ANNAPOLIS, Md - Efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay could be aided by a piece of a $100 million grant, allocated for regions picked by the United States Department of Agriculture.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said the the Chesapeake Bay region has been elected one of eight Critical Conservation Areas, as part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, according to a release. The Chesapeake Bay region will be eligible to compete for a share of $100 million annually.
"Reducing pollution from agricultural runoff is one of the most cost effective ways to improve water quality, and Bay jurisdictions are relying heavily on these pollution reductions to achieve their clean water goals. As a result, this conservation funding is crucial to implementing the Clean Water Blueprint and restoring our rivers, streams and the Chesapeake Bay,” Beth McGee, senior water quality scientist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, said in a release.
The conservation partnership replaces several programs from the previous Farm Bill, to include a program that was focused on farmers in the region.
The current program will aid farmers in carrying out various conservation measures that are necessary to accomplish the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint goals, according to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.