PLATTSBURGH — Funding from New York state will bolster a number of water-quality projects on farms in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties.

In all, $16.8 million has been awarded to support 54 agricultural projects across the state, helping farmers prevent pollution of New York's waterways.

"Agriculture is one of New York's greatest economic drivers, and we will continue to assist farmers across the state as they work to deliver quality products while also conserving our treasured natural resources," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a news release.

"As the fight against climate change continues, New York is committed to leading the nation in agricultural best-practices that support hardworking farmers and protect the environment."

More than two dozen County Soil and Water Conservation Districts applied on behalf of farmers for the grants, which were awarded through the state's Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control Program.

The program assists with projects that involve environmental planning or implement best-management practice systems, such as nutrient management through manure storage, vegetative buffers along streams, conservation cover crops and other soil-conservation measures.

The awards here in the North Country are:

 

CLINTON COUNTY

Clinton County Soil and Water Conservation District will receive $222,975 to work with one farm in the Corbeau Creek Watershed, a tributary of Lake Champlain.

The project is designed to :

• Reduce the potential of manure runoff to surface and groundwater resources.

• Repair denuded walkways and prevent future soil degradation.

• Address goals identified in the Lake Champlain Total Maximum Daily Load.

 

ESSEX COUNTY

Essex County Soil and Water Conservation District will get $71,010 to work with a farm in the Boquet River Watershed, a tributary of Lake Champlain.

The project will:

• Reduce sediment erosion through the installation of stream crossings and laneways.

• Reduce nutrient runoff by improving management of livestock grazing.

• Address goals identified in the Lake Champlain Total Maximum Daily Load.

Another $76,000 will go to a second farm in the Boquet River Watershed.

That project will:

• Protect the economic viability of the county’s agricultural industry.

• Improve farm manure management and prevent high phosphorus manure from contaminating runoff.

• Address goals identified in the Lake Champlain Total Maximum Daily Load. 

 

FRANKLIN COUNTY

Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District was awarded $452,495 to work with one farm in the Chateaugay/Trout River Watershed.

The project will:

• Reduce runoff impacts on groundwater and surface water resources.

• Improve nutrient management by increasing the farm’s ability to store manure during high-risk spreading conditions.

Another $418,080 was given to Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District to work with one farm in the Little Salmon River Watershed.

The project will:

• Address resource concerns in the highest priority watershed within the county.

• Improve nutrient management to reduce contaminants to surface and ground water.

 

 

 

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