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

Streambank stabilization installed in Erie County, Pennsylvania using GLSNRP funding. 

The Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program provides grants to local and state governments and nonprofit organizations to install sediment and nutrient control practices in the Great Lakes Basin. Projects funded under the program are selected on a competitive basis and benefit the Great Lakes states. Since 2010, funding for the program has been provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The program supports projects that are not typically funded by other U.S. EPA grants or NRCS financial assistance programs, allowing the program to fund innovative and unique projects.  

The Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program is a state and federal partnership managed by the Great Lakes Commission in cooperation with the NRCS. It is directed by a regional Task Force that includes representatives from the eight Great Lakes states, NRCS, and U.S. EPA. The Task Force reviews needs in the basin and adapts program priorities to address current needs with opportunities for funding announced annually, usually early in the calendar year. Estimated outcomes from the program are reported annually to NRCS and the GLRI.

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