At the end of September, the Center for Water Quality Excellence assisted the Center for Watershed Protection in preparing a grant application to the Lancaster Clean Water Fund Large Implementation Grants Program, on behalf of a Leacock Township farmer.
The CWQE has been working with Mr. Stoltzfoos since early spring 2022, when he contacted us about alternatives to stone-filled infiltration trenches as a means of stormwater management for his agricultural high tunnels. CWQE discussed possibilities including replacing the stone in the trenches with biochar and installing a riparian buffer along the stream on his property as stormwater controls, while also helping develop a funding strategy for these practices. CWQE's discussions with Mr. Stoltzfoos also led to discussions with leadership at Leacock Township, resulting in a support letter for the grant application.
For more information on biochar and stormwater management for agricultural high tunnels, see our article: High Tunnels and Stormwater Management
SOURCE: Leacock supervisors support farmer for grant to use biochar in stormwater management | Community News | lancasteronline.com
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