Urge USDA to Designate Long Island Sound and Peconic Bay as a Critical Conservation Area
Join Group for the East End in urging the USDA to designate the Long Island Sound and Peconic Bay Watersheds a Critical Conservation Area under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program.
This program will play a crucial role in helping Long Island water quality as well as Long Island farmers. The funding provided by the Regional Conservation Partnership Program would support agricultural practices that address water quality issues including, the purchase of conservation easements, nutrient management, cover crops, conservation tillage, alternative pest management and bio-controls, the use of controlled release fertilizers, well water testing, riparian buffers and filter strips.
The initiative would also provide assistance with soil help practices that are valuable to Long Island farmers and can aid in adaptation to severe weather patterns (which is ever more important since Superstorm Sandy).
Sample email language (feel free to copy and paste):
Dear Secretary Vilsack,
I am writing to strongly urge the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to designate the Long Island Sound and Peconic Bay watershed as a critical conservation area under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. Both Long Island Sound and Peconic Bay are critical to the economy of Long Island, and both are currently facing critical water quality issues. With thousands of acres of valuable farmland on Long Island involvement in this program will greatly help to protect our watersheds, while helping local farmers with much needed funding to support conservation efforts.
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