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Funding available for projects to prevent erosion, address sediment

Request for proposals:  http://www.glc.org/basin/rfplet00.html

Ann Arbor, Mich.óDoes your organization have an erosion prevention or
sediment control project you would like to implement?  If so, the Great
Lakes Basin Program may be able to help fund it.   The Basin Program's
FY2000 request for proposals (RFP) is now available from the Great Lakes
Commission.  Since 1991, the Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion
and Sediment Control has supported 140 projects totaling almost $4.3
million dollars.  

These projects protect and improve Great Lakes water quality by
controlling erosion and sedimentation, limiting the input of associated
nutrients and toxic contaminants, and minimizing sources of sediment to
the Great Lakes and their tributaries.  Projects may demonstrate
effective erosion control techniques, provide program and technical
assistance, or address information and education needs.  Applications
are due Jan. 19, 2000.  

Eligible applicants include units of state, county and municipal
government; tribal authorities; watershed councils; soil and water
conservation districts; academic institutions; environmental groups; and
other nonfederal public entities or nonprofit organizations in the
United States.

The Basin Program is a joint federal and state initiative with funding
provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources
Conservation Service and program coordination provided by the Great
Lakes Commission.  A regional Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Task Force
oversees the program and determines funding priorities.  

"The Basin Program has helped fill a gap for natural resource protection
in the Great Lakes basin by providing grants to a wide variety of local
resource management agencies and nongovernmental organizations to
undertake many innovative projects," said Task Force Chair, Jerry Wager,
administrator of the Pollution Abatement and Land Treatment Section of
the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Soil and Water
Conservation.  "One strength of the Basin Program is its ability to get
funds quickly to successful applicants, allowing the project officers to
implement goals in a timely manner."  

For copies of the RFP or to add names to the RFP mailing list, contact
Pat Gable at pegable@glc.org or 734-665-9135.  For all other inquiries
contact Tom Crane, tcrane@glc.org.

The Great Lakes Commission is a nonpartisan, interstate compact agency
created by state and 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
state legislators, agency officials and governors' appointees from its
eight member states. It has a new Associate Member program for Canadian
provinces and also maintains a formal Observer 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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