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Great Lakes Commission
Basin Program offers soil erosion, sediment control grants
The Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control has
issued its 2006 Request for Proposals (RFP). The program offers grants
of up to $125,000 for projects to mitigate the damages caused by
sediment and soil erosion within the U.S. portion of the Great Lakes
basin. Education grants are also available.
Grants will be awarded in three categories. Grants of up to $40,000
will be awarded for small-scale projects in the areas of soil erosion
and sediment control, best management practices (BMPs) demonstration,
and information/education. Grants of up to $75,000 will be given for
larger-scale projects that demonstrate the installation of BMPs.
A new category this year is the watershed-scale program. This is a
four-year, two-phase grant designed to enable local watershed groups to
implement soil conservation practices sufficient to virtually eliminate
erosion and sedimentation in a small subwatershed. Successful
applicants will receive a two-year grant for up to $125,000 that may be
renewable for an additional two-year grant of up to $125,000.
The grant program is open to nonfederal government agencies and
nonprofit organizations that address sediment problems at the grass
roots level. Both established and innovative practices will be
Additional information and application materials are available at
www.glc.org/basin/funding.html. All applications must be submitted
online, with a deadline of March 15, 2006.
The program is administered by the Great Lakes Commission in
partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources
Conservation Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers.
For more information, contact:
Great Lakes Commission
Eisenhower Corporate Park
2805 S. Industrial Hwy., Suite 100
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-6791
The Great Lakes Commission, chaired by the Hon. Thomas E.
Huntley (Minnesota), 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 Lakes‑St. 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.