The Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) Initiative is a coordinated strategy, led by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), using funding from multiple Farm Bill programs and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) to double the number of acres under conservation in the WLEB.

The goal of the WLEB Initiative is to accelerate conservation opportunities for agricultural producers in several ways. The four elements of the initiative are: avoid excess nutrient application, control nutrient and sediment movement, trap nutrient and sediment losses and manage hydrological pathways to reduce nutrient and sediment losses. NRCS gives priority consideration for financial assistance to highly vulnerable soils, particularly in areas draining directly to Lake Erie tributaries.