing (No.) (457) (2/05)

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Mole Drain (Ft.) (482) (3/03)

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Monitoring Well (No.) (353) (9/14)

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Mulching (Ac.) (484) (10/17)

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Multi-Story Cropping (Ac.) (379) (7/10)

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Nutrient Management (Ac.) (590) (5/19)

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Obstruction Removal (Ac.) (500) (1/10)

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On-Farm Secondary Containment Facility (No.) (319) (9/14) PDF PDF     DOC PDF

Open Channel (Ft.) (582) (9/15)

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Pest Management Conservation System (Ac.) (595) (5/19) PDF PDF PDF   DOC PDF

Pond (No.) (378) (9/15)

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Pond Sealing or Lining - Compacted Soil (Ft2) (520) (5/16) PDF PDF     DOC PDF
Pond Sealing or Lining - Concrete (Ft2) (522) (5/16) PDF PDF     DOC PDF

Pond Sealing or Lining - Geomembrane  or Geosynthetic Clay Liner (No.) (521) (10/17)

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Precision Land Forming (Ac.) (462) (9/14)

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Prescribed Burning (Ac.) (338) (9/10)

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Prescribed Grazing (Ac.) (528) (3/17)

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Pumping Plant (No.) (533) (5/11)

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Range Planting (Ac.) (550) (4/10)

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Recreation Area Improvement (Ac.) (562) (10/77)

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Recreation Land Grading and Shaping (Ac.) (566) (4/13)

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Residue and Tillage Management, Reduced Till (Ac.) (345) (9/16)

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Residue and Tillage Management, No-Till (Ac.) (329) (9/16)

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Restoration of Rare or Declining Natural Communities (Ac.) (643) (3/17)

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Riparian Forest Buffer (Ac.) (391) (7/10)

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Riparian Herbaceous Cover (Ac.) (390) (9/10)

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Road/Trail/Landing Closure and Treatment (Ft.) (654) (10/17)

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Rock Barrier (Ft.) (555) (9/10)

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Roof Runoff Structure (No.) (558) (9/14)

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Roofs and Covers (No.) (367) (9/15)

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Row Arrangement (Ac.) (557) (4/13)

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Salinity and Sodic Soil Management (Ac.) (610) (9/10)

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Saturated Buffer (Ft.) (604) (5/16R2) PDF PDF PDF   DOC PDF

Sediment Basin (No.) (350) (5/16)

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Shallow Water Development and Management (Ac.) (646)(9/10)

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Short Term Storage of Animal Waste and Byproducts (Cubic Yards) (318) (9/14) PDF PDF   PDF DOC PDF

Silvopasture (Ac.) (381) (5/16)

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 Spoil Spreading (Ac.) (572) (1/10)

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Spring Development (No.) (574) (12/13)

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Sprinkler System (Ac.) (442) (9/15)

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Stormwater Runoff Control (No. and Ac.) (570) (9/10)

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Streambank and Shoreline Protection (Ft.) (580) (9/10)

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Stream Crossing (No.) (578) (10/17)

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Stream Habitat Improvement and Management (Ac.) (395) (5/19)

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Stripcropping (Ac.) (585) (10/17)

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Structure for Water Control (No.) (587) (10/17))

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Structures for Wildlife (No.) (649) (9/14) PDF PDF     DOC PDF

Subsurface Drain (Ft.) (606) (5/19)

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Surface Drain, Field Ditch (Ft.) (607) (9/15)

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Surface Drain, Main or Lateral (Ft.) (608) (9/15)

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Surface Roughening (Ac.) (609) (9/14)

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Terrace (Ft.) (600) (9/14)

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Trails and Walkways (Ft.) (575) (9/14)

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Tree/Shrub Establishment (Ac.) (612) (5/16)

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Tree/Shrub Pruning (Ac.) (660) (9/14)

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Tree/Shrub Site Preparation (Ac.) (490) (1/06)

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Underground Outlet (Ft.) (620) (12/13)

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Upland Wildlife Habitat Management (Ac.) (645) (9/10)

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Vegetated Treatment Area (Ac.) (635) (9/15)

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Vegetative Barrier (Ft.) (601) (9/15)

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Vertical Drain (No.) (630) (9/15)

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Waste Facility Closure (No.) (360) (5/19)

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Waste Recycling (No.) (633) (10/17)

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Waste Separation Facility (No.) (632) (4/13)

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Waste Storage Facility (No.) (313) (9/16)

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Waste Transfer (No.) (634) (9/14)

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Waste Treatment (No.) (629) (4/13)

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Waste Treatment Lagoon (No.) (359) (10/17)

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Water and Sediment Control Basin (No.) (638) (10/17)

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Water Harvesting Catchment (No.) (636) (9/10)

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Watering Facility (No.) (614) (9/14)

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Waterspreading (Ac.) (640) (4/13)

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Water Well (No.) (642) (9/14)

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Well Decommissioning (No.) (351) (9/14)

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Wetland Creation (Ac.) (658) (9/10)

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Wetland Enhancement (Ac.) (659) (9/10)

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Wetland Restoration (Ac.) (657) (9/10)

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Wetland Wildlife Habitat Management (Ac.) (644) (9/10)

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Wildlife Habitat Planting (Ac.) (420) (5/19) PDF PDF        

Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment (Ft.) (380) (5/11)

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Windbreak/Shelterbelt Renovation (Ft.) (650) (7/10)

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Woody Residue Treatment (Ac.) (384)  (10/17)

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