Basin Program awards more than $2 million in grants

Jul 28, 2005 | News and Announcements

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
[email protected]Monitoring Post-Stabilization Ravine Sites for Water, Sediment, and Ecological: $ 37,605
Northeastern IL University
Contact: Charles Shabica
[email protected]
Waukegan River Ravine Erosion Control: $125,000
City of Waukegan
Contact: John H. Moore
P.E.,[email protected]
Crooked Lake Sediment Control Project: $50,000
Crooked Lake Association
Contact: Keith Hoskins
[email protected]PBS Documentary: How Erosion and Sedimentation Impact the Maumee River Basin: $49,205
Fort Wayne City Utilities
Contact: Allison Van Zandt
[email protected]
Lake George Sediment Control Project: $100,000
City of Hobart
Contact: Mike Farrell
[email protected]
Benzie County Erosion and Sedimentation Reduction Initiative: $56,342
Benzie Conservation District
Contact: Ron Harrison
[email protected]Fairway Park Streambank Stabilization Project: Demonstrating Riparian Stewardship: $10,402
Friends of the Rouge
Contact: Sally Petrella
[email protected]Implementing and Promoting Low Impact Development for Soil Erosion and Sedimentation:$50,000
Midland Conservation District
Contact: Deborah Rogers
[email protected]Inadequately Designed Road Stream Crossings of Ogletree Creek: $48,830
Antrim Conservation District
Contact: Janet Person
[email protected]

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

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

Practical Stabilization of AG Land with Multiple Barriers to Soil Erosion: $50,373
Michigan State University
Contact: Timothy Harrigan
[email protected]Rice Creek Natural Stream Restoration Sediment Control Project: $42,500
City of Marshall
Contact: Gregg Strand
[email protected]Salt Creek Drain Erosion and Sedimentation Control Project:$99,000
Saginaw Bay RC&D Area, Inc.
Contact: Richard Kraatz
[email protected]Shoreline Restoration of Black Lagoon Along the Detroit River:$113,000
City of Trenton
Contact: Patrick Hawkins
[email protected]

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

Lake Superior Shoreline and Bank Stabilization at Glensheen Mansion – Phase II – Final:$38,475
Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
Contact: Marc Hershfield
[email protected]
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
[email protected]
New York
Centaur Stride Erosion and Sediment Control Project:$21,162
Seneca Trail Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc.
Contact: JoAnn Kurtis
[email protected]Fall Creek Streambank Stabilization Project: $25,612
Tompkins County Soil and Water Conservation District
Contact: Gordie Morgan
[email protected]Irondequoit Bay Erosion Abatement Project: $50,000
Town of Penfield
Contact: Geoffrey Benway
[email protected]McKinstry Creek Channel Restoration Project: $48,250
Cattaraugus County Soil & Water Conservation District
Contact: Brian Davis
[email protected]
Oneida Lake Watershed Erosion and Sediment Control Initiative:$20,129
Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board
Contact: Kathleen Bertuch
[email protected]Seneca River Watershed Agricultural Erosion Reduction Project: $13,428
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County
Contact: Kelly Fallone
[email protected]Chautauqua Creek Restoration Demonstration Project: $125,000
Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District
Contact: Dave Spann
[email protected]Erosion and Sediment Control on Grazing Farms in Onondaga and Cayuga Counties: $112,743
Onondaga County Soil and Water Conservation District
Contact: Chanda Lindsay
[email protected]
Construction Site Stormwater Control Education Project:$29,179
Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments
Contact: Kurt Erichsen P.E.
[email protected]Cuyahoga County Erosion and Sediment Control Through Stream and Wetland Setbacks:$50,000
Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District
Contact: Todd Houser
[email protected]
Honey Creek Sediment Control Project: $41,090
Seneca SWCD
Contact: Ann Keefe
[email protected]Designing Equine Facilities to Decrease Soil Erosion in the Lake Erie Watershed: $124,525
Ohio State University Extension
Contact: Gary Wilson
[email protected]
Penn State Behrend Erosion and Sediment Control Project:$43,350
Penn State University
Contact: David A. Skellie
[email protected]Elk Creek Stream Erosion and Sediment Control Project:$71,250
McKean Township
Contact: Edward Hess
[email protected]
Genesee River Headwaters Erosion and Sedimentation Control Project: $124,900
Potter County Conservation District
Contact: Jack Fleckenstein
[email protected]
A Watershed Management Strategy in the Marengo River Watershed: $49,450
Ashland, Bayfield, Douglas, Iron County Land&Water Conservation Department
Contact: Diane Daulton
[email protected]City of Milwaukee Erosion Control Information and Training Program: $50,000
City of Milwaukee
Contact: Martin Aquino
[email protected]Forest Road Building Erosion and Sediment Control Video:$27,210
Contact: Barbara M. Henderson
[email protected]

For immediate release: July 28, 2005
Contact: Gary Overmier, [email protected], 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


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