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Potomac Farmers Work Together to Clean Up Watershed
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Potomac Farmers Work Together to Clean Up Watershed

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Farmers planted more than 1,000 acres of trees in the Potomac River watershed to battle pollution, but an advocacy group says they need more incentives to keep up the work.

Aimee Weldon of the Potomac Conservancy says more than 300 farmers also helped improve water quality by voluntarily building ponds and dewatering facilities that keep livestock out of streams.

Now, Weldon says, it's important to preserve green space.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting says Weldon's remarks came during a teleconference Thursday on the annual "State of the Nation's River" report.

Weldon says farmers want to minimize their environmental impact, but sometimes they need help.

She says local, state and federal incentives are needed to keep the cleanup work going.

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