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New York granted $11 million to protect ground water


July 24, 2012
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July 24, 2012, New York – Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York state, has allowed $10.6 million in grants to
help 159 farms in 27 counties protect New York's lakes, streams and
rivers from agricultural runoff.

July 24, 2012, New York – Governor Andrew Cuomo has allowed $10.6 million in grants to
help 159 farms in 27 counties protect New York's lakes, streams and
rivers from agricultural runoff. The funds were granted, after a
competitive process, to county soil and water conservation districts to
help preserve water quality in major watersheds throughout New York state.

"New York's vast network of lakes, streams and rivers are a natural
treasure, enjoyed each year by our residents for recreational activities
as well providing a source of quality drinking water," Cuomo
said. "These grants will help our farmers implement safeguards to keep
potential agricultural runoff out of our water ways and preserve's New
York's natural beauty for future generations to enjoy, while supporting
jobs and economic activity in communities across the state."

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The grants are part of the New York State Agricultural Nonpoint
Source Abatement and Control Program, which is funded through the
Environmental Protection Fund. The recipients are chosen via a
competitive process that awards cost-share funding to county soil and
water districts to help farms address water quality challenges in
priority watersheds throughout the state. Eligible projects include
those that develop comprehensive nutrient management plans or implement
best management practices to protect water quality while maintaining the
economic viability of the farm. Examples of projects include grazing
systems to prevent soil erosion, vegetative buffers along streams to
filter runoff and nutrient management systems for watershed protection.