Every $1,000 spent through the Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil
Erosion and Sediment Control has resulted in 128 tons of soil saved, 259
pounds of phosphorus and 187 pounds of nitrogen reduced, and the education
of hundreds of people on techniques to reduce erosion and sedimentation.*
Since its inception in 1991, the Great Lakes Basin Program has yielded the
following outcomes and results:
- Funding support for 306 projects
in an amount totaling $9.9 million.
- Through Program Year 2001, the completed projects have
resulted in an estimated 665,707 tons of soil saved.
- Projects have stopped 674 tons of phosphorus from
entering surface waters of the Great Lakes.
- Projects have also reduced nitrogen inputs by 487 tons.
- In addition, hundreds of thousands of stakeholders
(including elected officials, farmers, developers, and residents) have been
educated about the benefits of soil erosion and sediment control
- In the most recent grants cycle (Fiscal Year 2002), an
unprecedented 47 new
projects were supported by more than $1.9 million in project funds.
* Soil saved as
well as nitrogen and phosphorous reduction figures are calculated based on
the life of funded projects between 1991 - 2001.