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Technical Services - Planning and Design Tools

The following collection of design tools and resources are available to assist in the implementation of conservation practices.  If you have or are aware of additional tools and resources that should be shared with the conservation partnership please notify Jeff Young.

Agricultural Chemicals

Backyard Rain Garden

Conservation Planning

Conservation Plan Template

Disaster Response Worksheets

Engineering Field Tools (EFT) - NRCS

Science and Technology Conservation Tools Software - NRCS

This site includes, but is not limited to, the following tool downloads.

  • CGraz - A decision making tool for that assist in annual grazing management plans.
  • EFH-2 - Engineering Field Handbook - Hydrology
  • RUSLE 2 - Predicts sheet and rill erosion from rainfall or water
  • WinPond - Tool for the hydrologic and hydraulic design for small earthen ponds
  • WinPST - A pesticide environmental risk screening tool
  • WinTR55 - Tool for urban hydrology for small watersheds


NC Agricultural Nutrient Assessment Tool (NCANAT)

  • NCANAT Download - Includes Nitrogen Loss Estimation Worksheet (NLEW) and Phosphorus Loss Assessment Tool (PLAT)

Nutrient Management Software

Permit Considerations for Farm Ponds

Pond Planning and Design

Pond Sediment Removal

Plan of Action for High Freeboard

Rainwater Harvesting  Model - NCSU

This site includes an overview of cisterns, a cistern system layout, the computer model to assist in sizing a cistern and training materials.

Sludge Survey

Water Balance

Weather and Climate Data


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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