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  • Summary date: Apr 26 2023 - View Summary

    Sets out NCGA findings addressing the financials of the Agricultural Cost Share Program managed by local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, specifically related to bacterial contamination of and sedimentation in the Upper French Broad River (River). Creates a pilot program to help farmers reduce the impact of livestock and resulting bacterial contamination and sedimentation impacts on the River.

    Appropriates $2 million in nonrecurring funds for 2023-24 fiscal year from the General Fund to the Agriculture Cost Share Program for Nonpoint Source Pollution Control (established in GS Chapter 106, Article 72). Cost share assistance goes to farmers located in the watershed of the River in Transylvania, Henderson, Buncombe, and Madison counties. Funds will be used for fences, alternative livestocwatering systems, pasture management, and other measures the local Soil and Water Protection District finds appropriate to keep livestock out of the River and waterways draining into it. Sets requirements and eligibility as related to GS 106-850(b) and GS 106-850(b)(5). Requires applicants to demonstrate measures they seek funding for will mitigate or prevent impacts from livestock. Effective July 1, 2023.