Mike McMahon, owner of the 2,300-acre dairy farm, E-Z Acres, in Homer, New York, earned national recognition at this year's U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards for taking steps to protect Grout Brook, one of two streams that run through his dairy farm. He won the top prize for "Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability" by planting thousands of Willow trees along the two steams ensuring that the streams' water remains clean.
This is important because Grout Stream is the main feeder stream for Skaneateles Lake, which provides drinking water for the City of Syracuse. McMahon's efforts have helped reduce the amount of nitrate and phosphorus runoff into the water by 30 percent.
The is not the first time Mike has earn recognition. Three years ago, he received New York's top environmental award, the Agricultural Environmental Management Award. Congratulations to Mike McMahon and E-Z Acres Dairy! He is an individual making a difference in the lives of many Central New Yorkers!