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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) efforts under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) are focused on protecting and restoring priority watersheds in the Great Lakes Basin.

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.

The first step in seeking NRCS assistance is to call your local USDA Service Center and make an appointment with NRCS staff that will help you identify the natural resource problems and opportunities on your farm, define your conservation objectives, and inventory your soil, water, air, plant and animal resources. Much of this information will require a field visit to see your operation and to evaluate the resource concerns you may have. You can work with NRCS to develop a conservation plan. Financial assistance from NRCS farm bill programs or other Federal, State and local conservation programs may be available to help fund some of the conservation practices outlined in your plan.

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Program Contact

Jessica Weis, Initiatives Coordinator
Phone: 651-602-7933