WASHINGTON — An overwhelming response has prompted federal lawmakers to dump an additional $1 million into a program that will offer farmers assistance in reducing runoff into the Western Lake Erie basin.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) announced in a news release today that the additional funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service will be placed in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, a federal fund that allows farmers to apply for grants to plant winter crops to keep fertilizer from washing into the rivers.

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