Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion & Sediment Control

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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:

Photo by Dave Brenner, Michigan Sea Grant
Photo by Dave Brenner
Michigan Sea Grant
  • 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 projects.
  • 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.

Great Lakes Commission des Grands Lacs.  2805 S. Industrial Highway, Suite 100.  Ann Arbor, MI  48104-6791.  phone: 734/971.9135.  fax: 734/971-9150. GLIN Partner