The U.S. Department of Agriculture Thursday (Oct. 1) announced it will commit $4 million in a first round of funding to help state in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
The money will go to New York, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia to help agricultural landowners
with accelerating stream and riverbank tree plantings that can reduce
soil sedimentation, field and animal waste runoff, improving water
Each state has been approved for an
additional $1 million under the USDA Conservation Reserve Enhancement
Program to increase or maintain acres enrolled in Chesapeake Bay
Riparian Forest Buffer conservation.
USDA challenged the states to craft
a proposal during a Chesapeake Bay summit in Washington, D.C. last
summer. In addition to the increased incentives for landowners, Farm
Service Agency offices in Maryland and Pennsylvania will receive support
to partner with stakeholders for improved outreach and technical