New York watershed farm panel, DEP extend agreement
August 22, 2019 by The Daily Star
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection and the Watershed Agricultural Council on Aug. 5 announced a $92 million contract to continue protecting water quality and promoting working landscapes in the NYC watershed through 2025.
The contract, among other things, allows additional funding to accelerate implementation of best management practices on farms; expansion of the Nutrient Management Credit Program, which gives financial incentives to farmers who follow a plan for the spreading of manure and/or fertilizer on their fields to minimize nutrient runoff into nearby streams; and the development of a pilot program to preserve buffer lands along streams, creeks and rivers. | READ MORE