ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) -- Twenty four farms across New York State will be awarded nearly $9 million to implement water quality protection projects.

Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that funding provided through the third round of the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation Waster Storage and Transfer System Program will allow livestock farms to better manage and store nutrients such as manure to protect groundwater and nearby waterways.  This program is part of the governor's $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017, which invests resources for drinking water, wastewater infrastructure, and other water quality protections statewide.

"New York's farms are integral to regional economies across the state and play a critical role in environmental conservation," Governor Cuomo said. "These funds will help farms across the state offset the costs for implementing new and improved strategies for caring for the land and protecting our waterways."

These grants will help farmers meet Department of Environmental Conservation requirements and support the state's comprehensive effort to reduce the frequency of harmful algal blooms in upstate waterbodies.

Farms in 19 counties throughout the state will be able to use the grant money to offset the cost of construction, site preparation, and best management practices.  Included in this funding will be five farms across the Southern Tier in Chenango, Steuben, and Tompkins counties.

"The farming industry is critical to New York's bottom line and these water quality protection projects give farmers the financial support they need to operate responsibly while protecting public health and the environment," DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said.

Visit the governor's website for the full announcement.