Voluntary Stewardship Program

We provide electronic data and other planning and mapping resources to support counties that are planning under Washington’s Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP).

The Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) provides an alternative, incentive-based approach for counties to address fundamental goals of the state’s Growth Management Act (GMA) to:

“Protect and enhance critical areas within the area 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.” — RCW 36.70A.700

The Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC) oversees and administers funding for counties to develop and implement VSP work plans.

Ecology & VSP

We are interested in helping VSP watersheds achieve compliance with clean water requirements, and protect and restore critical areas. At this time, we have limited capacity to engage with the multiple VSP work plans being developed this biennium. While we are not able to participate in VSP technical committees or regularly attend meetings, we can provide the following information and technical support for these critical areas:

  • Wetlands
  • Critical aquifer recharge areas
  • Frequently flooded areas

As well as:

  • Clean water standards, including 303[d] listings, local plans, and TMDLs / nonpoint pollution
  • Shoreline management

We also respond to specific technical questions and review sections of draft VSP work plans addressing our areas of expertise.

VSP planning and mapping resources