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Funding is reinstated for the Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control

Congress, with encouragement from our many partners, reinstated an appropriation for the Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control (Program) for 2008. After receiving no appropriation in 2007, the Program was funded at a sustaining level of $430,000. While the amount is considerably less than two years ago, it allows the Program to continue funding local soil erosion and sediment reduction projects. Seventeen projects were selected for funding. The projects, once completed, will mitigate the damage caused by soil erosion and sediment to the economy and the environment in the Great Lakes basin.

The Program is gaining additional support in both the House and the Senate. If funding is received for fiscal year 2009 an announcement of the 2009 request for applications (RFA) will be made at the end of this year. Please check the Great Lakes Commission website for an announcement.

Lake Erie
Sediment entering Lake Erie after a rain storm

The Program was also reauthorized in the recently passed 2008 Farm Bill. The support and efforts of many members of Congress, especially Senator Stabenow from Michigan, resulted in a 5-year reauthorization including amended language to incorporate the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration strategy into the Program. The reauthorization provides the authority and official recognition to a long-standing effort to improve the quality of the soil and water in the Great Lakes. Of note, it is the only Great Lakes-specific program in the Farm Bill. With the reauthorization, the Program will continue to maintain a high profile and continue to support efforts to restore the Great Lakes.

Since its inception in 1991 the Basin Program has funded over 400 conservation projects and leveraged nearly $11 million in local funds. Every $1,000 spent under the program results in an average of 120 tons of soil saved, 430 pounds of phosphorus and 200 pounds of nitrogen reduced, and the education of hundreds of people on techniques to reduce erosion and sedimentation.

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.  www.glc.org. GLIN Partner