Eight Western New York livestock farms will benefit from a portion of a $20 million award from New York State's $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday.
Three farms each in both Chautauqua and Allegany counties are on the list of 56 farms statewide. Grants there will total nearly $2 million. One farm each in Erie and Cattaraugus counties will also benefit.
"These grants ... will help our state's hardworking farm families safeguard our water quality while ensuring the economic well-being of New York's agricultural community," said Basil Seggos, Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner.
Excess agricultural runoff pollutes creeks, streams and lakes and promotes the growth of bacteria and harmful algae.
The grants will help livestock farms "better manage and store nutrients, such as manure, to protect groundwater and nearby waterways," according to a statement from Cuomo's office.