Melissa Davlin reports despite budget cuts, Idaho’s agriculture and environmental agencies are still trucking along. And in some cases, they’re seeing a lot of success.

On Wednesday, the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, Soil and Water Conservation Commission, Office of Species Conservation and Department of Environmental Quality all presented their budget requests to legislators. While funding cuts have forced some departments to find alternative funding sources and restructure their programs, Wednesday’s presenters said they’re still making progress on their goals.

The DEQ supported the governor’s recommendation of a $61.3 million departmental budget. During her presentation to the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, director Toni Hardesty cited recent successful programs, including resettlement ponds in Twin Falls that reduced water pollution and drinking water loans that made it possible for small communities to update their water systems.

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