The Piedmont Triad is set to benefit from $100,000 in environmental grants. The funding was announced on Thursday by state Attorney General Josh Stein.

The money is part of North Carolina’s Environmental Enhancement Grant program, which is awarding an overall $2.5 million statewide in 2022.  

In the Triad, the Piedmont Land Conservancy will receive $50,000 toward the purchase of over 18 acres of land in Stokes County. Stein notes in a press release that the funding will help conserve wildlife habitat and protect the health of the Dan River while ensuring clean water sources for Stokes County residents.

Another grant beneficiary is the Piedmont Triad Regional Council, which sponsors High Point Clean Streams. This is an 18-month program aimed at raising environmental awareness. In his statement, Stein praised the educational aspect of the program.

North Carolina’s Environment Enhancement grants are the result of an agreement with Smithfield Foods. The state has awarded over $41 million to environmental projects since the agreement was reached in 2000.

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