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Great Lakes Article:

Local agencies receive erosion-prevention grants
Duluth News Tribune
Published June 5, 2004


The Great Lakes Commission has awarded $1.9 million in grants to projects that will benefit water quality in the Great Lakes basin by preventing erosion.

Forty-seven agencies and organizations in all eight Great Lakes states received grants through the Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control.

Since 1991, the program has financed 306 projects protecting more than 121,000 acres of land. It's funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The projects include a study of how to control stormwater in heavy clay soils sponsored by the Douglas County Land Conservation Department.

Along the North Shore in Minnesota, projects include construction site erosion and sediment control courses for contractors, sponsored by the Minnesota Erosion Control Association; creation of the Lake Superior Soil and Water Conservation District by the Lake Superior Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts; real estate broker education about Lake Superior-area land use, sponsored by the University of Minnesota Duluth; and a sediment collection demonstration project sponsored by Duluth's Environmental Advisory Council.

 

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