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1.4 Million Miles of Buffer Strips

posted on March 14, 2003

In the buffer zone.

1.4 (M) million miles of buffer strips have been installed to protect the nation's surface water from pollution.

That's 69% of the USDA's goal to establish two (M) million miles of strips along land to prevent pollution, including pesticide run-off.

Almost half of the buffer strips are enrolled in the continuous-sign-up Conservation Reserve Program or the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. Other acres are enrolled in a Wetlands Reserve Program or were built with the aid of the Natural Resources Conservation Service.


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