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Erosion control grants to improve water quality

Ann Arbor, Mich. – The Great Lakes Commission has awarded $1.9 million for projects and programs that will improve water quality in the Great Lakes basin through improved land management practices. Forty-two agencies and organizations spanning all eight Great Lakes states will receive these funds in 2003 (pending completion of grant agreements) under the Commission’s highly competitive Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control.
“The Great Lakes Basin Program is a decade-long success story in state, federal and local partnership,” said Dr. Michael J. Donahue, president/CEO of the Great Lakes Commission. “It’s a great example of how we can achieve water quality and related ecosystem restoration goals by promoting innovative land-use practices.”
Established in 1991 and authorized under the recent Farm Bill, the Great Lakes Basin Program has supported 259 projects and invested more than $7.7 million in water quality improvement efforts, while attracting an additional $5.3 million in nonfederal matching funds. More than 117,000 acres of land have been placed under various forms of erosion and sediment control under the program. In the process, it has involved thousands of community volunteers in watershed improvement projects, improved local ecosystems, and built support for ongoing ecosystem restoration efforts.
Information on the program, including details of completed projects, is available at www.glc.org/basin, a recently updated web site that features project-specific image galleries, expanded online materials and publications, and advanced search options that enable users to search for completed projects by erosion type, project type, and location. The web site also provides news updates and funding information, and an extensive list of project management tools and models.
 “As our program grows, we need to promote technology transfer among resource managers,” said Gary Overmier, project manager. “We also need to let the general public know how our work is improving land use and water quality throughout the region.”
The Great Lakes Basin Program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service. Projects are selected by the Commission’s Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Task Force, whose membership consists of state and federal resource managers.

Contact:  Gary Overmier, garyo@glc.org

The following is a list of the 42 projects, pending completion of grant agreements, that have been selected for funding this year.


Construction of vegetated settling ponds to reduce sediment loading and non-point source pollution in Lake Michigan: $33,550
Northeastern Illinois University. Contact: Jason Meshberg, 847-446-1436

Bull Creek Restoration and Stabilization: $100,000
Lake County Stormwater Management Commission. Contact: Patricia Werner, 847-918-5269


Shooter Ditch Sedimentation Project:  $64,425
Coffee Creek Watershed Conservancy, Inc. Contact: Steve Barker, 219-926-1842.

Promoting Naturalized Drainage Channel Design:  $27,176
The Nature Conservancy. Contact: Joe Draper, 260-665-9141

Turkey Creek Corridor Enhancement Project:  $28,215
Lake County Parks Department - Planning Division. Contact: Craig Zandstra, 219-945-0543


Kid’s Creek Buffalo Pasture Restoration Project:  $99,150
The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay. Contact: Anne Hansen, 231-935-1514

Big Sable River Road Crossing Improvement Project:  $88,900
Mason-Lake Conservation District. Contact: Lynda Herremans, 231-757-3708

Galbraith Drain Stream and Floodplain Restoration Project:  $100,000
St. Clair County Drain Commissioner. Contact: Fred Fuller, 810-364-5369

Lake Erie Watersheds Riparian Corridor Improvement Project:  $97,627
Wayne County Department of Environment. Contact: Noel Mullett Jr., 734-326-4486

Eastern Alger County Watershed Erosion Control Project:   $27,025
Alger Conservation District. Contact: Danita Rask, 906-387-2222

Erosion Control for Construction Sites - Education Program:  $7,910
St. Joseph County Conservation District. Contact: Jon Eggen, 269-467-6336 ext. 5

Promoting Private Land Protection in the Saginaw Bay Watershed:  $19,507
Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy. Contact: Sally Wallace, 989-686-0220

Red Cedar River Urban Buffer Project:  $22,800
Ingham Conservation District. Contact: Susan Tangora, 517-676-2290

Reducing Soil Erosion and Runoff From Livestock Farms with a Modified No-Till System: $28,938
Michigan State University. Contact: Timothy Harrigan, 517-353-0767

SESC Procedures for Drain Commissioners:  $30,000
Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners. Contact: Hope M. Croskey, 989-224-2355

Shiawassee River Conservation Tillage Project:  $32,114
The Nature Conservancy. Contact: Kenneth Algozin, 989-723-9062

Berry Lake Inlet Watershed Soil Erosion/Sediment Control Project:  $23,528
Hillsdale Conservation District. Contact: Dee Miller, 517-849-9890, ext. 101


Enhancing the Lower St. Louis River:   $26,822
St. Louis River Citizens Action Committee. Contact: Lynelle Hanson, 218-733-9520

Portable Logging Bridges:  $29,500
Logging Educational & Resource Center. Person: Tink Birchem, 218-741-4224

New York

Remediation of the Limestone Creek Landslide:  $100,000
Madison County Planning Department. Contact: Scott Ingmire. 315-366-2498

Upper Cattaraugus Creek Demonstration Project:  $100,000
Seneca Trail Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. Contact: JoAnn Kurtis, 716-699-8923

Cazenovia Creek Streambank Stabilization – Joint Board 27L:  $15,000
Erie County Soil & Water Conservation District. Contact: Brian  Andrzejewski,  716-652-8480
Dutch Hollow Brook Streambank Stabilization Project:  $28,485
Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District. Contact: Jim Hotaling, 315-255-3740

Models linking sediment concentrations and benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages: Addressing a critical gap in the development of sediment TMDLs:  $30,610
College at Buffalo. Contact: Shreeram  Inamdar, 716-878-6229

Improving Water Quality Through Erosion and Stormwater Education:  $20,225
Central New York Regional Planning & Development Bd, Contact: Pamela O’Malley 315-422-8276

Phase I & II SPDES Construction Inspection Program:  $30,000
Monroe County Soil & Water Conservation District. Contact: Paula Smith, 585-473-2120 ext. 3

Seneca Lake Watershed Forestland BMP Outreach Project:  $13,000
Finger Lakes RC&D Council, Inc. Contact: Richard Winnett, 607-776-7398 ext. 5
Phase II Initiative in the Seneca and Keuka Lake Watersheds:  $30,000
Yates County Soil and Water Conservation District. Contact: Lester Travis, 315-536-5188

Identification of Unstable Reaches and Stream Channel Design Parameter Calculations in a Human-Impacted Watershed:  $26,052
Research Foundation of SUNY/Buffalo State College. Contact: Kelly M. Frothingham, 716-878-6736


Restoring Portage River Oxbow and Floodplain Connections:  $100,000
Wood SWCD. Contact:  Jim Carter, 419-352-5172

Ottawa River Watershed Sediment Control Demonstration Project:  $100,000
Ottawa River Coalition. Contact: Beth  Seibert, 419-223-0040 ext. 107

Primary Headwater Stream Initiative:  $29,803
Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District. Contact: Matt Scharver, 440-350-2031

Reducing Soil & Nutrient Loss By Cutting Nitrogen Rates:   $29,500
Conservation Action Project. Contact: William Rohrs, 419-592-9692

Streamside Vegetation for Education:  $30,000
Ohio Lake Management Society. Contact: Matthew Smith, 330-672-5475


Keeping Scott Run in Daylight:  $30,000
Pennsylvania Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources, Presque Isle State Park. Contact:  Harry Z. Leslie, 814-833-7424


Bender Park Slope Stabilization Demonstration Project:  $100,000
Milwaukee County Parks Department. Contact: Thomas R.  Forbes, 414-257-4887

Forest Roads and Stream Crossing Workshop:  $22,800
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry. Contact: Dale Gasser, 608-266-1667

Lake Michigan Shoreline Restoration:  $29,500
Glacierland Resource Conservation & Development. Contact: Jack VanDixhorn, 920-465-3006

Rain Garden Demonstration:  $29,531
Wastewater Division, Public Works Department, City of Superior, Wis. Contact: Diane Thompson, 715-394-0392, ext. 135

Fish Habitat Restoration by Buffer Strip Installation:   $28,989
Outagamie County Land Conservation Department. Contact: Ann Francart, 920-832-6072

Root River Stream Shoreland Project:   $30,000
City of Racine. Contact: Jim Blazek, 262-636-9191

Wisconsin BMPs for Water Quality Educational Program:  $27,500
Forest Industry Safety & Training Alliance. Contact: Barb Henderson, 715-282-4979


The Great Lakes Commission, chaired by Samuel W. Speck (Ohio), is a nonpartisan, binational compact agency created by state and U.S. federal law and dedicated to promoting a strong economy, healthy environment and high quality of life for the Great LakesSt. Lawrence region and its residents.  The Commission consists of state legislators, agency officials and governors’ appointees from its eight member states.  Associate membership for Ontario and Québec was established through the signing of a “Declaration of Partnership.”  The Commission 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.