Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program

Every year, tons of polluting phosphorus and sediments enter the Great Lakes Basin, causing massive economic and environmental losses and damages and contributing to the formation of Harmful Algal Blooms and dead zones. The Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program was created by the Great Lakes Commission in 1988 to strategically address this problem with a unique, targeted grass roots approach which awards grants to nonfederal agencies and nonprofit organizations in priority watersheds to install on-the-land practices.

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The program has supported more than 490 projects to reduce the input of unwanted sediment, nutrients, and other sediment-borne pollutants into Great Lakes, reducing soil erosion by an estimated two million tons and phosphorus loadings by two million pounds.

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Project Narrative

The Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program provides demonstration grants to local and state units of government and nonprofit organizations to install erosion and sediment control practices in priority areas in the Great Lakes basin. Projects funded under the program are selected on a competitive basis and benefit all of the Great Lakes states and scores of congressional districts.

From 1991 through 2010, the program supported implementation of 429 locally sponsored projects to reduce erosion and sedimentation throughout the Great Lakes region. Since the introduction of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative program in 2010, an additional 62 projects have been funded. The program supports projects that normally cannot be funded by other U.S. EPA or USDA cost-share programs.

The Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program is a federal/state partnership managed by the Great Lakes Commission in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the eight Great Lakes states. It is directed by a regional Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Task Force that includes representatives from the eight Great Lakes states, NRCS, U.S. EPA, and USACE. The Task Force reviews yearly needs in the basin and adapts the grant program to meet current needs. It employs a rigorous review process that selects projects that are expected to generate the highest environmental and economic benefits for the Great Lakes region.

Project Partners

     

Funding

Funding is provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative under a cooperative agreement between the Great Lakes Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

For More Information

Gary Overmier
Project Manager
Great Lakes Commission
734-971-9135 x 106
garyo@glc.org

Michael Schneider
Program Specialist
734-971-9135 x129
michaels@glc.org

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