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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. View the 2016-2017 GLRI Report for more information and successes.

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 and Appendix (46 KB PDF) and Spanish EQIP Application and Appendix (52 KB PDF)

2019 Sign-Up Information 

Nearshore Health (May 17, 2019 Deadline)

Invasive Species (May 17, 2019 Deadline)

Wildlife Habitat (June 21, 2019 Deadline)

GLRI Demonstration Farms

Lower Fox Demonstration Farms Network

The Lower Fox Demonstration Farms Network (“Fox Demo Farms”) is a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) project designed to showcase and demonstrate leading edge conservation practices that improve Great Lakes water quality by reducing phosphorus from entering Green Bay and Lake Michigan. The partnership is the first of its kind in the Great Lakes region and it consists of six producers within the Fox River Basin, their crop consultants, Brown and Outagamie County Land and Water Conservation Departments, the NRCS, University of Wisconsin-Extension, and the Great Lakes Commission.

Door-Kewaunee Watershed Demonstration Farm Network

Northeastern Wisconsin's Door-Kewaunee Watershed is now home to a network of farms that will demonstrate the best conservation practices to protect the Great Lakes. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and the NRCS are tackling this effort in cooperation with Peninsula Pride Farms, a farmer-led organization. Groundwater and surface water quality are top priorities for the farmers of the Door-Kewaunee Watershed Demonstration Farm Network, who contend with shallow, fractured bedrock that can provide a direct path for contaminants. 

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For additional information, contact at Matt.Otto@wi.usda.gov, Resource Conservationist, 608-662-4422 ext. 245.

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