U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, announced $33 million in new federal resources available to farmers and producers to make necessary conservation improvements in areas with high priority watersheds -- including the Great Lakes, Ohio River, Gulf of Mexico, Chesapeake, and Mississippi River. The funding will be made available through the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) administered by the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).
"Increasing the tools and resources available to farmers to improve conservation methods is important to the overall vibrancy of our watersheds," Brown said. "As we have seen the past few years around Ohio, if run-off is not properly managed it can dramatically harm water quality. These new federal resources will help expand conservation practices, while bolstering the overall efficiency of our producers."
NRCS will prioritize funding to 174 watersheds in the United States where investment in conservation will make the largest water quality impact. In Ohio, funding will be available to farmers and producers in areas near the Brandywine Creek-Broken Sword Creek, which feeds into the Western Lake Erie Basin, as well as Fivemile Creek-East Fork Little Miami River and East Branch South Fork Sugar Creek, which feed into the Ohio River. Federal funds will combine with state funding and local partners to help provide additional assistance in watershed planning, conservation, and community outreach.
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