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Cost Share Programs - Agricultural Cost Share Program (ACSP)


Riparian Buffer


A Riparian Buffer means a permanent, long-lived vegetative cover (grass, shrubs, trees, or a combination of vegetation types) established adjacent to and up-gradient from watercourses or water bodies to improve water quality. Benefits may include reduced soil erosion and nutrient delivery, sedimentation, pathogen contamination and pollution from dissolved, particulate and sediment-attached substances.


Maintenance Period 10 years
BMP Units Acres
Required Effects
  • Acres affected - (planted acres plus drainage area)
  • Soil saved
  • Nitrogen saved
  • Phosphorus saved
JAA/NRCS Standards
  • ECS - 391 - Riparian Forest Buffer if forested and greater than or equal to 35 feet.  Otherwise, follow ECS - 393 - Filter Strip

Cost Information
  • Average cost (75% or 90%)
CS2 Reference Materials
  • NC-ACSP 11 Signature Page
  • Map with BMP location, fields and roads
Additional Spot-check Requirements None

ACSP Policy Summary

Design Standards

Job Sheets


NCDA&CS Division of Soil & Water Conservation, Vernon Cox, Director
Mailing Address: 1614 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1614
Physical Address: 216 West Jones Street, Raleigh North Carolina 27603
Phone: 919.707.3770

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