The USDA has announced funding is available for local farmers participating in its National Water Quality Initiative. The USDA selected the Clear-Brook Nanticoke Watershed as a high-priority watershed in Delaware. USDA hopes program dollars will be utilized by Sussex County farmers to make improvements on their land that will positively affect water quality. The Clear Brooke-Nanticoke Watershed lies in Western Sussex County, between Bridgeville and Seaford, 60 percent of the land in the watershed is agricultural, and the area is on the Delaware’s list of impaired watersheds due to excess nutrients. Interested producers are encouraged to submit applications by mid-February for priority consideration.