Voluntary Stewardship Program

>>> Next VSP Work Group Meeting is at 2:30pm on May 29th at the Pomeroy Conservation District Office<<<

The Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) is an optional, incentive-based approach to protecting critical areas while promoting agriculture. 

The VSP is allowed under the Growth Management Act as an alternative to traditional approaches to critical areas protection, such as “no touch” buffers.  Twenty eight counties have “opted in” to the VSP by nominating one or more watersheds in their county where the program would apply.  Garfield County has received funding to develop a VSP work plan. 

The goals of the VSP program include:                                      

  • Upper Alpowa Watershed​​Promote plans to protect and enhance critical areas where agricultural activities are conducted, while maintaining and improving the long term viability of agriculture in the state of Washington and reducing the conversion of farmland to other uses.
  • Leverage existing resources by relying upon existing work and plans in counties and local watersheds, as well as existing state and federal programs to the maximum extent practicable to achieve program goals.
  • Encourage and foster a spirit of cooperation and partnership among county, tribal environmental, and agricultural interests to better assure program success.
  • Improve compliance with other laws designed to protect water quality and fish habitat.
  • Rely upon voluntary stewardship practices as the primary method of protecting critical areas and not require the cessation of agricultural activities (RCW 36.70A.700)

You can view more information about VSP on the Pomeroy Conservation website.  click here

Contact Information:

Duane Bartels
Pomeroy Conservation District Manager
Email : pcdistrict@qwestoffice.net
Phone : (509) 843-5008
Bradley Johnson
Palouse Conservation District Watershed Manager
Email : bradlyj@palousedcd.org
Phone : (509) 552-9562





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