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GLIN==> Great Lakes Commission awards $1.9 million to benefit water qualitythrough soil erosion, sediment control

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Contact: Gary Overmier, Great Lakes Commission
734-971-9135, garyo@glc.org

Great Lakes Commission awards $1.9 million to benefit water quality through soil erosion, sediment control

Ann Arbor, Mich. – Land and water are usually thought of as separate entities, but each has a significant influence on the other. Water shapes the land through its actions, and what happens on the land has a major impact on water quality, habitat and flow, and on the humans and other living creatures that depend on it.

With that in mind, the Great Lakes Commission is awarding $1.9 million in grants to projects that will benefit water quality in the Great Lakes basin through improved land management practices. Forty-seven agencies and organizations, spanning all eight Great Lakes states, have been selected to receive these funds through the Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control.

“The Great Lakes Basin Program has been a highly successful federal, state and local environmental partnership,” said Dr. Michael J. Donahue, president/CEO of the Great Lakes Commission. “It’s a great example of how we can work together to achieve environmental goals while improving quality of life and pursuing sustainable economic practices.”

Examples of projects supported by the Great Lakes Basin Program include stabilizing eroding river banks; establishing buffers of native vegetation to filter runoff from adjacent areas; educating builders, developers and realtors on ways to minimize erosion from new construction; analyzing erosion-prone areas and developing mitigation strategies; helping communities develop practices to control erosive flows in urban streams; and more. Projects range in scope from less than $5,000 for an education project, to more than $100,000 for efforts to restore as much as one mile of riverbank.

“Most people are surprised to learn that sediment is a major pollutant of the waters of the Great Lakes basin,” said Jim Bredin, chair of the Great Lakes Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Task Force and assistant director of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes. “It not only clogs streams and rivers, it often carries with it pesticides, fertilizers and other contaminants washed off lawns, parking lots, construction sites and other surface areas.”

Initiated in 1991 and later authorized under the 2002 Farm Bill, the Great Lakes Basin Program has supported 306 projects and invested more than $9.6 million in water quality improvement efforts, while attracting an additional $7.6 million in nonfederal, matching funds. More than 121,000 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 past grants and recent awards, is available at www.glc.org/basin, a website featuring 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.

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. For more information, visit www.glc.org/basin

The following 47 projects, pending completion of grant agreements, have been selected for funding this year:


Waukegan River Private Property Erosion Control Project: $8,000
Waukegan Harbor Citizens’ Advisory Group
Contact: Jean Schreiber, 847-835-2517, ext. 1


Great Lakes Sediment Reduction:  $35,000
National Association of Conservation Districts, Great Lakes Committee
Contact: Scott Hoese, 952-657-2223

High Dive Park / Christiana Creek bank restoration: $30,000
City of Elkhart, Department of Parks and Recreation
Contact: Terry Cegielski, 574-295-7275

Indiana Great Lakes Watershed Alliance Investigation:  $3,750
Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District
Contact: Nancy Brown, 574-533-3630 ext. 1

St. Joseph River Erosion Reduction Project: $99,940
St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative
Contact: Jane Loomis, 260-484-5848


Battle Creek River Restoration Project: $100,000
Thornapple-Grand Conservation District
Contact: Kristine Boley-Morse 269-781-4867, ext. 4

Big Cannon Restoration Project:  $30,000
Kalkaska Conservation District  
Contact: George Shetler, 231-258-3307

Detroit River - Gibraltar Bay Shoreline Reconstruction and Erosion Control:  $30,000
Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy
Contact: Bruce Jones, 734-676-6657

Evaluation of Erosion Control Best Management Practices (BMPs) in Streams: $46,100
Conservation Resource Alliance
Contact: Laura Kuehn, 231-946-6817

Kalamazoo River Education Initiative: $29,833
Calhoun Conservation District
Contact: Tara Egnatuk, 269-781-4867, ext. 27

Living on Edge: Shoreline Management Workshop:  $16,280
Huron River Watershed Council
Contact: Laura Rubin, 734-769-5123

Muskegon Lake AOC Urban Sediment Project: $30,000
Timberland Resource Conservation & Development Area Council, Inc.
Contact: Kathy Evans, 616-784-1090

Polymer Effectiveness on Drain Maintenance and Improvement Projects:  $30,000
Remy Chandler Drain Intercounty Drainage Board
Contact: Hope M. Croskey, 989-640-3699

Sand Point Shoreline Stabilization Project:  $100,000
Keweenaw Bay Tribe of Lake Superior Chippewa
Contact: William Emery, 906-353-6623

Saving a Park Streambank: Stemming Soil Erosion with a Native Buffer:  $7,773
Friends of the Rouge
Contact: Carolyne McCaughey, 313-792-9627

St. Martin’s Hill Erosion Control Demonstration Project- Phase II:  $110,385
Alger Conservation District
Contact: Danita Rask, 906-387-2222

Stabilizing Nutrient-Rich Farmland in the Great Lakes Basin: $29,616
Michigan State University
Contact: Dr. Tim Harrigan, 517-353-0767

Streambank Restoration and Erosion Control in the Rouge River Watershed:  $105,200
Oakland County Drain Commissioner
Contact: Phillip Sanzica, 248-858-0958

Trapp Farm Wetland Rehabilitation/Sediment Control Project:  $30,000
Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy
Contact: Chris Sullivan, 231-929-7911

Watervliet Sediment and Erosion Control Demonstration Center:  $32,000
City of Watervliet
Contact: Brian Dissette, 269-463-6769


Construction Site Erosion and Sediment Control Field Courses:  $19,900
Minnesota Erosion Control Association
Contact: Mikael Isensee, 651-351-0630

Lake Superior Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Implementation Strategy:  $30,000
Lake Superior Association of SWCDs
Contact: Mark Thell, 218-384-3891

Realtor Education about Lake Superior and Land Use:  $4,390
Regents of the University of Minnesota, Sponsored Projects Administration
Contact: Philip Monson, 218-726-6471

Sediment Collection Demonstration Project:  $27,450
City of Duluth, Environmental Advisory Council, Utility Operations
Contact: Marnie Lonsdale, 218-730-4063

New York

Butternut Creek System Sediment Control Project:  $30,000
Onondaga County Soil and Water Conservation District
Contact: Jeffrey Carmichael, 315-677-3851

Controlling Sediment in the Black and Oatka Creek Watersheds:  $99,450
Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council
Contact: David Zorn, 585-454-0190 ext. 1

Develop This! Planning to Keep Soil in Place:  $16,401
Central New York Regional Planning & Development Board
Contact: Benjamin Manton,  315-422-8276

Erosion Caused by Ice - How Significant is the Contribution to Watershed Soil Erosion and Sediment Budgets? $29,945
Buffalo State University
Contact: Dr. Kelly Frothingham,  716-878-6736

Erosion Control at Quaker Street Bridge:  $30,000
Erie County Department of Public Works
Contact: Gerald Sentz, 716-858-8436

Grazing System Practice Implementation Project:  $29,466
Seneca Trail Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc.
Contact: JoAnn Kurtis, 716-699-8923

Nonpoint Education for Planning and Zoning Boards of Appeal:  $9,150
Ontario County Soil and Water Conservation District
Contact: Thomas DeRue, 585-396-1450

Practical Fluvial Geomorphology Workshops:  $15,265
Finger Lakes Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc.
Contact: Richard Winnett, 607-776-7398 ext. 5


Agricultural Land Use Mapping with Multi-Temporal Imagery:  $41,127
The University of Toledo
Contact: Kevin Czajkowski, 419-530-4274

Boulder Creek Restoration Project:  $30,000
City of Solon
Contact: John Busch, 440-349-6745

Grand River Headwater Educational Project:  $29,256
Trumbell County Health Department
Contact: Ted Smith,  330-675-2489

Grass/Legume Demonstration Plots to Prevent Soil Erosion: $28,148
University of Findlay and Ohio State University Extension
Contact: Gary Wilson, 419-422-3851

Restoring Lake Erie Sands Resources:  $100,000
Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geological Survey
Contact: Don Guy,  419-626-4296

Stream and Wetland Mitigation to Reduce Erosion and Sedimentation:   $28,700
Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc.  
Contact: Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, 440-975-3870


Baker Creek Urban Parking Lot Project:  $98,000
Borough of North East
Contact: Jerry Weinheimer, 814-725-8611

Restoration of Duck Run on the Coho State Park Site:  $30,000
Lake Erie Region Conservancy
Contact: Cathy Pedler, 814-824-2407

West Branch Cascade Creek Restoration Project:  $100,000
Erie County Conservation District
Contact: LeRoy Gross, 814-825-6403


Develop a Jobsite Planning Checklist, Brochure, and Powerpoint Presentation:  $9,580
Forest Industry Safety & Training Alliance, Inc. (FISTA)
Contact: Barbara Henderson, 715-282-4979

Menomonee Valley Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Project:  100,000
Menomonee Valley Partners, Inc.
Contact: Lilith Fowler,  414-274-4654

Root-Pike Basin Project:  $25,090
Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network/YWCA of Racine
Contact: Dave White,  262-638-0482

Stormwater BMPs for Lake Superior Clay Soils:  $15,525
Douglas County Land Conservation Department
Contact: Diane Daulton, 715-682-7187

Town of Centerville Harvestable Buffer Strip Project:  $24,044
Town of Centerville  
Contact: Russ Tooley,  920-726-4900

Winnebago County Erosion Control & Stormwater Management:  $11,643
Winnebago County Land & Water Conservation Department.  
Contact: Chad Casper,  920-232-1950


The Great Lakes Commission, chaired by Samuel W. Speck (Ohio), is a nonpartisan, binational compact agency established under 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.

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