AUBURN, NY – Gregory Kist, State Conservationist for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New York State, announced funding to help protect the Great Lakes as part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
NRCS will provide financial and technical resources to improve surface water quality contributing to Lake Ontario.
“The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding is provided by the Environmental Protection Agency to allow NRCS to target some of the greatest environmental threats of the Great Lakes,” said Kist.
In New York, the GLRI area includes portions of Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Wayne, Cayuga, Oswego, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Wyoming, Steuben, and Alleghany counties, which drain into Lake Ontario.
NRCS in New York receives funding to provide financial and technical assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to eligible landowners and farmers for conservation work.
GLRI focuses on practices that have the highest benefit for reducing water quality degradation due to agricultural runoff, including waste storage facilities, residue management no-till, and nutrient management.
This year NRCS will accept applications for funding through November 18.
Applications accepted after November 18 will be considered for funding in the next signup period.
To apply for funding through the GLRI program interested farmers and landowners should contact their local USDA office by the above listed signup date.
For more information on GLRI, visit www.epa.gov/greatlakes/glri/index.html
If you are interested in applying for a conservation program please visit our web site for information on applying at: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/ny/programs/financial/eqip/?cid=nrcs144p2_027058.
You may apply by visiting your local NRCS field office, which can be located using the web site: http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?state=NY.