Grants to local governments and nonprofit organizations help control nutrient and sediment losses in order to reduce nutrient loading into the Great Lakes.

The Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program was created by the Great Lakes Commission in 1988 in partnership with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and, later, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). It utilizes a unique, targeted grass roots approach which awards grants to nonfederal agencies and nonprofit organizations in priority watersheds to install on-the-land practices. The program has supported more than 490 projects to reduce the input of unwanted sediment, nutrients, and other sediment-borne pollutants into Great Lakes, reducing soil erosion by an estimated two million tons and phosphorus loadings by two million pounds.

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