Worcester SCD

The Worcester Soil Conservation District is located on the southern tip of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Worcester County is unique because it drains to both the Chesapeake Bay and the inland bays of the Atlantic Ocean. The region is strongly influenced by the poultry industry, with cash grain farms comprising a large portion of the agricultural market. The Pocomoke River provides drainage to four of the top 30 priority watersheds for pollution potential to the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

Development pressures in the coastal areas have increased in recent years. The district’s urban responsibilities include the review and approval of erosion and sediment control plans for county and municipal construction projects. On the farm, district staff members work to develop Soil Conservation and Water Quality Plans (SCWQPs) to protect natural resources and farm profitability. The district promotes the Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share (MACS) Program, which has been widely used by farmers to help cover the costs of water quality improvement projects. The district also develops shallow water wildlife areas to help protect this environmentally-sensitive area. Additional priorities include implementing shoreline stabilization and coastal dune maintenance programs, helping farmers comply with Maryland’s nutrient management regulations and animal feeding operation requirements, and implementing Maryland’s Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP).

Contact Worcester SCD

Contact Worcester SCD

Doug Jones
District Manager
304 Commerce Street
Snow Hill, Maryland  21863-1008
Phone: (410) 632-5439
Fax: (410) 632-2732


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Worcester County, Maryland