County gets $105K
water supply grant

WHITESTOWN — Oneida County Soil and Water Conservation District has been awarded nearly $105,000 by the state.

The SWCD is one of 27 counties to receive funding from a $10.6 million grant to help a total of 159 farms to protect New York’s lakes, streams and rivers from potential agricultural runoff. Lewis County Soil and Water Conservation District received $305,725 while the Madison County got $86,453.

The grants are part of the state Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control Program, which is funded through the Environmental Protection Fund. Recipients are chosen through a competitive process that awards cost-share funding to county soil and water districts to help farms address water quality challenges in priority watersheds.

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.