Farmers and ranchers in the Monterey Bay region are set to receive close to $1 million ($925,000, to be exact) in technical and financial support from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in California. The funds are the result of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program for improved water quality in the area.
The Monterey Bay Conservation Program came about after the region was selected by the Obama administration as one of three special “America’s Great Outdoors” initiative areas. The NRCS worked with local partners to determine the best use for the resources.
"I am thrilled that NRCS is making this additional funding available to help our local farmers and ranchers take the necessary steps to address water quality and use, forestry and other agricultural concerns this year," said U.S. Representative Sam Farr in a press release. "This is a win for both our innovative agriculture and our spectacular environment we enjoy on the Central Coast because it will reduce nutrients, pathogens and sediment loads entering Monterey Bay."
Primary concerns for the region include dealing with excessive runoff, flooding, wind erosion and water quality, just to name a few. Ranchers and farmers from the eligible counties (Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo and San Luis Obispo) interested in applying to get involved with the program should visit http://www.ca.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/.