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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. Read local farmers success stories participating in GLRI.

Apply Now: EQIP Application Form (46 KB PDF) and Appendix (Oct. 2014)   Spanish EQIP Application and Appendix (52 KB PDF)

GLRI Eligible Practices: Eligible Conservation Practices (48 KB PDF)

GLRI Rates: Payment Rates (30 KB Excel)

GLRI Screening Tool: Application Screening Tool (126 KB PDF)

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