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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

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The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) supports the call for voluntary action to protect and restore watersheds in the region. NRCS is working with its conservation partners in an eight-state area to combat invasive species, protect watersheds and shorelines, reduce non-point source pollution, and restore wetlands and other habitat areas.

NRCS in Ohio has received funding through the GLRI to administer programs for producers in Ohio’s portion of the Western Lake Erie Basin.  Producers in the following sub-watershed of the Western Lake Erie Basin are eligible to receive funding under the GLRI program: the Blanchard, Lower Maumee, Auglaize, Cedar-Portage, Sandusky, St. Marys, Ottawa, St. Joseph, Tiffin, and Upper Maumee Watersheds.  NRCS in Ohio has designated the Blanchard River sub-watersheds to receive priority points in the ranking system.  Producers in all of the Great Lakes Watersheds are still encouraged to apply. The counties in Ohio that have land in all or part of these watersheds include: Allen, Auglaize, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Marion, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Van Wert, Williams, Wood and Wyandot.

Through financial assistance and technical assistance, NRCS is assisting private landowners with conservation planning and a variety of conservation practices, such as cover crops, conservation crop rotations, filter strips, nutrient management and wetlands restoration. The NRCS Farm Bill conservation program available to farmers is:

  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)-This program is designed for agricultural producers actively using their land for agriculture or non-industrial forest 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 degradation. Examples of practices that may be used in this program include nutrient management, cover crops, waste storage facility, crop residue management, tree and shrub planting, and filter strips. Program payment rates for EQIP are approximately 75 percent of the practice cost, except for historically underserved program participants, who will receive approximately 90 percent of the cost of the practice.

Contact an NRCS office in your area:

  • Allen County, 419-223-0040

  • Auglaize County, 419-738-4016

  • Crawford County, 419-562-2203

  • Defiance County, 419-782-8751

  • Erie County, 419-626-6419

  • Fulton County, 419-337-9217

  • Hancock County, 419-422-5438

  • Hardin County, 419-673-7238

  • Henry County, 419-592-2926

  • Huron County, 419-668-4113

  • Lucas County, 419-337-9217

  • Marion County, 740-387-1314


  • Mercer County, 419-586-2548

  • Ottawa County, 419-898-6431

  • Paulding County, 419-399-3841

  • Putnam County, 419-523-5159

  • Richland County, 419-747-8691

  • Sandusky County, 419-523-5159

  • Seneca County, 419-447-7073

  • Shelby County, 937-492-6520

  • Van Wert County, 419-238-9591

  • Williams County, 419-636-2349

  • Wood County, 419-352-5172

  • Wyandot County, 419-294-2311











Program Manager

Barbara Baker
Assistant State Conservationist for Natural Resources