New GLRI Awards Announced

September 12, 2016

We are pleased to announce the awarding of 14 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) watershed grants under the Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program (GLSNRP).

GLRI funding of nearly $2 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 North Branch Elkhart River Phosphorus and Sediment  Reduction $200,000
City of Fort Wayne, IN IN St. Marys Small Scale Streambank Stabilization $30,000
Hillsdale Conservation District MI Michigan Phosphorus Reduction of the Tiffin River/Western Lake Erie Basin $199,998
Lenawee Conservation District MI Strip-till within the River Raisin Watershed $200,00
Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District MN Michaelson Stream Restoration Construction $75,276
Center for Environmental Initiatives, Inc. NY Upper Genesee River Streambank Stabilization – Caneadea, NY $101,767
Erie County Soil & Water Conservation District NY Cayuga Creek Sediment & Nutrient Reduction Project $179,680
Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District OH Sediment & Phosphorus Reduction in the Brights Ditch Watershed $199,356
Putnam Soil and Water OH Sediment and Phosphorus Reduction in the Cranberry Creek and Bear Creek $197,652
Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District OH Tiffin River and Bear Creek Watershed Improvement Plan – 19 $198,680
Mequon Nature Preserve, Inc. WI Mequon-Milwaukee Farmland to Pollution Control Project $30,000
Intertribal Agriculture Council (Oneida Tribe Wisconsin) WI Applying TEK to Reduce Phosphorus in the Lower Fox Area of Concern $30,000
Alliance for the Great Lakes WI Lower Fox Perennial Forage Project $164,876
Fond du Lac County Land and Water Conservation Dist. WI The Pipe “P” Trap: A Collaboration for Cleaner Waters $175,728

Every year, tons of polluting phosphorus and sediments enter the Great Lakes Basin, causing massive economic and environmental losses and damages and contributing to the formation of Harmful Algal Blooms and dead zones. The Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program strategically addresses this problem with a unique, targeted grass roots approach which awards grants to nonfederal agencies and nonprofit organizations in priority watersheds to install on-the-land practices.

“Congratulations to the all of the organizations involved for receiving this funding to protect water quality in the Great Lakes by reducing the runoff of sediment in critical watersheds,” said Tim Eder, executive director of the Great Lakes Commission. “This project[WU1]  is yet another example of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative generating important economic and environmental improvements in communities across the region, and highlights the need for Congress to reauthorize and fully fund the initiative.”

The Great Lakes Commission has a long history of working with local, state, and federal partners to reduce nonpoint source pollution through innovative and collaborative programs. Over its nearly thirty year history, Great Lakes and Nutrient Reduction Program has supported 429 projects to reduce the input of unwanted sediment, nutrients, and other sediment-borne pollutants into Great Lakes, reducing soil erosion by an estimated 1.6 million tons and phosphorus loadings by 1.6 million pounds.
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