Funding Announced to Help NY Farms Improve Water Quality

By Joe Gullo

Published 06/25 2014 05:40PM

Updated 06/25 2014 05:45PM

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York Governor Cuomo announced $13.8 million to help improve water quality at more than 200 farms across the state. 

A press release says the grants will help implement best agricultural water management practices that protect the natural environment and local economy. 

“Investing in our farms will help keep our agricultural industry competitive while maintaining the high standards of agricultural products that the Empire State is known for,” said Governor Cuomo. “By enhancing conservation methods, we are ensuring the continued economic success of our farms as well as the protection of our natural resources. These grants will not only have an immediate effect on our agricultural sector but will also make New York a cleaner, greener, more sustainable state for future generations.” 

Amount of funding from the grants by county:

County Conservation District/County

State funds

# Farms

Allegany

$328,971.60

5

Broome

$173,555.00

5

Cattaraugus

$1,458,225.00

4

Cayuga

$1,509,584.00

14

Chautauqua

$528,874.37

2

Chenango

$515,050.00

4

Cortland

$162,809.00

2

Delaware

$543,492.00

18

Dutchess

$66,104.20

1

Essex

$218,883.17

5

Franklin

$313,357.00

1

Jefferson

$79,880.00

8

Lewis

$97,720.71

5

Madison

$836,108.90

12

Monroe

$223,539.94

9

Montgomery

$798,739.00

4

Niagara

$105,276.03

5

Oneida

$271,977.40

4

Onondaga

$653,809.20

15

Ontario

$152,770.00

4

Orange

$665,610.00

12

Orleans

$204,812.00

9

Otsego

$161,678.98

3

Rensselaer

$6,023.00

3

St. Lawrence

$319,030.00

2

Schoharie

$369,219.70

2

Schuyler

$1,683,820.00

20

Suffolk

$321,104.92

22

Tioga

$110,035.00

1

Ulster

$208,974.19

3

Washington

$520,970.00

4

Wayne

$233,148.50

4

Total                                      $13,843,152.81                                  212

For more information about Soil and Water Conservation Districts in New York State, please visit www.nys-soilandwater.org

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