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EPA Funds Projects to Improve Farms, Protect Water Quality

Stories of Progress in Achieving Healthy Waters

U.S. EPA Region 3 Water Protection Division

Honey Brook, Pennsylvania • August 2019

EPA funding for farm improvement projects in two Pennsylvania counties is contributing to healthy farms and clean water.

EPA worked with the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) to provide a total of $11.2 million to improve farm operations and local water quality throughout Chester and Lancaster counties.New Concrete Manure Storage Structure on the Kauffman farm in Honey Brook, PANew concrete manure storage structure on the Kauffman farm in Honey Brook, PA

The funding was provided by EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund though PENNVEST to the Chester County Conservation District (CCCD) and Team Ag, Inc., an agriculture consulting company.

One of the beneficiaries is Elmer Kauffman, an Amish dairy farmer with a herd of 100 cows in Honey Brook, Chester County.

He received $363,000 in funds to make a series of improvements on his operation, including a concrete manure storage structure, streambank fencing to keep his cows out of the stream, a stream crossing for his cows, and barnyard roof runoff controls.  These practices help to improve efficiency of his farm operations and protect local waterways that eventually lead to the Chesapeake Bay.

“The cleanliness of my herd is noticeably better.  This will also lead to better herd health,” said Mr. Kauffman.Stream crossing for cowsEPA funding helping to install stream crossings for cows.

Among the improvements, the new storage structure will collect manure from the cows, wastewater from the site’s milk house and runoff from areas of heavy use on the farm.“I am very impressed how Elmer and Team Ag worked together to develop and implement a whole farm conservation plan that addresses all of the natural resources concerns,” said Christian Strohmaier of the Chester County Conservation District.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
EPA Region 3 Water Division
Philadelphia, PA

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