WEST CHESTER (August 1, 2017) – State Senator Andy Dinniman recently announced more than $300,000 in total funding for conservation projects to reduce the amount of water runoff from farms in southern Chester County to the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

“Agriculture is part of our heritage and an important vital part of our economy in Chester County. These grants will help farms and agricultural operations better protect our environmental resources by implementing best management practices to reduce runoff on important waterways and watersheds,” Dinniman, who serves on the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, said.

Four Chesapeake Bay Agriculture Special Project Grants were awarded to the Chester County Conservation District for agricultural best management practices to reduce the load of nutrients and sediment delivered to the Chesapeake Bay.

The grants, funded by federal dollars and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Projection, are as follows:

• $43,310 to implement stream buffer projects, including stream crossings, fencing, and riparian buffers, on three farms in non-contiguous watersheds in East Nottingham, Lower Oxford and Elk.

• $61,826.31 for the Rattlesnake Run Watershed – Cropland and Livestock project to implement structural agricultural best management practices on three farms previously visited by the EPA in Upper Oxford.

• $73,901 for the implementation of structural agricultural best management practices on animal waste storage facilities on two farms in non-contiguous watersheds in West Nottingham and Upper Oxford.

• $122,298 for the implementation of best management practices regarding the protection of concrete heavy use areas on mushroom farms in Oxford.

Under the Chesapeake Bay Agriculture Special Project Grant Program, eligible applicants should meet one of more elements of Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay Restoration Strategy, including addressing pollution reduction deficiencies, focusing on local water quality improvement and protection, and improving reporting, record keeping, and data systems.

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