MADISON, Wis. -

Dane County and its farmers are teaming up to save area lakes.

The goal of the new county cost-share grant is to keep more phosphorus out of our lakes and reduce algae. The grant will pay for various practices that farmers can use to keep runoff from finding its way into nearby waterways.

Most eligible projects will get 90 percent county funding.

“We’re very excited here and we look forward to continuing to work on a partnership here with the county and that’s what it’s going to take. The farmers themselves can’t do it by themselves, just as the county can’t do it by itself. So it’s going to take a partnership of all of us working to meet water quality goals that we’re all looking for,” said Bob Uphoff, an area farmer.

Farmers interested in applying should call 608-224-3730. Applications are being accepted and will be awarded until the $750,000 grant runs out.