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Virginia gets funds for bay cleanup

Virginia is receiving $1.75 million in federal funds to support the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay. Announced Thursday by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, the funding is through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its Regional Conservation Partnership Program. The funds will be used over the next four years to expand the use of fencing and other practices to prevent farm animals from wading into streams and fouling the water. The money will be used in areas where tributary streams drain into the bay. The governor’s office said most of funding will be paid directly to farmers. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation will receive $300,000. It will be distributed to the Department of Forestry and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to provide technical assistance on forested buffers on agricultural land.