Friday, October 2, 2015

New York to Get Federal Money for Chesapeake Bay Watershed Conservation Work

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 quality.

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 assistance.

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