Thirty nine projects have been selected by the Great Lakes Commission to share $2.2 million in grant funding under its Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control. The Basin Program improves Great Lakes water quality by promoting erosion and sediment control and sound land-use practices through demonstration grants, technical assistance and information/education projects in the Great Lakes states.

The total is the most annual funding ever awarded under the highly competitive grants program, which is conducted through a cooperative agreement between the Great Lakes Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service. Grant recipients are selected by the Commission’s Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Task Force, comprised of state and federal officials.

Grants were awarded to projects in all eight Great Lakes states. Projects range in scale from $10,400 for a streambank stabilization and public education project at a public park on Michigan’s Rouge River up to $125,000 to stabilize 12 acres of eroding riverbank and reduce flow velocities that are causing excessive channel downcutting on the north fork of Illinois’ Waukegan River.

To date, the Basin Program has supported 340 projects and invested nearly $10 million in water quality improvement efforts, with more than $5 million in additional nonfederal matching funds applied to the projects. In the process, the program has involved hundreds of community volunteers in watershed improvement projects, improved local ecosystems, and built support for ongoing environmental restoration efforts.

“The Great Lakes Basin Program is a decade-long success story in state / federal / local partnership,” explains Tom Huntley, chair of the Great Lakes Commission. “It’s a great example of how we can improve water quality by promoting innovative land-use practices.”

The following 39 projects, pending the signing of grant agreements, have been selected for PY2005 funding under the Program. Visit for information on past projects funded by the Great Lakes Basin Program.

Fort Sheridan IL Ravine Project for Scott Loop: $50,000
Friends of Fort Sheridan
Contact: Michael Mariano
michael.mariano@unisys.comMonitoring Post-Stabilization Ravine Sites for Water, Sediment, and Ecological: $ 37,605
Northeastern IL University
Contact: Charles Shabica
Waukegan River Ravine Erosion Control: $125,000
City of Waukegan
Contact: John H. Moore
Crooked Lake Sediment Control Project: $50,000
Crooked Lake Association
Contact: Keith Hoskins
keith@poolnspa.comPBS Documentary: How Erosion and Sedimentation Impact the Maumee River Basin: $49,205
Fort Wayne City Utilities
Contact: Allison Van Zandt
Lake George Sediment Control Project: $100,000
City of Hobart
Contact: Mike Farrell
Benzie County Erosion and Sedimentation Reduction Initiative: $56,342
Benzie Conservation District
Contact: Ron Harrison
ronharrison@charterinternet.comFairway Park Streambank Stabilization Project: Demonstrating Riparian Stewardship: $10,402
Friends of the Rouge
Contact: Sally Petrella
picoordinator@therouge.orgImplementing and Promoting Low Impact Development for Soil Erosion and Sedimentation:$50,000
Midland Conservation District
Contact: Deborah Rogers

Inadequately Designed Road Stream Crossings of Ogletree Creek: $48,830
Antrim Conservation District
Contact: Janet Person

Nash Creek Erosion and Sedimentation Control Project:$43,245
Kent County Drain Commissioner
Contact: Thomas Bennett

Pere Marquette Headwaters Erosion Control Project: $25,000
Pere Marquette River Watershed Council
Contact: Fred McLane

Practical Stabilization of AG Land with Multiple Barriers to Soil Erosion: $50,373
Michigan State University
Contact: Timothy Harrigan
harriga1@msu.eduRice Creek Natural Stream Restoration Sediment Control Project: $42,500
City of Marshall
Contact: Gregg Strand
gregg.strand@macd.orgSalt Creek Drain Erosion and Sedimentation Control Project:$99,000
Saginaw Bay RC&D Area, Inc.
Contact: Richard Kraatz

Shoreline Restoration of Black Lagoon Along the Detroit River:$113,000
City of Trenton
Contact: Patrick Hawkins

The Noordeloos Creek Sedimentation Project: $87,500
Macatawa Area Coordinating Council
Contact: Beth McDonald

Lake Superior Shoreline and Bank Stabilization at Glensheen Mansion – Phase II – Final:$38,475
Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
Contact: Marc Hershfield
Minnesota’s Lake Superior Basin Forestry BMP Implementation for Erosion and Sediment Control:$81,500
Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District
Contact: Brad Matlack, 218-384-3891
New York
Centaur Stride Erosion and Sediment Control Project:$21,162
Seneca Trail Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc.
Contact: JoAnn Kurtis
senecatrailrcd@yahoo.comFall Creek Streambank Stabilization Project: $25,612
Tompkins County Soil and Water Conservation District
Contact: Gordie Morgan
flyfish2277@yahoo.comIrondequoit Bay Erosion Abatement Project: $50,000
Town of Penfield
Contact: Geoffrey Benway

McKinstry Creek Channel Restoration Project: $48,250
Cattaraugus County Soil & Water Conservation District
Contact: Brian Davis

Oneida Lake Watershed Erosion and Sediment Control Initiative:$20,129
Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board
Contact: Kathleen Bertuch
bertuch@cnyrpdb.orgSeneca River Watershed Agricultural Erosion Reduction Project: $13,428
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County
Contact: Kelly Fallone
kms58@cornell.eduChautauqua Creek Restoration Demonstration Project: $125,000
Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District
Contact: Dave Spann

Erosion and Sediment Control on Grazing Farms in Onondaga and Cayuga Counties: $112,743
Onondaga County Soil and Water Conservation District
Contact: Chanda Lindsay

Construction Site Stormwater Control Education Project:$29,179
Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments
Contact: Kurt Erichsen P.E.
kurt@tmacog.orgCuyahoga County Erosion and Sediment Control Through Stream and Wetland Setbacks:$50,000
Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District
Contact: Todd Houser
Honey Creek Sediment Control Project: $41,090
Seneca SWCD
Contact: Ann Keefe
ann-keefe@oh.nacdnet.orgDesigning Equine Facilities to Decrease Soil Erosion in the Lake Erie Watershed: $124,525
Ohio State University Extension
Contact: Gary Wilson
Penn State Behrend Erosion and Sediment Control Project:$43,350
Penn State University
Contact: David A. Skellie
dus18@psu.eduElk Creek Stream Erosion and Sediment Control Project:$71,250
McKean Township
Contact: Edward Hess
Genesee River Headwaters Erosion and Sedimentation Control Project: $124,900
Potter County Conservation District
Contact: Jack Fleckenstein
A Watershed Management Strategy in the Marengo River Watershed: $49,450
Ashland, Bayfield, Douglas, Iron County Land&Water Conservation Department
Contact: Diane Daulton
ddaulton@centurytel.netCity of Milwaukee Erosion Control Information and Training Program: $50,000
City of Milwaukee
Contact: Martin Aquino
maquin@mpw.netForest Road Building Erosion and Sediment Control Video:$27,210
Contact: Barbara M. Henderson

For immediate release: July 28, 2005
Contact: Gary Overmier,, office: 734-971-9135, web:


The Great Lakes Commission, chaired by Lt. Gov. John Cherry (Mich.), is an interstate compact agency established under 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 governors’ appointees, state legislators, and agency officials 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 formalObserver 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