Cortland County SWCD awarded over $330k to help four farms

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Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District was awarded over $330k to support conservation efforts at four area farms.

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An overall $4M package will help 80 farms across the state reduce their environmental footprints and prepare for extreme weather events caused by climate change.

Governor Cuomo said this will reduce greenhouse gases by an estimated 90,000 metric tons of CO2 per year — or as much as eliminating nearly 20,000 cars from the road.

See below for a full breakdown of projects in Cortland County:


— $43,185 awarded to work with a vegetable farm located in the Trout Brook Watershed on a NYS DEC-classified C(t) trout stream. The project has been identified as high priority in the Cortland County Multi Jurisdictional All-Hazard Mitigation Plan (AHMP).

The farm has experienced reoccurring flooding and streambank erosion and excessive gravel deposits have exacerbated this problem causing severe stream meanders, which are eroding the crop field banks.

This project proposes to implement a stream corridor rehabilitation plan through the installation of .5 acres of riparian forest buffer, removal of 1,000 ft. of berm and 500 ft. of streambank and shoreline protection.

Removal of the field berm will allow the stream to safely reconnect with its floodplain.

Implementation of the forested buffer will provide carbon sequestration and reduce GHG emissions.


— $75,910 awarded to work with a farm to restore a section of Trout Brook, which is classified by NYS DEC as a C(ts) stream, or trout spawning, and has a documented self-sustaining brook trout population.

This project proposes to implement a stream corridor rehabilitation plan on the farm through the installation of 4.7 acres of riparian forest buffer, 3,500 ft of buffer livestock exclusion fencing, and 500 ft. of streambank and shoreline protection, including 9 stream barbs designed to protect eroding streambanks.

Implementation of the 4.7-acre forested buffer will increase carbon sequestration and reduce GHG emissions.

Rehabilitation of this section of stream will enhance the farms resiliency and susceptibility to frequent and intense storm events, by stabilizing eroding banks, improving floodplain connectivity and reducing CO2 emissions.


— $136,395 awarded to implement a 65-acre prescribed rotational grazing system.

This system will include a 4-acre riparian forest buffer, fencing, access road improvement, water pipeline, and a stabilized stream crossing.

Implementation of the 4-acre forested buffer will protect over 1,000 ft of stream and two ponds while acting as a carbon sink, providing long-term carbon sequestration.

Implementation of the grazing system will enhance the farm’s resiliency and susceptibility to climate change from drought and intense storm events, improve water quality and soil health, and reduce CO2 emissions.


— $75,855 to work with a 46-acre NOFA- NY certified organic vegetable farm that is located in the Trout Brook
Watershed, and a NYS DEC classified C(t) trout stream.

This project will implement a stream corridor rehabilitation plan, including 2 acres of riparian forest buffer and 1,500 ft. of streambank and shoreline protection, including 22 stream barbs.

Implementation of the 2-acre forested buffer will provide carbon sequestration and reduce GHG
emissions.

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