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:
|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: http://www.glc.org/news/sediment-081017