WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced funding for a central Ohio water quality project that will help local farmers implement conservation and best management practices that improve water quality and increase wildlife habitat in the region. The funds are distributed through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) which was authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill.
"These funds will help improve the drinking water for thousands of Ohioans while increasing wildlife habitat," Brown said. "By helping Ohio farmers adopt innovative conversation practices, we can ensure that all Ohioans have access to clean, affordable drinking water while maintaining a robust agricultural economy."
"We are pleased that the Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District will receive approximately $1.3 million over 3 years through NRCS's Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) program to apply conservation for the protection of water quality," Terry Cosby, State Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service, said.
The Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District will receive approximately $1.3 million to improve the Upper Big Walnut Creek watershed which covers parts of five central Ohio counties. The watershed drains into the Hoover Reservoir, which serves as the largest source of drinking water for the city of Columbus and surrounding communities. This project will encourage farmers to voluntarily adopt best management practices that will improve water quality for the residents of Columbus, such as filter strips, and create a wildlife habitat in the region.
Brown chairs the U.S. Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Hunger, Nutrition, and Family Farms. He is the first Ohioan in more than 40 years to serve on the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee.