More than 4 MILLION dollars has been awarded for 11 agricultural water quality conservation projects, benefiting 16 farms in the Southern Tier.
The funding is provided to County Soil and Water Conservation Districts through the Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control Program. It allows farmers to address water quality challenges in priority watersheds while increasing productivity and economic activity, which complements the region’s economic growth strategy, Southern Tier Soaring.
Through this program, farmers will be better equipped to prevent water pollution, reduce erosion, and limit the amount of harmful sediments and other deposits in New York’s waterways. Through the program, County Soil and Water Conservation Districts apply for the competitive grants on behalf of farmers.
A record 125 applications were submitted for this latest round of funding that will support 50 projects statewide. The awarded applicants receive grants to conduct environmental planning or to implement best management practices, such as agricultural waste storage systems, conservation cover crops and structural soil conservation practices.