The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) has announced that nearly $900,000 in grants have been awarded to seven U.S. organizations to reduce the runoff of sediment, nutrients, and other pollutants into the Great Lakes.

Grant recipients will use the funding to install long-term structural practices to limit sediment or nutrient runoff and implement programs to ensure nutrients are applied to agricultural land from the right source, in the right place, at the right rate and time.

“Working with local partners to implement these conservation practices is critical to protecting water quality in the Great Lakes region,” said John Linc Stine, chair of the GLC and commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. “This program enables communities to take specific, measured steps toward reducing the sediment and nutrient runoff affecting their local watersheds.”

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Funding for the Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

Grants totaling $894,392 have been awarded to:

  • Allegan Conservation District, Michigan
  • Blanchard River Watershed Partnership, Ohio
  • Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District, New York
  • Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District, Ohio
  • Village of Glencoe, Illinois
  • LaGrange County Soil and Water Conservation District, Indiana
  • Mequon Nature Preserve, Inc., Wisconsin

More information about the projects is available here.

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