The money is part of $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. Here are the projects that were approved in Cayuga County: Cayuga Lake Watershed- Prescribed Grazing Management BMP Kalet Farm Driscoll Farm Fleming Homestead Farm Owasco Lake Watershed- Prescribed Grazing Management BMP Altman Farm Botsford Farm Bengeyfield Farm Phillips Dairy Owasco Lake Watershed- Cover Crop BMP Sheppard Farm Sampson Dairy Jenny Dairy Cayuga Lake Watershed- Manure Management- Manure Storage Van Nostrand Dairy Seneca River Watershed- Manure Management- Manure Storage Lincoln Dairy Farm 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. Since 1993, New York State has dedicated more than $110 million for similar water quality projects.

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