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GLIN==> Federal Funds Strengthen Conservation Efforts in Great Lakes Region
- Subject: GLIN==> Federal Funds Strengthen Conservation Efforts in Great Lakes Region
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- Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2003 16:47:00 -0400
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Jeff Raifsnider, Public Affairs Specialist
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Federal Funds Strengthen Conservation Efforts in Great Lakes
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Water quality improvements in the Great Lakes basin will
receive a boost from $2.5 million in federal conservation funds to support
erosion and sediment control and protective land use practices in Ohio and
the rest of the Great Lakes region. The funds will strengthen the Great
Lakes Basin Program (GLBP) for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control, which supports
local conservation efforts in the Great Lakes basin.
The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will present the Great
Lakes Commission (GLC) with $2.5 million in conservation funds during a ceremony
at the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s (ODNR) headquarters in Columbus on
July 11. The GLC administers the conservation program, which receives technical
support from the NRCS and other conservation partners.
NRCS State Conservationist for Ohio, Kevin Brown said, “Ohio’s technical
assistance and demonstration projects in the Great Lakes region have focused
on agricultural, streambank and urban erosion. The NRCS, the local Soil
and Water Conservation Districts and others have partnered with the GLC to
prevent the loss of valuable topsoil on about 2,300 acres that are treated
with various conservation practices for erosion and sediment control. This
prevents a great deal of phosphorus and nitrogen from polluting surface waters
The GLBP has supported 34 erosion and sediment control projects in Ohio since
1991, to address soil erosion and sediment control projects that total $966,195,
with an additional 25-percent match required from non-federal sources. NRCS
State Conservationist Kevin Brown will present the $2.5 million in federal
funds to President and CEO of the GLC, Michael J. Donahue and to ODNR Director,
Sam Speck, who is the Chairman of the Board of the GLC during the ceremony,
to be held at 11:00 a.m. on July 11 at the ODNR, 1930 Belcher Drive, Bldg.
D in Columbus, OH.
The GLBP is a federal, state and local partnership that has supported well
over 200 demonstration and technical assistance projects. In addition to
supporting land conservation treatment methods, the program provides regional
information and education to developers, contractors, homeowners and to the
The GLBP is coordinated by the eight-state, Great Lakes Commission in partnership
with the NRCS, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers. The program was established in 1988 with the support
of the eight Great Lakes states and relevant agencies. Congress approved
start up funds in 1990 and recently authorized the program in the 2002 Farm
Bill. A competitive annual grants program is one of the GLBP’s biggest success
stories. Basin Program demonstration grants have improved fish and wildlife
habitat in numerous areas across the Great Lakes Basin and have involved
hundreds of community volunteers in watershed improvement projects.
2003 Great Lakes Basin Program grants in Ohio include:
Restoring Portage River Oxbow and Floodplain Connections: $100,000
Wood Soil and Water Conservation District.
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 and Water Conservation District.
Contact: Matt Scharver, 440-350-2031
Reducing Soil and 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