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CNY dairy farm wins national award for efforts to keep water supply clean

E-Z Acres' efforts to protect the watershed has earned McMahon national recognition.

Grout Brook is one of two streams that flow through Mike McMahon’s 2,300-acre dairy farm in Homer and McMahon is determined to keep that water clean.

McMahon, owner and operator of the E-Z Acres farm in Homer, has gone above and beyond to protect the watershed by planting thousands of Willow trees along the two streams that run through his 800-cow farm and hundreds of acres of grass on the surrounding hillsides.

The steps have helped him reduce the amount of phosphorus and nitrate runoff into the water by 30-percent. That's important because Grout Brook is the main feeder stream for Skaneateles Lake, which is the main source of drinking water for Syracuse.

E-Z Acres' efforts to protect the watershed has earned McMahon national recognition: the farm won the national top prize for "Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability" at this year's U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards. Three years ago, the farm took home New York state's top environmental honor, the Agricultural Environmental Management Award.

See our report about McMahon's award-winning efforts in the video player at the top of this page.

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