Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF-Sag Harbor) today announced that a $160,603 grant was awarded to the Suffolk County Soil & Water Conservation District to help protect Suffolk Countyísí water resources from potential agricultural runoff.
Assemblyman Thiele stated, "This grant will help Suffolk County farmers implement best management practices to keep our ground and surfaces waters clean. These efforts enable us to protect the environment, the farming industry, and our local economy.Ē
Grants to County Soil and Water Conservation Districts are part of the New York State Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control Program which is funded through the Environmental Protection Fund. The recipients were 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. Since 1993, New York State has dedicated more than $110 million for similar water quality projects.
A total of $10,682,229 was awarded statewide during this round of awards.