Goals, Objectives and Methods


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


  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.


  • 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.