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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 this 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

Network Effects Diagram

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

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Access Road (Ft.) (560) (9/2020)

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Agrichemical Handling Facility (No.) (309) (7/2021)

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Air Filtration and Scrubbing (No.) (371) (7/2021)

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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) (9/2020)

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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) (9/2020)

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Aquaculture Ponds (Ac.)  (397) (9/2020)

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

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Bivalve Aquaculture Gear and Biofouling Control (Ac.) (400) (9/2020)

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

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Channel Bed Stabilization (Ft.) (584) (7/2021)

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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) (9/2020)

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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) (10/2020)

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Dam, Diversion (No.) (348) (10/2020)

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

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Denitrifying Bioreactor (No.)(605)(9/2020)

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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) (10/2020)

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Dry Hydrant (No.) (432) (7/2021)

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Dust Management for Pen Surfaces (Ac.) (375) (7/2021)

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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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Energy Efficient Agricultural Operation (No.) (374) (7/2021)

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Energy Efficient Building Envelope (No.) (672) (7/2021)

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Energy Efficient Lighting System (No.)(670)(7/2021)

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

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Fence (Ft.) (382) (7/2021)

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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 Harvest Management (Ac.) (511) (10/2020)

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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) (10/2020)

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Grassed Waterway (Ac.) (412) (9/2020)

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

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Groundwater Testing (No.) (355) (10/2020)

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Heavy Use Area Protection (Sq. Ft.) (561) (9/2020)

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

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Herbaceous Weed Treatment (315) (Ac.) (10/2020)

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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) (10/2020)

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Irrigation Ditch Lining (Ft.) (428) (10/2020)

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Irrigation Field Ditch (Ft.) (388) (10/2020)

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Irrigation Land Leveling (Ac.) (464) (10/2020)

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Irrigation Pipeline  (Ft.) (430) (9/2020)

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Irrigation Reservoir (Ac-Ft) (436) (9/2020)

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Irrigation System, Microirrigation (Ac.) (441) (9/2020)

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

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Irrigation and Drainage Tailwater Recovery (No.) (447) (9/2020)

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Irrigation Water Management (Ac.) (449) (9/2020)

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Land Clearing (Ac.) (460) (9/2020)

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Land Reclamation, Abandoned Mined Land (Ac.) (543) (7/2021)

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Land Reclamation, Currently Mined Land (Ac.) (544) (8/2006)

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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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Lined Waterway or Outlet (Ft.) (468) (9/2020)

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Livestock Pipeline (Ft.) (516) (9/2020)

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Livestock Shelter Structure (no) (576) (9/2020) PDF PDF     PDF

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

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Monitoring Well (No.) (353) (9/2020)

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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) (9/2020)

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On-Farm Secondary Containment Facility (No.) (319) (7/2021) PDF PDF   PDF

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

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Pasture and Hay Planting (Ac.) (512) (10/2020)

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Pest Management Conservation System (Ac.) (595) (10/19R) PDF PDF PDF PDF

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

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

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

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Precision Land Forming and Smoothing (Ac.) (462) (7/2021)

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Prescribed Burning (Ac.) (338) (10/2020)

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

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Pumping Plant (No.) (533) (9/2020)

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Range Planting (Ac.) (550) (4/2010)

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

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Recreation Land Improvement and Protection (Ac.) (566) (7/2021)

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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) (10/2020)

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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 Wall Terrace (Ft.) (555) (9/2020)

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Roof Runoff Structure (No.) (558) (7/2021)

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

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Row Arrangement (Ac.) (557) (9/2020)

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Saline and Sodic Soil Management (Ac.) (610) (10/2020)

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Saturated Buffer (Ft.) (604) (9/2020) PDF PDF PDF PDF

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

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

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Sinkhole Treatment (No.) (527) (7/2021)

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Short Term Storage of Animal Waste and Byproducts (Cubic Yards) (318) (9/2020) PDF PDF   PDF

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

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 Spoil Disposal (Ac.) (572) (9/2020)

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Spring Development (No.) (574) (9/2020)

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Sprinkler System (Ac.) (442) (7/2021)

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Stormwater Runoff Control (No. and Ac.) (570) (9/2020)

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Streambank and Shoreline Protection (Ft.) (580) (10/2020)

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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   PDF

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

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Surface Drain, Field Ditch (Ft.) (607) (9/2020)

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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) (9/2020)

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Trails and Walkways (Ft.) (575) (9/2020)

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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) (10/2020)

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Underground Outlet (Ft.) (620) (9/2020)

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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) (7/2021)

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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) (7/2021)

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

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Waste Transfer (No.) (634) (7/2021)

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Waste Treatment (No.) (629) (9/2020)

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

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Wastewater Treatment, Milk House (No.) (627) (7/2021)

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

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Water Harvesting Catchment (No.) (636) (9/2020)

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Watering Facility (No.) (614) (9/2020)

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Waterspreading (Ac.) (640) (9/2020)

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Water Well (No.) (642) (10/2020)

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Well Decommissioning (No.) (351) (9/2020)

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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)

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Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment and Renovation (Ft.) (380) (7/2021)

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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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