American Farmland Trust brought a delegation from New York City’s watershed to Suffolk County on Long Island this week. For over a century, New York City’s drinking water has come from reservoirs in the Catskill region. In the early 1990s, a voluntary program was established in the watershed to help farmers protect water quality, allowing the city to avoid filtering its water at a potential cost of billions of dollars. “This group will share valuable lessons learned about protecting New York City’s water supply by conserving farmland and help farmer use sound farming practices. In essence, farmland acts as a natural water filter for over 9 million people,” said David Haight, New York State director for American Farmland Trust. The farm tour and public forum is part of an initiative American Farmland Trust is undertaking in partnership to help farmers protect water quality by adopting cutting edge nutrient management and soil health practices.
“Riverhead farmer Phil Schmitt details conservation efforts at his farm” – Riverhead News-Review – June 22, 2014