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2012 Annual Report

:: 2012: The Year In Review
:: Basin Program Projects and Maps
:: Featured Project: Shiawassee Conservation District (MI)
:: Featured Project: Featured Project: Elkhart River Watershed
    Sediment Reduction Program (IN)
:: Featured Project: Reducing Sediment in the Paw Paw River Watershed (MI)
:: Featured Project: Buffalo River Watershed Erosion & Sediment
    Control Project (NY)
:: Featured Project: Stopping Sediment at its Source in the
    Rocky River Watershed (OH)
:: Around the Basin

2012: The Year in Review

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Gary Overmier
Project Manager
Great Lakes
Commission
The 2012 Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control (Program) continued the 2010-11 funding of watershed scale projects (up to $300,000 per project) using funds provided by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative dollars. However, this year, the Program reintroduced the funding of small scale projects (up to $30,000 per project) providing an opportunity to refill a niche that had been available since the beginning of the Program in 1991 but that had been discontinued in 2011. Projects were funded to reduce sediment in priority watersheds in the Great Lakes basin. A priority watershed is a watershed with a large sediment load, an extensive agricultural landuse and/or extensive streambank erosion and often has high clay content soils.

In 2012, eight watershed scale projects and five small scale grants totaling $2,069,483 were authorized for funding. Another benefit of the Program, in addition to reducing sediment, is the projects allow organizations to install projects in areas beyond their normal scope of work.

Projects selected in 2012 are:

Making Conservation Work Saint Joseph River (IN)

small scale

$22,863

MI/OH Erosion & Sediment Reduction for the Tiffin River/WLEB (MI)

watershed

$299,976

Upper River Raisin Riparian Protection Program (MI)

watershed

$103,954

A Novel Hybrid BMP Auction Program, Shiawassee River (MI)   

watershed

$270,000

Knife River Watershed Sediment Reduction Project (MN)

watershed

$293,000

Buffalo Creek Erosion & Sediment Control Project (NY)

small scale

$30,000

Critical Area Stabilization in Lake Ontario Watershed (NY)

watershed

$207,790

Eighteenmile Creek Streambank Stabilization (NY)

watershed

$198,904

Auglaize River Riparian Restoration (OH)

small scale

$30,000

Lower Chagrin River Sediment Reduction BMP Program (OH)

watershed

$270,000

Sediment and Phosphorus Reduction in the Riley Creek Watershed (OH)

watershed

$284,750

Streambank Stabilization of Griswold Creek (OH)

small scale

$30,000

Tiffin River Waterways (OH)

small scale

$28,246

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