COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho --- Federal officials awarded Idaho about $2 million in grants for ten projects intended to protect water quality.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the awards Thursday to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, said the Associated Press.
The money is aimed at nonpoint source pollutants that are not always subject to federal or state regulation.
The federal agency said that includes agricultural runoff, drainage from abandoned mines, unpermitted urban runoff and failing disposal systems.
Officials said about $200,000 will be used in a five-year study involving the Potlatch River in northern Idaho.
Around $165,000 will be used on about 1,000 acres of farmland to reduce sediment in the Lower Payette River,
Another $75,000 is headed to eastern Idaho for the Teton County Soil Health Initiative to compare cover crop and conservation tillage methods with conventionally farmed plots.