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Up to $100,000 available for soil erosion, sediment control projects


ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN -Local projects to benefit water quality through erosion and sediment control are eligible for up to $100,000 in funding under the Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control.

Grants of approximately $30,000 each will be awarded in the areas of program and grant assistance; best management practices (BMP) demonstration; and information/education. Several grants of approximately $100,000 will also be awarded for large-scale BMP demonstration projects.

The grant program, administered by the Great Lakes Commission, is open to nonprofit agencies and nonfederal units of government. Proposed projects must be within the U.S. portion of the Great Lakes basin to be eligible.

Of special interest are proposals addressing agricultural conservation treatment, urban erosion control, forest logging and road maintenance, and shoreline/streambank/bluff stabilization. Other priorities include the emerging issues of total maximum daily loads, natural stream/shoreline restoration and continuous year-round cropland cover.

Grant applications are now being accepted online at The application deadline is Jan. 17, 2003.

The program, a federal/state partnership authorized under the Farm Bill and funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, has supported more than 200 demonstration and technical projects to date. For more information, including examples of previously funded projects, visit and the associated links.

For more information, contact:
Gary Overmier

Project Manager, Resource Management
Great Lakes Commission
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