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THREE GRANTS APPROVED FOR WATER QUALITY COUNCIL

Three of five grants sought by the Cattaraugus County Water Quality Council or its agency members have been approved to fund programs to improve local indirect-source pollution.

Council Chairman Brian Davis said Thursday that the two remaining applications stand a good chance of being funded:

In February, the state Soil and Water Conservation Committee ranked as No. 1 the Council's request for $20,879.50 in state funding for an agricultural non-point source project in riparian protection and restoration project on Ischua Creek. Total project cost is $37,015.

The council's application for $40,500 in state money for a local roadside revegetation program recently received high ranking for further consideration in cooperation with Erie and Wyoming counties.

Already approved are:

A $240,000 grant for special projects in best management practices on farmland, administered by the Farm Service Agency and the Natural Resource Conservation Service.

A water quality education training curriculum for middle school teachers that Cornell Cooperative Extension is finalizing with a $2,300 state grant.

A Southern Tier West Regional Planning & Development award for a two-year technical assistance grant to municipalities in developing erosion and sediment control storm water management review procedures.

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