For More Information

Nicole Zacharda
Program Manager
Great Lakes Commission
734-971-9135 Ext. 103
[email protected]

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Project Narrative

Agricultural producers in the Great Lakes basin have received over $100 million in incentives from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) since it began in 2010. The GLRI provides funding for on-the-ground agricultural conservation practices through federal and state programs that are intended to influence on-farm decision-making by offsetting the costs of implementing practices that can improve water quality. In addition, GLRI funding awards have been used to accelerate and broaden outreach to agricultural producers, educate producers about water quality issues, and inform environmentally sound on-farm decisions. To date, these targeted investments have not been comprehensively evaluated to assess their effectiveness and inform future investments in water quality. This project, Researching the Effectiveness of Agricultural Programs (REAP), examines the socio-economic impact of investments from GLRI-funded programs and projects aimed at increased adoption of conservation practices that improve water quality in the GLRI Priority Watersheds: Lower Fox River, WI; Saginaw River, MI; Maumee River, OH/IN/MI; and Genesee River, NY.

Over two years, beginning fall 2017, the GLC will be managing an interdisciplinary team of researchers and practitioners from Michigan State University and The Ohio State University, with input from a multi-sector Advisory Council with broad geographic representation. REAP will initially focus on all agricultural incentive programs and projects located within the four GLRI priority watersheds that have received or administered GLRI funds to improve water quality. Related state agricultural incentive programs will also be considered for inclusion in the study. In consultation with the project Advisory Council, the geographic focus will be further refined throughout the project’s two-year period to focus on GLRI-funded projects that are also within U.S. EPA-identified Phosphorus Priority Areas. The analysis will examine on-the-ground conservation practice installation; staffing and capacity to accelerate and broaden outreach and education to agricultural producers; and usefulness of watershed tools that estimate benefits of implementing conservation or aid in farm management decisions. The REAP project supports the GLRI Action Plan II goal of reducing nutrient loads from agricultural watersheds by providing detailed information on agriculture incentive program successes and opportunities for improved water quality benefits.

Project Partners

Funding

This project is supported with funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For More Information

Nicole Zacharda
Program Manager, Great Lakes Commission
734-971-9135 Ext. 103 [email protected]

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