Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)
Through GLRI, NRCS provides farmers and private landowners within priority watersheds technical and financial assistance to implement conservation practices that will benefit their own lands as well as the Great Lakes ecosystem. Pennsylvania NRCS staff and conservation partners have identified priority watersheds and conservation practices to most effectively address resource concerns affecting the Great Lakes. These resource concerns include non-point source pollution from agricultural activities, degradation of wildlife and aquatic habitats, terrestrial invasive species and loss of farmland. High priority watersheds were determined using existing watershed assessments and priorities determined by the Environmental Protection Agency.
GLRI Web Links
NRCS National GLRI Announcement
EPA GLRI site
Applications for GLRI through either the EQIP option for farm projects, or the WHIP option for stream and wildlife habitat projects, will be accepted continuously throughout the year to be evaluated, ranked, and prioritized based on their potential to address priority concerns. Currently only applications in identified high priority areas will be considered for funding.
To apply, you will need to fill out an application form and contact your local NRCS office at a USDA Service Center.
Applicants for EQIP must be either farmers or forestland owners, or owners of land that is being used for agricultural production. Applicants for WHIP must be private individuals or entities and projects must be located on privately-owned land.
Click here to see a map of Pennsylvania's two priority areas in the Great Lakes watershed, the Chautauqua-Conneaut watershed in Erie County and the Upper Genesee watershed in Potter County.
Application Ranking Forms
Ranking worksheets list conservation practices that are eligible for funding under that category.
Erie County/Chautauqua-Conneaut Watershed
Potter County/Upper Genesee
Payment for eligible practices in EQIP and WHIP are based on current standard rates. These rates are available from the program contacts listed below.
Assistant State Conservationist
Erie County NRCS Field Office
(814) 796-6760, Ext. 3
Potter County NRCS Field Office
(814) 274-8166, Ext. 3