New 2017 GLRI Awards Announced

August 10, 2017

We are pleased to announce the awarding of 18 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) watershed grants under the Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program (GLSNRP).

GLRI funding of more than $1.6 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
Steuben County Soil & Water Conservation District IN Pigeon Creek Watershed – Reducing Soil and Nutrient Runoff $75,000
LaPorte County Parks Department IN Trail Creek Bank Stabilization Project $50,000
Indiana State Department of Agriculture IN Promotion of 4Rs in Indiana with Partners $196,878
Lenawee Conservation District MI Watershed Wide Conservation $200,00
Lenawee Conservation District MI Closed Loop Drainage Water Management/Sub-Irrigation System $50,000
Macatawa Area Coordinating Council MI Macatawa Watershed Streambank Restoration $49,707
Macatawa Area Coordinating Council MI Two-stage Ditches in the Macatawa Watershed $49,967
Lenawee Conservation District MI Phosphorus Remediation Project $50,000
Mercer Soil and Conservation District OH Concentrated Flow Area Improvements – St. Mary’s River Watershed $25,083
Putnam Soil and Water Conservation District OH Watersheds in the Ottawa River Sediment Reduction Project $128,327
Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc. OH Chagrin River Sediment and Nutrient Reduction BMP Program $198,505
Blanchard River Watershed Partnership OH Innovative Practice to Reduce P Blanchard River Watershed $16,548
Fulton Soil and Water Conservation OH Central Fulton Conservation Project $168,000
City of Euclid OH Euclid Waterfront Improvements – Erosion Control $50,000
The Ohio State University OH Manure Utilization in the Silver, Wildcat, and Prairie Creeks $196,700
The Pennsylvania State University PA Walnut Creek Restoration at P.I. Downs and Casino $50,000
Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network, Inc. WI Pike River – Ravine Restoration $50,000
Sheboygan County Planning WI Elkhart Lake Iron-enhanced Drainage Project $10,000

Every year, phosphorus and sediments enter the Great Lakes basin through runoff, causing economic and environmental damage and contributing to the formation of Harmful Algal Blooms and dead zones. The Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program strategically addresses this problem through a unique, targeted grassroots approach that awards grants to state and local agencies and nonprofit organizations to control runoff of phosphorus and sediment into priority watersheds.

“I’d like to congratulate all of the recipients and thank them for protecting water quality in the Great Lakes by reducing the runoff of sediment and phosphorus in critical watersheds,” said Tim Eder, executive director of the Great Lakes Commission. “Projects like these demonstrate the power of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to generate economic and environmental benefits for communities across the region and is one more reason for Congress to 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, this program has supported 438 projects to reduce the input of unwanted sediment, nutrients, and other sediment-borne pollutants into the Great Lakes, reducing soil erosion by an estimated 2 million tons and phosphorus loading by 2 million pounds.

For more information, see the full GLC press release: