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Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District Awarded Funds By DEC

Yesterday, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation announced $350,000 dollars in grant awards to assist the DECs partners in the Finger Lakes watershed to restore and protect water quality. The funding comes via the DEC’s Finger Lakes Watershed Grants Program complemented by both federal and private, and DEC grant programs.

“The Finger Lakes region is an environmental, recreational, and economic treasure and investing in sustainable watershed practices in the Finger Lakes and across the state is essential for safeguarding water quality, restoring ecosystem health, and bolstering community resilience,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos.

The grants that were awarded will go towards assisting municipalities, soil and water conservation districts, colleges and universities, and not-for-profit organizations continue to fund their projects designed to preserve and protect the Finger Lakes watershed.

In the funding, the Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District was awarded $30,000 dollars for their project in the Cayuga and Skaneateles Lake watershed. The project is to establish a forest riparian buffers and vernal pools to slow runoff, mitigate flood, and filter sediment and nutrients.

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