Orleans County NRCD

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Manure Injection Field Day & Social Hour with FREE BEER!

Manure injection is an effective management strategy for maximizing the nutrients available to your crops and minimizing nitrogen loss and phosphorus runoff.  Join OCNRCD, NRCS, Mike Chaput of Chaput Family Farms, and Scott Magnan of Scott Magnan’s Custom Service for a workshop covering the ins and outs of manure injection systems on annual crops and on grassland.  Farmers will have the opportunity to get an up-close look at the Chaput dragline injection system and a VTI Vertical Tillage Injector toolbar, talk with custom applicators, discuss costs, and learn about financial assistance programs. 

Registation is requested by Friday, August 20th with Emily Finnegan at emily.finnegan@vt.nacdnet.net or 802-624-7022.

Find more details here.

A huge thank you to Kingdom Brewing for donating the beer!

Orleans County nrcd hosts the nek tri district meeting

The three Northeast Kingdom Conservation Districts had our Tri District annual meeting on August 19th in Westmore with 7 board members, NRCD staff and partners gathered to update each other on our work, interface with partners on relevant topics and visit with each other. After our presentations we all headed over to the Farm at Wheeler Mountain which is owned and operated by Orleans County NRCD board member, Joanna Lidback. She gave us a farm tour highlighting all the great conservation work they have completed with assistance from OCNRCD staff including technical and financial support through the USDA NRCS Memphremagog RCPP program.

Click here to check out the Lidback Farm Conservation Report that highlights their many accomplishments. 


Water Quality Reports and Resources


Check out our 2019 District Highlights Newsletter


The Orleans County Natural Resource Conservation District (OCNRCD) was established in 1946 as a non-regulatory organization led by local landowners. We strive to protect natural resources by seeking solutions to local environmental concerns and providing resources to address them.

Our current focus is to support Orleans County communities and landowners in their efforts to improve water quality issues. Our extensive partnerships with state, federal and local organizations enable us to coordinate resources locally to support conservation land use practices.



Mission Statement

Protect and enhance the soils and waters of Orleans County by providing leadership, education and services for implementation of sound land stewardship practices.

Contact us at:

59 Waterfront Plaza
Newport, VT 05855
(802) 334-6090 x 7008

Upcoming Workshops:

Manure Injection Field Day & Social Hour with FREE BEER & SNACKS!

Friday, August 27th
1-4 pm
Chaput Farm
2743 W Main St (Rt 105), North Troy
Please register by Friday, August 20th with Emily Finnegan, emily.finnegan@vt.nacdnet.net or 802-624-7022

The Science of Water Quality: A Workshop For Farm Employees

Date & Time TBD
Location TBD

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 Conservation Success Stories!

Orleans County NRCD highlights local farmers who reduced their nonpoint source pollution by installing best management practices that have measured phosphorous runoff reductions in Orleans County  watersheds!

Click here to read the Morin Farm over 85% phosphorus reduction success story.

Click here to read the McCormick Farm 50% phosphorus reduction success story.

“I don’t think people realize the effect that these projects can have on the environment.”

Amanda McCormick


“We are getting more milk and better quality since we completed all this work”, this is their third year of getting a quality milk award. Overall, the project “has brought us closer together as a family.”

Chad McCormick


“The project improved the farm because the cows are out of the mud, there is more room to feed in one place, it is easier to maintain, it helps my manure management, it looks a lot nicer and the work benefits the local waters because the cows are not going in the stream whenever they want.”

Andre Morin