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USDA Western Lake Erie Basin Announcement

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

United States Department of Agriculture Announcement to Benefit the Western Lake Erie Basin

This week, the USDA announced a new initiative from NRCS to improve water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin. The agency will invest $41 million over a three-year period, in addition to the $36 million from the 2014 Farm Bill. The basin includes areas of Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. These funds will help landowners in the basin remove over 640,000 pounds of phosphorus runoff and prevent over 260,000 tons of sediment loss per year. The initiative will help focus agency investments and help the work that local partners, including Conservation Districts, are doing in the basin. 

NRCS also released a Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) report that shows voluntary, incentive-based conservation is working well in the Western Lake Erie Basin to reduce sediment and nutrient loss in the area. However, more can be done to improve the land through conservation. The improvements could include conservation planning and conservation systems. 

Click Here for the full press release. Click Here for the full CEAP report.