Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)
A sign-up is underway for conservation financial assistance available through GLRI for designated watersheds in New York. Financial assistance is available to agricultural producers for implementing a wide variety of conservation activities designed to improve water quality in the Great Lakes region. The 2015 sign-up includes two priority areas: phosphorus reduction and general natural resource conservation.
Financial assistance for GLRI is provided through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Payment rates for GLRI are the same as for general EQIP.
Farmers have until July 10, 2015, to apply for the funding. Below you will find links to participating counties where you can view a list of conservation activities eligible for financial assistance, payment schedules, and rankings.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is one of the cabinet and agency organizations that will work together with landowners in the Great Lakes to protect and restore the Great Lakes ecosystem through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). A portion of the almost $300 million allocated for the GLRI will be made available through NRCS to address the environmental issues facing the Great Lakes, including invasive species, near-shore health and nonpoint source pollution, and habitat and wildlife protection.
In New York, priority areas within the Great Lakes Watershed have been selected to receive funding through GLRI. Funding for conservation activities that address the environmental issues outlined in the GLRI plan will be made available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program is designed for agricultural producers actively using their land for agriculture production. Both technical and financial assistance is provided to the producer to implement management and structural conservation practices that address natural resource issues such as soil erosion and water quality. Examples of practices that may be used in this program include crop residue management, livestock waste storage, and nutrient management. Each eligible conservation practice has a Practice Payment Rate (PPR) which is a fixed amount based on a percentage of the state average cost of a typical installation of that practice. The Practice Payment rate for "Historically Underserved" is higher than the general rate.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has posted a listing of the grants they have awarded to date through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Once you have entered the Web site, click on “GLRI Grants Awarded (PDF)” just under the title banner. The listing includes project title, applicant name, description, award amount, and state.
How to Apply for USDA-NRCS Conservation Programs
Learn what steps you will need to take to prepare for, and submit, your application to become a USDA-NRCS Conservation Program participant.
For more information, contact your local USDA Service Center, or visit the USDA-NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program web site.