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. This action plan covers fiscal years 2010 through 2014 and addresses urgent issues such as cleaning up toxics and areas of concern; combating invasive species; promoting nearshore health by protecting watersheds from polluted run-off; restoring wetlands; and tracking progress and working with strategic partners.
As a component of the GLRI Action Plan, 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 is anticipating to offer financial assistance in 2014 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 activities related to controlling invasive species and restoring wetland and other critical habitats.
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.
Apply now for GLRI-EQIP Financial Assistance
To apply, please contact your local NRCS Service Center.
Wisconsin Priority Watersheds
Technical assistance is currently available to producers located in the Lower Fox, Manitowoc-Sheboygan, and Milwaukee watersheds to assist with conservation planning needs. Financial assistance through EQIP is anticipated to be available in 2014 for implementation of select conservation practices.
For additional information, contact Eric Allness at firstname.lastname@example.org, Wisconsin GLRI Program Coordinator, 608-662-4422 ext. 246.