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Montgomery and Schoharie county farms get $1M for water quality protection

State funds projects in Montgomery and Schoharie counties
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CAPITAL REGION — The state has awarded more than $1 million in grant money to help farmers in Montgomery and Schoharie counties protect local streams from agricultural runoff.

The local grants were included in $16.8 million awarded to county soil and water conservation districts across the state, according to a prepared statement.

“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,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a prepared statement.

The money can be used to assist with planning or carrying out projects to store and manage manure, as well as efforts like vegetation planting to reduce the amount of agricultural runoff that reaches streams. The money comes through the state’s Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control Program.

In Schoharie County, the Soil and Water Conservation District was awarded $781,473 for three projects. It is receiving $531,611 for a farm in the Fox Creek/Schoharie Creek watershed in Schoharie to increase manure storage to eliminate daily spreading, reduce soil erosion and stabilize stream banks; $224,450 for manure storage and reducing the potential for contamination at a farm in the Flat Creek watershed in Gilboa; and $25,412 to address runoff issues at a farm in the Cobleskill Creek watershed.

In Montgomery County, $248,163 was awarded for projects in the western part of the county. There was a $144,085 award to reduce the risk of corn silage runoff at a farm in the Otsquago Creek watershed in Fort Plain, and $104,078 for work to reduce runoff and agricultural waste management at a farm in the Schoharie Creek watershed. Both the Otsquago and Canajoharie creeks drain into the Mohawk River.

The grant program is administered by the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, with money from the state Environmental Protection Fund.

The program, on average, pays 75 percent of the cost of the work, and the farmer or the soil and water conservation districts pick up 25 percent, though the percentage can vary, according to Ag and Markets spokeswoman Kirstan Conley.

Reach Daily Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 518-395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

 

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