Essex County Soil & Water Conservation District will also receive $75,000 in funds to assist the owner of a 90-cow beef operation in Essex County to construct a large covering over their barnyard, and install other features that will reduce runoff from the farm and its discharge of nutrients to a nearby tributary to Lake Champlain.
Washington County Soil & Water Conservation District will receive $81,000 to assist the owner of a 200-cow dairy farm in Washington County to install a suite of "best management practices" designed to prevent clean storm water from contacting manure and causing nutrient runoff. These practices will include constructing a covering over the farm's barnyard and installing a roof water diversion system that will direct clean water runoff away from heavy use areas.
Washington County Soil & Water Conservation District will also receive $15,830 to assist the owner of a 175-cow Washington County dairy farm to install rainwater diversion systems and other drainage improvements in order to direct clean storm water away from an existing heavy use barnyard, thus preventing contact with manure and significantly reducing nutrient runoff into a nearby tributary of the Lake.
Funding for the projects comes from a settlement that a coalition of states and environmental groups - led by New York and the federal government - reached in 2007 with American Electric Power, the nation's largest power company, for violations of the federal Clean Air Act. As a result of the settlement, $500,000 was committed to addressing pollution reduction in Lake Champlain in coordination with the State of Vermont.