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 U.S. Forest Service and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are working together to improve the health of forests where public forests and grasslands connect to privately owned lands. The Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership enables the NRCS and the Forest Service to leverage technical and financial assistance collaboratively alongside agricultural producers and forest landowners to help reduce wildfire threats, protect water quality and supply, and improve wildlife habitat for at-risk species.
During the new three-year projects, landowners will work with local USDA experts, both NRCS and Forest Service, and partners to apply targeted forestry management practices on their land, such as thinning, hazardous fuel treatments, fire breaks and other systems, to meet unique forestry challenges.
Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative(MRBI)
The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has identified the Mississippi River basin as a top priority due to water quality concerns, primarily related to the effects of nutrient loading on the health of local water bodies and, eventually, the Gulf of Mexico.
Through the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI), NRCS and partners work with producers and landowners to implement voluntary conservation practices that improve water quality, restore wetlands, enhance wildlife habitat and sustain agricultural profitability in the Mississippi River basin
National Water Quality Initiative(NWQI)
The National Water Quality Initiative will work in priority watersheds to help farmers, ranchers and forest landowners improve water quality and aquatic habitats in impaired streams. NRCS will help producers implement conservation and management practices through a systems approach to control and trap nutrient and manure runoff. Qualified producers will receive assistance for installing conservation practices such as cover crops, filter strips and terraces.