America’s Great Lakes — Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario — hold 21 percent of the world’s surface fresh water and host habitat for a variety of fish and wildlife species of concern. They provide drinking water for more than 40 million people and economic benefits from fishing and recreation. The Great Lakes Region is also a major agricultural area, with more than 55 million acres of land under production.
All of these uses impact the Great Lakes ecosystem. With the CCA designation, USDA will build on existing strong partnerships in the Great Lakes Region to provide approaches and tools for producers to better manage nutrients and sediment on agricultural land. Accelerated conservation on private lands will help improve water quality, leading to better habitat for fish and wildlife and increased economic opportunities, including maintaining agricultural productivity in this vital region.
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Partners interested in submitting projects should consider the overall goal of the CCA and priority resource concerns. CCA project proposals that align with NRCS priorities may rank higher in the evaluation of proposals.
Overall Goal: Manage nutrients and sediment on agricultural land to reduce algal blooms in the Great Lakes.
Resource Concern Priorities
Water Quality Degradation: excess nutrients and pesticides in surface and ground waters; excessive sediment in surface water.
Inadequate Habitat for Fish and Wildlife: habitat degradation.
Visit the CEAP website for information on the effects of conservation practices on cropland in the Great Lakes Region.
For more information on the current status and trends of the U.S. agricultural sector and soil, water and related natural resources, visit the RCA Interactive Data Viewer and associated pages.
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