USDA Sending $23M to Washington for Conservation Programs

January 19, 2015 10:32 AM
USDA Sending $23M to Washington for Conservation Programs

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 ( ) 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.

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