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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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