The U.S. Department of Agriculture is sending $23 million to Washington state for five conservation programs, including work to preserve farmland, help fish runs and prevent soil erosion.
The Capital Press reports (http://is.gd/iOnyxK ) the federal dollars will be matched by conservation districts, tribes, nonprofit organizations and other groups involved in the projects.
The federal money comes from a new program created in the 2014 Farm Bill.
The projects include:
--A group of efforts in the Palouse Conservation District.
--Work led by Trout Unlimited on the Upper Columbia.
--Efforts to improve water quality and fish habitat in the Puget Sound.
--Water and fish habitat improvements led by the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakima Nation as well as the tribes of the Colville Reservation.