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Re: Great Lakes Basin Program Announces Grant Awards



> Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control
> announces 20 new grant awards
> 
> For Immediate Release: April 21, 1997
> 
> Contact: Tom Crane
> Great Lakes Commission
> Phone: 313-665-9135
> Fax: 313-665-4370
> E-mail: tcrane@glc.org
> 
> ANN ARBOR, Mich.--Twenty proposals have been selected for funding under
> this yearís grant cycle for the Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil
> Erosion and Sediment Control, a Great Lakes Commission-led
> federal/state/local partnership for improving Great Lakes water quality.
> A total of 79 proposals were reviewed at the March 18 meeting of the
> Commissionís Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Task Force.
> 
> Funded through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and
> managed under a Memorandum of Understanding with NRCS and the Great
> Lakes Commission, the program promotes erosion and sediment control and
> sound land-use practices through information/education, demonstration
> grants and technical assistance, and coalition building in the Great
> Lakes states.
> 
> In St. Louis County, Minnesota, for example, wind erosion from the beach
> dunes at Minnesota Point has been greatly reduced by a Basin
> Program-funded project to revegetate the dunes and impede foot traffic
> that had been disturbing the native vegetation. Community volunteers
> planted beach grass and installed informational signs, directing
> visitors to pathways and educating them on the importance of preserving
> vegetated areas on the dunes.
> 
> The result? A more informed public; a healthier beach environment; and a
> substantial decrease in erosion, which has lessened the need for
> dredging in Superior Bay.
> 
> Among the many other successful projects previously funded by the Basin
> Program are the Chocolay River watershed restoration, which removed
> embedded sediment and debris from a mile of Big Creek in Marquette
> County in Michiganís Upper Peninsula; and the "Clean Bay Backer" media
> campaign, developed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to
> educate the public about water quality issues and actions they can
> take to avoid contributing to nonpoint source pollution.
> 
> In the past six years, the Basin Program has placed more than 134,000
> acres of land under some form of erosion and sediment control. 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.
> 
> With the addition of the current awards, the program has awarded more
> than $3.6 million (and leveraged an additional $1.8 million in
> nonfederal funds) for 99 demonstrations and special projects, involving
> approximately 1,500 farmers, landowners, contractors and other parties
> in each of the Great Lakes states.
> 
> ---
> The following 20 projects, pending the signing of grant agreements, have
> been selected for FY1997 funding under the Great Lakes Basin Program
> for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control.
> 
> INDIANA
> 
> Cedar Creek Streambank Stabilization Demonstration Project. Dekalb Soil
> and Water Conservation District. $10,600.
> 
> MICHIGAN
> 
> Great Lakes Better Backroads Education Project. Huron Pines Resource
> Conservation and Development Area Council, Inc. $15,000.
> 
> Rapid River Road Restoration Project. Kalkaska Conservation District.
> $15,000.
> 
> Riparian Homeownerís Stewardship Project. Mid- Michigan Environmental
> Action Council. $9,500.
> 
> Vegetative Barriers to Prevent Soil Erosion and Increase Biological Pest
> Control in Agricultural Landscapes. Michigan State University, Dept. of
> Entomology. $14,860.
> 
> York Creek/Alpine Walker Drain Streambank Stabilization Project. Grand
> Valley State University Water Resources Institute. $4,482.
> 
> MINNESOTA
> 
> Lake Superior Low Cost Shoreline Erosion Control Demonstration Projects.
> Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. $13,500.
> 
> Lake Superior Shoreline Vegetation Demonstration Projects for Erosion
> Control and Bluff Stability. Minnesota Board of Water and Soil
> Resources.
> $14,700.
> 
> Watershed Guardian Program. St. Louis River Citizens Action Committee.
> $10,000.
> 
> NEW YORK
> 
> Oswego River Erosion Control Project. Oswego County Planning and
> Community Development. $13,058.
> 
> Road Ditch Stabilization Demonstrations for Town Highway
> Superintendents. Yates County Soil and Water Conservation District.
> $15,000.
> 
> Seneca County Grazing Land Initiative. Sullivan Trail Resource
> Conservation and Development Council. $15,000.
> 
> Yates County Model Site Plan Review. Yates County Planning Department.
> $7,000.
> 
> OHIO
> 
> An Rx For Lake Erie Streams. The Izaak Walton League of America, Ohio
> Division. $15,000.
> 
> Cost Shares for Urban Streambanks. Lake County Soil and Water
> Conservation District. $10,160.
> 
> Cost Study of Stormwater Erosion Control Best Management Practices.
> Seventh Generation. $13,750.
> 
> Strip-Till Equipment Lease Program: Reducing Soil and Nutrient Runoff.
> Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments. $15,000.
> 
> PENNSYLVANIA
> 
> Demonstrating the Effectiveness of Skimmers to Control Dewatering of
> Sedimentation Basins. The Pennsylvania State University Dept. of
> Agricultural and Biological Engineering. $10,000.
> 
> Grazing/Water Supply Erosion Control Demonstration. Penn Soil Resource
> Conservation and Development Council. $15,000.
> 
> WISCONSIN
> 
> Construction Site Erosion Control Demonstration for Roads. Ashland
> Bayfield Douglas and Iron County Land Conservation Department.
> $14,020.

-- 
Tom Crane
Great Lakes Commission
Argus II Bldg. -- 400 Fourth St.
Ann Arbor, MI  48103-4816
P:  313-665-9135; F:  313-665-4370
E:  tcrane@glc.org
GLIN:  http://www.great-lakes.net