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Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Funding Opportunity

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (Department) and the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee (State Committee) invites Soil and Water Conservation Districts to submit proposals for funding under the Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) Program.  Funds are available for erosion and sediment control practices within the Genesee River Watershed. Proposals are due by May 11, 2015.

The Genesee River Watershed is a high priority area, primarily due to sources of sediment and phosphorus being discharged into Lake Ontario at Rochester, New York.  This area is known as the Rochester Embayment and is identified as an Area of Concern (AOC) via the Lake Ontario Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP).  Sediment and nutrients have caused degradation of water quality as evidenced by eutrophication in the near shore areas and outbreaks of harmful algal blooms around the mouth of the Genesee River.  Many of these pollutants originate from agricultural sources within tributary watersheds.  Addressing agricultural concerns has been a consideration of watershed planning efforts identified within the Lake Ontario LaMP, the Rochester Embayment AOC Restoration Action Plan and the Genesee River Basin Action Strategy.         

To address these concerns, the Department of Agriculture and Markets seeks to fund projects on agricultural lands that will reduce erosion and diminish the impacts of sediment and associated nutrients entering Lake Ontario via the Genesee River.  Funding is available on a competitive basis for high priority projects identified through the local AEM process up to $10,000. See their website for more information.