About GLBP Funded Projects in Indiana
Approximately 6 million tons of soil erode each year in Indiana's portion
of the Great Lakes Basin, causing economic and environmental losses and damages.
To address this problem, since 1991 the Great Lakes Basin Program has supported
six soil erosion and sediment control projects in Indiana totaling $96,311,
with an additional $145,917 being leveraged from non-federal sources.
Agricultural erosion (runoff from cropland, pasture land, animal facilities)
and urban erosion (runoff/erosion from construction, highways, drain maintenance,
road/stream crossings) have been the focus of the projects awarded in Indiana.
About 4,000 acres are under some form of soil erosion and sediment control,
thereby preventing the loss of 64,100 tons of soil annually, among other benefits.
Public information and education programs have been an important component
of the Indiana effort, targeting key stakeholders groups such as developers,
landowners, school children and government agency personnel. Projects have used
newspapers, cable television and newsletters as the vehicles for disseminating
effective soil erosion and sediment control information.