The U.S. Agriculture Department will put up $33 million for grants and technical assistance to help American farmers and ranchers take steps to stop polluted storm runoff from gushing into 157 watersheds, including a small portion of the Chesapeake Bay.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the Water Quality Initiative on Tuesday to improve “impaired watersheds in every U.S. state and territory.” Vilsack called the push “a bold step . . . to improve water quality in some very challenging watersheds.”
Starting May 18, farmers, ranchers and forest landowners can apply for a grant and other assistance in what Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Dave White called a highly competitive process. Those in the eligible watersheds can apply by scheduling an appointment at their USDA service center or with a state conservationist. Applications for the program must be submitted by June 15.
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