Federal Grant to Help Va. Farmers Save the Bay

Aug 29, 2012

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has been awarded a $198,740 grant to work with farmers in Virginia.

The funding announced Tuesday from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will help the Chesapeake Bay Foundation train more Virginia farmers on sustainable grazing management and other environmental-friendly practices. The objective of the partnership is to reduce the flow of pollutants and sediments into the Chesapeake Bay.

The bay is amid a massive restoration effort directed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland are among the states working to bring the bay back.

The bay foundation is also working with Virginia farmers to ensure their livestock don't foul streams that feed the bay.