New GLRI Awards Announced

August 27, 2015

We are pleased to announce the awarding of 12 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) watershed grants under the Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program (GLSNRP).

GLRI funding of more than $1.7 million was provided by NRCS to reduce phosphorus runoff and sediment pollution in priority watersheds in the Great Lakes basin. The projects being funded are:

Sponsor State Title Amount Awarded
LaGrange County Soil & Water Conservation District IN Pigeon River Phosphorus and Sediment Reduction $250,000
The Nature Conservancy IN Removing Dissolved Phosphorus from Agricultural Drainage $170,856
Saginaw Bay Resource Conservation and Development MI Cass River Streambank Stabilization and Fish Habitat $30,000
Hillsdale Conservation District MI Phosphorus Reduction of the St. Joseph River/Lake Erie $113,126
Finger Lakes Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance NY Phosphorus Control in the Lake Ontario Basin $199,878
Erie County Soil & Water Conservation District NY West Cazenovia Creek Sediment and Nutrient Control Project $30,000
Conservation Action Project OH Subsurface Soil Incorporation of Phosphorus Fertilizer $193,180
Seneca Soil & Water Conservation District OH Phosphorus Reductions in Wolf Creek $235,949
Wood Soil & Water Conservation District OH Reducing Agricultural Sources of Phosphorus in the Maumee Watershed $244,413
Putnam Soil & Water Conservation District OH Sediment and Phosphorus Reduction in the Miller City Cutoff $247,763
Blanchard River Watershed Partnership OH Sediment and Phosphorus Reduction in the Middle Riley Creek $29,930
Fulton Soil & Water Conservation District OH Tiffin River Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Initiative $29,500

Every year, tons of phosphorus and sediments enter the Great Lakes basin, causing economic and environmental losses and damages. The GLSNRP strategically addresses this problem with a unique, targeted grass-roots approach that awards grants to nonfederal agencies and nonprofit organizations to implement sediment control practices in priority sediment-producing watersheds throughout the Great Lakes region.

“Implementing projects in priority areas is a great step in furthering our efforts to reduce phosphorus and sediment from entering the Great Lakes,” said GLC Acting Chair Jon Allan, director of Michigan’s Office of the Great Lakes. “Along with our federal partner, NRCS, these GLRI funds will invest much-needed resources at the local level to install conservation practices in critical Great Lakes watersheds.”

The GLRI funding builds on and accelerates ongoing efforts to reduce erosion to the Great Lakes. The GLC has been involved in reducing nonpoint source pollution, specifically sediment reduction, since 1988. In 1991 the GLC established the Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control, which became GLSNRP in 2015 to recognize the program’s increased emphasis on phosphorus reduction.

For more information, see full GLC press release: