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State awards $283K for water quality

ALBANY--Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday, Nov. 19, $283.060 has been awarded for the region to support agricultural water quality conservation projects.
The Finger Lakes area grant includes:
$283,060 was awarded to the Yates County Soil and Water Conservation District to work with 10 farms in the Keuka Lake Watershed. This project will:
• Work with landowners across the county to implement over 19 agricultural water quality best management practices (BMPs)
• Install stormwater control measures to separate and clean water
• Implement field mulching to improve soil health, lower erosion, and sequester carbon.
More than two dozen County Soil and Water Conservation Districts applied for the grants on behalf of farmers across the state. Some 90 farms will benefit from the Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control program, which provides funding to address water quality challenges in priority watersheds.
"It is critical that our waterways are free from contaminants and safe for all New Yorkers," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "This investment for 47 agricultural projects across the state will support conservation efforts, enhance and protect water quality, and help to ensure farmers have the tools they need to benefit both the environment and our economy. We are committed to investing to prevent pollution and promote the health and safety of all New Yorkers."
For a complete list of projects awarded, please visit the Department of Agriculture website.

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