objective of the program is to develop a tool for watershed planning
that is usable and will be used by stakeholders who make decisions
about soil conservation and non-point pollution prevention measures,
and by other stakeholders who might support these activities. Before
any model development is started for a particular tributary or watershed,
a working group is convened with representatives of agencies and organizations
from the watershed, including groups representing soil and water conservation,
Remedial Action Plans (RAPs), navigation, municipal and county planning
agencies, state and federal resource agencies. This working group helps
to define the scope and focus for the model to meet individual watershed
A Cooperative Initiative
The Great Lakes Commission provides technical and administrative support to the Corps in the implementation of this important initiative, as directed by Section 516(e) of the Water Resources Development Act of 1996 (PDF). The Commission helps to facilitate the Corps' coordination with the Great Lakes states and the Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control, a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant program for soil conservation that is managed by the Commission.
Planning and Prioritization
and Future Directions
The Corps is providing training sessions throughout the Great Lakes Basin on the use of web-based tools developed under this program. These tools enable even the more casual user the ability to examine the impacts of land use changes and best management practices (BMPs) for soil conservation and nonpoint source pollution prevention, and can continue to support watershed planning at smaller tributaries and sub-basins.
The Corps continues to seek partnerships to encourage the use of these models within watersheds to reduce the amount of sedimentation and pollution that occurs within Great Lakes tributaries. The value of this program will grow as model development becomes more integrated with watershed planning, TMDL evaluations, RAPs and Lakewide Management Plans (LaMPs).
Download the Great
Lakes Tributary Modeling Program Fact Sheet (09-2013)