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Local projects to improve Great Lakes water quality
Ann Arbor, Mich. -- Water quality and soil conservation in the Great Lakes states are getting a boost from a wide range of local projects that will promote erosion control, clearer streams and lakes, and sound land-use practices.
The Great Lakes Commission has selected 34 projects to share more than $715,000 in grants under its Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control. Funding is provided through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS).
"The Great Lakes Basin Program is a decade-long success story in state/federal/local partnership," said Nat Robinson, chairman of the Great Lakes Commission. "It's a great example of how we can improve water quality by promoting innovative land-use practices."
The projects (see full listing below) selected by the Commission range from information/education programs to physical measures designed to reduce erosion and improve water quality. Among them are the creation of buffer zones (grasses, shrubs and trees) to slow and filter stormwater runoff, prescribed grazing areas to protect grasses and other vegetation along streambanks, assistance for citizens and local officials in instituting stormwater and urban erosion controls, erosion control on rural construction sites, stream channel restoration and "soft engineering" installations along rivers and shorelines (i.e., covering shorelines with vegetation, matting or other material to hold soil in place).
"Improving Great Lakes water quality begins with sound land-use practices in our agricultural and urban areas," Robinson said. "It's projects like these that help improve and preserve the health of the entire Great Lakes ecosystem."
Since its creation in 1991, the Great Lakes Basin Program has supported 216 projects and invested more than $5.9 million in water quality improvement efforts, with an additional $3 million of non-federal matching funds applied to the projects. The Basin Program has placed well over 60,000 acres of land under some form of erosion and sediment control. In the process, the program has involved hundreds of community volunteers in watershed restoration projects, improved local ecosystems, and built support for ongoing environmental restoration efforts.
Successful applicants for this highly competitive grants program are chosen by the Commission's Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Task Force, comprised of state and federal officials.
The following local projects have been offered FY2002 funding under the Great Lakes Basin Program. Visit www.glc.org/basin/searchproject.html for information on previously funded projects.
Funded projects for Fiscal Year 2002
Indiana | Michigan | Minnesota | New York | Ohio | Pennsylvania | Wisconsin
Gratiot County Soil Erosion Control Program Development and Integration with County-wide Geographic Information System: $15,000
Kalamazoo River Watershed Erosion/Sedimentation Control Project: $23,746
Macomb Buffer Initiative: $15,500
Stream Channel Restoration Through Dam Removal: A Huron Pilot Project: $20,549
Using "Soft Engineering" To Control Erosion on the Lower Boardman: $20,686
Low Impact Development Demonstration Project: $25,000
Low-cost Shoreline Erosion Control Demonstration Project: $25,000
Cazenovia Creek Steambank Stabilization – Joint Board 18R: $25,000
Cazenovia Creek Steambank Stabilization – Joint Board 27R: $25,000
Erie County Phase II Stormwater Education Program: $18,000
Franklin-St. Lawrence Soil Protection and Stabilization Program: $28,500
Owasco Lake Tributary Assessment and Management Plan Development: $15,015
Prescribe Grazing Management Project: $24,976
Riparian Erosion Control Education Project: $16,725
Roadway Stormwater Management and Training Program Development: $36,050
Scajaquada Creek Streambank Restoration for Erosion Control: $24,829
Lake Erie Buffer Program GIS Development Project: $12,080
Partnership Implementation of NPDES Phase II Minimum Control Measures: $14,747
Rockin' and Rollin': School & Community NE Ohio Watershed Investigations: $6,500
Plum Creek Erosion Control and Sediment Reduction Project: $25,000
Stream Crossing Installation Videos and Powerpoint Presentations: $24,200
The Great Lakes Commission, chaired by Nathaniel E. Robinson (Wisconsin), is a nonpartisan, binational compact agency created by state and U.S. federal law and dedicated to promoting a strong economy, healthy environment and high quality of life for the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence region and its residents. The Commission consists of state legislators, agency officials, and governors' appointees from its eight member states. Associate membership for Ontario and Québec was established through the signing of a "Declaration of Partnership." The Commission maintains a formal Observer program involving U.S. and Canadian federal agencies, tribal authorities, binational agencies and other regional interests. The Commission offices are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.