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$17,550 Grant Will Support Vt. Water Quality Projects

Berlin, Vt. — The White River Natural Resources Conservation District recently received a grant of $17,550 to help conserve and protect the water quality of the first branch of the White River. The grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation will support water quality projects on farms in Chelsea, Tunbridge, Royalton and Washington, Vt.

The projects reduce the amount of sediment and nutrient runoff into local waterways and also improve farm operations, working conditions, and animal health, the conservation district said in a recent news release.

Depending on a farmer’s interests, projects might involve installing fencing along streams, planting native trees and shrub buffers along streams, or creating barn roof runoff diversions, grazing plans, or composting facilities. Other possibilities include improving animal trails, barnyards and waste systems.

The conservation district and the Vermont Association of Conservation Districts will work together over the next year to identify and help interested farmers.

— Staff report