ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland Department of Agriculture has received $933,000 from the Chesapeake Bay Targeted Watersheds Grants Program for two projects on farms in the Choptank and Monocacy River watersheds.
Together, the projects are to reduce annual nitrogen pollution to the Bay's tributaries by more than 280,000 pounds.
"Maryland's farmers are committed to protecting the Chesapeake Bay and are national leaders in the implementation of on-farm resource conservation practices," said Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich. Agriculture Secretary Lewis R. Riley said,
"Over the years, farmers have spent millions of their own money, in addition to countless hours of labor, to match strong state and federal conservation funding," Riley said.
He said the new grants will help put "innovative best management practices on farms in two of the Bay's critical watersheds."