Great News for our shared Great Lakes from Our American Neighbours

Buffalo Area Congressman  Announces $163,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant for Western New York

News from the Buffalo Area Office of  Democratic Congressman Brian Higgins

Posted August 21st, 2018 on Niagara At Large

(A Brief Foreword Note from NAL reporter and publisher Doug Draper i – My many years as an environment reporter at The St. Catharines Standard taught me that any news from jurisdictions on either side of the Canada/U.S. border that they are taking steps to fund and carry out water protection programs in the Great Lakes Basin is great news for all of us whose lives depend on the health of these freshwater bodies.

Congressman Higgins’ announcement falls into that category. So thank you Congressman Higgins for this good news, and now here it is.)

U.S Congressman Brian Higgins, a Democrat representing the Buffalo/Western New York area.

Buffalo, New York – Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District has been awarded a $163,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant by the Great Lakes Commission.

“This award represents national recognition of Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District’s important work to protect the health of our waterways and communities,” said Congressman Higgins, a member of the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force. 

“This grant is also a reminder of the need to protect Great Lakes Restoration Initiative resources, which have contributed to the cleanup of our rivers and lakes, as well as the recent growth of Western New York’s economy.”

The Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District project will install streambank stabilization practices, establish cover crops, and demonstrate the benefits of single-species cover crop usage in the Upper Buffalo Creek watershed.

“Working with local partners to implement these conservation practices is critical to protecting water quality in the Great Lakes region,” said John Linc Stine, chair of the GLC and commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. “This program enables communities to take specific, measured steps toward reducing the sediment and nutrient runoff affecting their local watersheds.”

Looking across Lake Erie as it enters the Niagara River from Fort Erie, Ontario to Buffalo, New York. photo by Doug Draper

Every year, tons of polluting phosphorus and sediments enter the Great Lakes Basin, causing massive economic and environmental losses and damages and contributing to the formation of Harmful Algal Blooms and dead zones.

The Great Lakes Commission manages the Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program which strategically addresses this problem with a unique, targeted grass roots approach which awards grants to nonfederal agencies and nonprofit organizations in priority watersheds throughout the region.

This year, seven projects totaling over $900,000 were funded by the Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program to install on-the-land practices to reduce phosphorus runoff and sedimentation into the Great Lakes.

Funding for this program is provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, under a cooperative agreement between the Great Lakes Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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