Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control: 1991-2013

(Now known as the Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program)

Since its inception in 1991 through the 2010 grant year under the Great Lakes Basin Program, and from 2010 through 2013 under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Program.

Since its first grant program in 1991 through 2010, the Basin Program has supported implementation of 429 locally sponsored projects to reduce erosion and sedimentation throughout the Great Lakes region. During the last three fiscal years (2010 through 2013), Congress has appropriated funding for the program under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Nonpoint source pollution control was included as one of the restoration areas to receive funding.

The combined total number of funded projects from 1991 to 2013 is 479 and the total amount of grant dollars administered to these projects totals about $25.9 million.

Through Program Year 2010 under the original Great Lakes Basin Program, the completed projects have:

  • Resulted in an estimated 1.25 million tons of soil saved.
  • Stopped 1,650 tons of phosphorus from entering surface waters of the Great Lakes.
  • Reduced nitrogen inputs by 1,417 tons.
  • In addition, hundreds of thousands of stakeholders (including elected officials, farmers, developers, and residents) have been educated about the benefits of soil erosion and sediment control projects.

1991-2010 Great Lakes Basin Program Grants by State

State Number of Grants Total Funding
Illinois 13 $591,505
Indiana 28 $998,207
Michigan 124 $5,451,7941
Minnesota 43 $1,061,458
New York 84 $2,488,053
Ohio 58 $1,938,811
Pennsylvania 30 $1,051,922
Wisconsin 49 $1,544,2512
TOTAL 429 $15,140,977