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Measuring the width of a culvert partially filled with sediment from a gravel road. Photo courtesy of the Silver Creek Super Project: Reducing Non-Point Sediment in a High-Quality Tributary.
The Great Lakes Commission’s Sediment Task Force is pleased, in this issue, to announce the 2009 soil erosion and sediment control grants. Eighty four applications were received during this year’s application cycle. While over $2 million was requested by 84 applicants, budget constraints limited total funding to less than $300,000. After an extensive selection process, 11 erosion and sediment control projects from six of the eight Great Lakes states were selected.

However, better times for the program may be on the horizon. The administration and Congress have indicated their support for a $475 million dollar Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in the 2010 U.S. EPA budget. The Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control is one program that may get a substantial increase in funding to carry out this initiative. While this is good news, it will cause a few changes in the timing of the grant program. Requests for applications are usually announced after the first of the calendar year. However, with the potential for increased funding through the Initiative, the 2010 request for applications may be issued as early as October of this year.

Any state and local government and nonprofit organization in the U.S. is eligible to submit an application. All applications are submitted online. Applications are initially reviewed by a team from that state, and then move on to a second round of review by the entire Sediment Task Force. From these top applications, the final projects are selected.


Photo courtesy of the Silver Creek Super Project: Reducing Non-Point Sediment in a High-Quality Tributary.
One of the unique aspects of the grant program is the ability of the sponsoring applicants to try new and innovative technology, which often cannot receive funding from other sources. The grant program provides an opportunity to try the new practices and see how they work in action. If they are successful, they can be replicated in the area or transferred to other areas in the region. The Basin Program website and this newsletter provide a valuable forum for technology exchange.

The grant program also funds education and information projects. These are small grants that usually fund printing local brochures, holding sediment awareness meeting, providing technical training, or developing visual aides. It is an easy way for local entities to conduct a vigorous soil erosion and sediment reduction education campaign at little cost to themselves.

With continued support, the future looks bright for the Great Lakes Basin Program and the Great Lakes.

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