Goal, Objectives and Methods
Goal: Protect and improve water quality in the Great Lakes by reducing
soil erosion and controlling sedimentation through financial incentives, information
and education, and professional assistance.
- Minimize off-site damage to harbors, streams, fish and wildlife habitat,
recreational facilities, and the basin's public works systems caused by
- Reduce the on-site damages caused by soil erosion on farms, developments,
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 soil erosion and sedimentation;
- Providing dedicated and reliable funding for soil erosion and sediment
control projects in the Great Lakes basin supporting the implementation
of urban and rural non-point source pollution 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 Basin
- Sharing and obtaining information on the economic and environmental
damage caused by soil erosion and sedimentation.
§ 3839bb-3. Great Lakes Basin program for soil erosion and sediment control
(a) In general
The Secretary, in consultation with the Great Lakes Commission created by Article IV of the Great Lakes Basin Compact (82 Stat. 415) and in cooperation with the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Secretary of the Army, may carry out the Great Lakes basin program for soil erosion and sediment control (referred to in this section as the "program").
In carrying out the program, the Secretary may--
(1) provide project demonstration grants, provide technical assistance, and carry out information and education programs to improve water quality in the Great Lakes basin by reducing soil erosion and improving sediment control; and
(2) provide a priority for projects and activities that directly reduce soil erosion or improve sediment control.
(c) Authorization of appropriations
There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2002 through 2007.