John Marshall SWCD’s 2010
Nomination for the
Clean Water Farm Award
George R. Thompson
George R. Thompson
Owns and manages several farms within the Carter Run
Watershed near Marshall, VA
In FY 2009 the District and Mr. Thompson began discussing
possible conservation measures on Clover Hill, Waveland,
Wright, and Payne Farms.
These farms were prioritized due to their large undivided grazing
units and unrestricted cattle access to streams.
The District was particularly interested in these farms since
Carter Run was on DEQs impaired waters list due to high levels
As a result of these discussions, Mr. Thompson initiated
conservation measures on Clover Hill in February of 2009
Approximately 1,600 acres located at the confluence of
Horner Run and Carter Run just south of Marshall
A mixture of beef cattle and cropland
370 acres of open land
1,230 acres of mixed hardwoods
Under conservation easement with The Nature
• Stream fencing
• Alternative water
• Stream crossing
• Rotational grazing
Rare freshwater mussels were found in Carter Run by wildlife
biologists as part of the Environmental Evaluation.
Mr. Thompson's interest in alternative energy inspired him to
utilize solar power to lift water from the well to two reservoirs.
Over O 5,100 ft of f pipe i and d th three Mi MiraFount F tttroughs h were iinstalled t ll d
downhill of the two reservoirs to provide an alternative water
source for the livestock.
This stream crossing over Horner Run was installed to facilitate
rotational grazing and provide limited stream access.
• 7,650 ft of stream
• Protected 10,500
ft of stream bank
• Created 15 acres of
Waveland Farm consists of about 1,600 acres located
between Horner Run and Carter Run south of Marshall.
The farm is a mixture of pasture and cropland with 840
acres open land and 760 acres of mixed hardwoods.
This practice addressed over 475 acres of pasture.
Made possible by combining funding from the CREP,
TMDL, and VACS programs due to its size and scope.
Proposed Conservation Practices for Waveland Farm
With a considerable need for water, the decision was made to drill a well near
the historic house at Waveland. Mr. Thompson is pictured here identifying the
location of an old slave cabin that needed to be avoided during construction .
• pumping plant
• 12,200 ft of 2-inch PVC pipe
• 13 frost-proof troughs
• five culvert stream
• two ford stream
To T protect t twater t quality lit 29,300 ft of f stream t protection t ti ffence
installed along Horner Run and tributaries protecting over 28,000 ft of
As part of the CREP practice, 30 acres of hardwood trees were planted
along stream corridors. When combined with other fenced areas, a
total of 68 acres has been dedicated to riparian buffers.
Located south of Marshall on Carter Run Road
and straddles the main stem of Carter Run
Approximately 200 acres of land
80 acres of pasture
120 acres of mixed hardwood forest
Run as part of a larger beef operation
• 1,480 ft of
• two frostproof
6,070 fft of ff fence was installed i ll dprotecting i over 18,000 feet f of fstream bbank k
and creating over 40 acres of riparian buffer.
Wright Farm As-Built
Located just south of Marshall on Carter Run Road and
borders the Wright Farm
Approximately 90 acres of land
60 acres in pasture
30 acres in mixed hardwood forests
Includes both beef cattle and a horse boarding facility
2,600 ft of pipeline and four frost-proof troughs were installed in each field to
facilitate rotational grazing for the livestock.
This culvert stream crossing was installed to facilitate the movement
of livestock and machinery through the fenced area.
7,600 7 600 ftoffencewas ft of fence was installed protecting over 11 11,000 000 ftof ft of stream bank
and 12 acres of riparian buffer.
Payne Farm As-Built
In September b 2010, Mr. M Thompson Th was one of f two farms f that h hhosted da BMP
highlighting local conservation efforts. Here he is demonstrating the
mechanics of the solar pumping plant he installed on Clover Hill.
More good things to come!
During the last two years, Mr. Thompson has protected over 70,000
feet of stream bank and over 135 acres of riparian buffer. His efforts in
conservation have proven he is a true conservation farmer.
THE JOHN MARSHALL SWCD
would like to recognize
George R. Thompson
for his outstanding conservation
and land stewardship.