Grants totaling $19,l25,000 have been awarded to 46 local governments and nonprofit groups to curb contaminated runoff. Projects are largely focused on changing farming practices that introduce sediment, synthetic chemicals and organic waste into waterways, as well as to erect barriers to contain fluid contamination. These projects have real potential for improving environmental quality. Follow-up is needed to evaluate the actual results.

The CMI funding adds up to more than $28 million already allocated to 73 watershed management projects.