NRCS is assisting with the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative by focusing technical and financial assistance on priority watersheds. Private landowners and tribes within these watersheds are encouraged to utilize this assistance to implement conservation activities that will benefit the Great Lakes ecosystem.
Through GLRI, financial assistance is available from existing NRCS programs. A working group including NRCS-Michigan staff and conservation partners developed a plan that identified priority watersheds and conservation practices to most effectively address resource concerns affecting the Great Lakes. The resource concerns identified include non-point source pollution from agricultural activities, degradation of wildlife and aquatic habitats, and terrestrial invasive species. High priority watersheds were determined using existing watershed assessments and priorities determined by the Environmental Protection Agency.
A sign-up is underway for conservation financial assistance available through GLRI for designated watersheds in Michigan. The 2019 sign-up includes two priority areas: 1.) nearshore health priority watersheds and 2.) invasive species watersheds (see priority area maps below). Some watersheds are included in more than one priority area.
Financial assistance for GLRI is provided through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.