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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative $9.4 million in financial assistance

                                                                         News Feature                                                           6/28/2011

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative $9.4 million in financial assistance

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other partners, will provide landowners with approximately $9.4 million in financial assistance to control non-point source water pollution and terrestrial invasive species, and to enhance wildlife habitat through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Financial and technical assistance will be available to farmers through two voluntary conservation programs, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP). Both programs assist participants to address natural resource concerns on their land. Applications for EQIP and WHIP are accepted on a continuous basis; however, there are “cut-off” dates for evaluation, ranking, and funding decisions. Certain watersheds in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are included in the Great Lakes Basin.

Please contact the applicable State office for cut off dates and priority practices. State office contact information can be obtained at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/about/organization/regions.html.

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