Goals, Objectives and Methods

Goal

Protect and improve water quality in the Great Lakes by reducing sedimentation and nutrient runoff through financial incentives, information and education, and professional assistance.

Objectives

  1. Minimize off-site damage to fish and wildlife habitat, recreational activities, and the basin’s public works systems caused by sediment and nutrient runoff.
  2. Reduce the on-site damages caused by soil erosion and excess nutrient runoff on farms, streambanks and shorelines.

Methods

  • Recognizing sediment as an important pollutant and improving the linkage between erosion and sediment control and water quality programs;
  • Maintaining legislative recognition for the water quality problems associated with sedimentation and nutrient runoff;
  • Providing dedicated and reliable funding for the Great Lakes basin supporting the implementation of non-point source pollution (sediment and nutrient runoff) management programs;
  • Coordinating efforts, roles and initiatives between federal, state and local soil and water conservation and pollution control agencies and groups in the Great Lakes basin;
  • Building coalitions and networks that support the Great Lakes Soil and Nutrient Reduction Program;
  • Sharing and obtaining information on the economic and environmental damage caused by sedimentation and nutrient runoff.