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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in Wisconsin

NRCS, along with 11 other Federal agencies, are supporting and participating in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).  The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is the largest investment in the Great Lakes in two decades.  A task force of 11 federal agencies developed an action plan to implement the initiative.  The action plan covers fiscal years 2015 through 2019 and addresses urgent issues such as cleaning up Great Lakes Areas of Concern, preventing and controlling invasive species, reducing nutrient runoff that contributes to harmful or nuisance algal blooms, and restoring habitat to protect native species.

NRCS is helping landowners and land users to plan and implement activities to improve and protect the natural resources in locally identified watersheds within the eight GLRI states:  Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.   

Through GLRI, NRCS offers financial assistance to agricultural producers for implementing practices that improve water quality in selected watersheds. Financial assistance will come through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and will focus on reducing nutrient and sediment delivery to surface water as well as controlling invasive species and improving wildlife habitat.

The program provides payments to help implement designated conservation activities. Specified EQIP practices will be eligible for funding through GLRI. Socially disadvantaged farmers, limited resource farmers, and beginning farmers may qualify for higher program payments.


Local Farmers tell us about their success being part of GLRI.

Read their stories in our "Conservation Showcase"


Apply by May 15, 2015 for Conservation Practices through GLRI-EQIP Financial Assistance

Read the announcement.....

Apply now - EQIP Application Form (pdf 46 kb) and Appendix (Oct. 2014)           Spanish EQIP Application and Appendix (pdf  52 kb)

Contact your local NRCS Service Center for more information.


Lower Fox Watershed Phosphorus Reduction
Priority Watershed (2015 Phosphorus Sign-Up)

$800,000 in financial assistance funding is available for implementation of select conservation practices in the Lower Fox Watershed.  Technical and financial assistance funding is being focused in this watershed specifically to deliver targeted conservation practices to address non-point source phosphorous runoff.


2015 Phosphorus Sign-up Information

GLRI Phosphorus 2015 map


National NRCS GLRI Website

NRCS/Great Lakes Commission Fox P Trade Website

NRCS/Great Lakes Commission Demonstration Farms Website




For additional information, contact at, Resource Conservationist, 608-662-4422 ext. 245.