The Small Acreage program, funded by the Clean Water Program
in partnership with WSU
Clark County Extension provides educational workshops and
other outreach to residents on how to manage issues such as mud
and manure management, fencing and pasture management, and
other water quality topics unique to rural properties.
The goal of the Small Acreage program is to reduce pollution entering storm and surface water coming from residential and agricultural properties by giving residents the knowledge and skills necessary to manage their land and animals in a way that will help keep water clean.
For information on the Small Acreage Program or Living on the Land curriculum, contact:
Doug Stienbarger, Extension Director
(360) 397-6060 ext. 7716
For information about upcoming workshops and classes, contact:
Matt Vesh, Program Coordinator
(360) 397-6060 ext. 7720
The Small Acreage program offers workshops throughout the year
on issues of interest to rural landowners. Topics include mud
and manure management, pasture management, wells and septic maintenance,
and fencing for livestock.
For those who wish more in-depth information, the program also offers a 12-week series, Living on the Land: Stewardship for Small Acreages. Graduates of this training come away with a workable plan for their property that they created themselves based on what they learned in class. Living on the Land is offered twice annually, in the winter and fall.
The saying "a picture is worth a thousand words" is often true.
Tours of farms and properties that follow clean water management
practices, such as guttering to reduce mud, fencing to keep animals
from eroding streams, composting of manure, and siting of outbuildings
to improve efficiency, help participants see what is possible
on their own property.
Small Acreage Recognition Program
The Clean Water Program wishes to publicly recognize residents
who are implementing clean water management practices on
their acreage. If you or someone you know are doing good things
on their small farms or rural property to protect our
water, please let us know. Call the Small Acreage Program Coordinator,
Erin Harwood at (360) 397-6060 ext. 7720.
Sheets from WSU Extension:
Simple Steps to Protect Your Surface and Well Water (PDF - 150K)
Keeping Clean Water Clean and Reducing Mud: Managing Roof Runoff (PDF - 227K)
Management Practices for Small Acreages: Keeping Water Clean (PDF - 548K)
Small Acreage Resource List (PDF - 207K)
Current Use Taxation (PDF - 216K)
What Can You Do On Your Land - Frequently Asked Questions (PDF - 402K)
Constructing Ponds and Water Features - What Does It Take? (PDF - 517K)
Small Acreage Program Annual Reports