2017 - 05

CTD Newsletter - May 2017

Nutrient Management (NMP) Training Update

The CTD and NRCS have been working hard to bring you a new and improved format for the Nutrient Management Planner (NMP) Training this year! To reduce travel costs and accommodate your busy schedule, we are trying a mixed virtual/video and classroom/field format this year. This also allows us to bring in a variety of experts, while also connecting you to other planners in the State. There is also a special one-on-one NMP plan development activity to get you jump started on your own NMP and allow you to ask instructors questions and get assistance.

If you are on the fence about this training, we are here to push you over! Sign up soon to reserve your spot (space is limited) and ensure you have of the prerequisites completed to attend.

NOTE: This training is a prerequisite for CNMP to be offered Spring 2018. (Want to know more about CNMP? Click HERE for details of upcoming webinar)

The details:

Nutrient Management Planner (NMP) Training

June 26-30, 2017

Kittitas Valley Event Center, Ellensburg, WA

This training provides the participant with a basic understanding of the science of nutrient management, as well as environmental concerns associated with the use of nutrients management measures, including environmental risk, and the processes that affect the movement of nutrients. In addition, this session will review the appropriate NRCS standards and documentation requirements.

For more information on the training, prerequisites, and to reserve your spot, click HERE

Required Prerequisites:

· NRCS Conservation Planning Course, Part 1 (Modules 1-5, AgLearn)

· NRCS Conservation Planning Course, Part 2 (Modules 6-8, Classroom & Plan) – Will need to submit certificate you earned from completing this course with application

· Nutrient Management Track, Part 1 (AgLearn, NEDC #00008)

· Intro to Water Quality (AgLearn, NEDC #000033)

· Air Quality, Climate Change and Energy (AgLearn, NEDC #000253)

Additional prerequisite criteria considerations:

· Read and review of the nutrient transport risk assessment tools including, Water Quality Indicator Tools (WQ Tech Note 1), Nitrogen Leaching Potential (WQ Tech Note 3), and Phosphorus Index (WQ Tech Note 2) (eFOTG, Section 1)

· Proficient in and/or attend a review webinar (May or June) for Wind and Water Erosion Technologies Training (RUSLE2/WEPS)

· Selection of mentor and plan site chosen prior to starting the class (instructions provided after registration)

Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planner (CNMP) Training Webinar

Considering attending Nutrient Management Planner (NMP) and/or Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planner (CNMP) Training, but not sure what it entails, or if it is even for you? The CTD is hosting a webinar to provide a background on why CNMP is important, what the difference is between an NMP and CNMP, and what you can expect to learn and gain from the CNMP training in Spring 2017. It will also go over the prerequisites for the CNMP course to get you jump started, as well as the outline of the process to get started on your CNMP TSP (Technical Service Provider) certification from NRCS. Lastly, American Farmland Trust will present a special CNMP funding opportunity for Puget Sound Districts at the end of the webinar.

WEBINAR: Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planner (CNMP) Training Overview

Join us for a webinar on May 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM PDT.

Register now! https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4833333651252211202

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

View System Requirements

For more info on the CNMP training: www.wactd.org/training

Questions: nembertson@whatcomcd.org

District Highlight: Getting to Know You

District Name: Pend Oreille Conservation District

Size: 1,426 sq. miles / 912,437 acres.

Population: 13,088 (as of 2015)

# Employees: 2

Main Programs: Natural Resource Investments (Non-Shellfish) Grants , Firewise Grants & Centennial Clean Water Grants

Most Proud of: Since 2016 POCD has been able to install 10,000 native plants and shrubs using WSCC non-shellfish funding in conjunction with USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service EQUIP funding. These plantings were implemented in partnership with 5 local cooperators who wanted to voluntarily restore their properties to their natural states and improve water quality for the entire county. In all, POCD is most proud of the relationships we have been able to build over the past two years with individual landowners.



  • Pend Oreille County Commissioners

  • Kalispel Tribe

  • County Weed Board

  • Fire Departments

  • Cooperative Extension

  • Neighboring CDs

  • Pend Oreille County PUD

  • St. George’s School

  • Library District

  • Whitworth University

  • Local School Districts


  • Washington State Conservation Commission

  • Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

  • Washington Department of Ecology

  • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)

  • Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA)

  • Washington Conservation Corps

  • Washington State Legislators

  • Fire Adapted Community Network

  • Washington Recreation & Conservation Office (RCO)

  • Washington Association of Conservation Districts (WACD)


  • USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

  • US Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Army Corps of Engineers

  • Federal Legislators

  • Ducks Unlimited

  • Trout Unlimited

  • Wild Turkey Federation

  • Safari Club International

  • National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD)

Fun Fact

Did you know...

Pend Oreille County has 89 lakes, 1,040 Miles of river and contains lands that are covered 78% by mixed conifer forests making it an amazing county to camp, kayak and hike.

Pend Oreille River Water Trail

NRCS Conservation Planner Status Update

Some of you may have heard that NRCS national changed their Conservation Planner certification requirements at the beginning of the year. NRCS Washington is currently working out the details on how to meet the requirements, and your CTD will keep you informed as that develops.

The good news is that those with a current NRCS planner certification level (i.e., apprentice, certified, or master) have a three year phase-in period to complete the new requirements to maintain their status.

As part of this change, NRCS is updating their Conservation Planner database to include NRCS partners. Their update will include making sure they have the current contact information for those folks who have completed the NRCS Conservation Planner Courses. The CTD is working to assist with this process for you. In addition, it is our understanding that NRCS is working with AgLearn to update individual District planner AgLearn accounts with the courses that are required to maintain their current planner status. This is a great reminder to log into your AgLearn account monthly to keep it activated!

We will keep you updated as more information is provided.

Featured Program: Skagit Conservation District - Small Farm Program

The Skagit Conservation District provides free technical assistance to local small farm landowners interested in improving their property and developing and implementing a farm plan. A farm plan is a series of actions developed to meet the goals of each individual landowner while protecting water quality and the natural resources.

Some of the things considered in a farm plan are farm size, soil type, slope of the land, proximity to streams or bodies of water, and types of livestock or crops.

Best Management Practices

Best Management Practices are defined as physical, structural or management practices that when used singly or in combination, prevent or reduce site-specific water quality problems. BMPs generally focus on prevention rather than the treatment of water pollution problems caused by agricultural related practices.

Because of the variability in sources, topography, climate, soils and other environmental factors, no one best management practice will be applicable to all activities or situations. Instead, BMPs must be tailored to the type of source, the physical conditions and environmental factors.

Cost Share Program

The Skagit Conservation District does have cost share funds available to small farm landowners to offset the cost of implementing some best management practices. To be eligible for cost share funds, the landowner must obtain a Conservation District approved conservation plan and complete a cost share application. For more information about cost share funds, please contact Jeff Frazier at the Skagit Conservation District by calling (360) 428-4313 or by e-mail at jeff@skagitcd.org.

Click HERE to view more about this great program provided by SCD.

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