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GLIN==> Erosion and Sediment Control Funding Opportunity

Funding available for projects to prevent erosion, address sediment

Ann Arbor, Mich.óDoes your organization have an erosion prevention or
sediment control project you would like to implement?  If so, the Great
Lakes Basin Program may be able to help fund it.   The Basin Program's
FY2001 request for proposals (RFP) is now available from the Great Lakes
Commission.  Since 1991, the Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion
and Sediment Control has supported 158 projects totaling almost $4.7
million dollars.

These projects protect and improve Great Lakes water quality by
controlling erosion and sedimentation, limiting the input of associated
nutrients and toxic contaminants, and minimizing sources of sediment to
the Great Lakes and their tributaries.  Projects may demonstrate
effective erosion control techniques, provide program and technical
assistance, or address information and education needs.  Applications
are due Jan. 17, 2001.

Eligible applicants include units of state, county and municipal
government; tribal authorities; watershed councils; soil and water
conservation districts; academic institutions; environmental groups; and
other nonfederal public entities or nonprofit organizations in the
United States.

The Basin Program is a joint federal and state initiative with funding
provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources
Conservation Service and program coordination provided by the Great
Lakes Commission.  A regional Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Task Force
oversees the program and determines funding priorities.

"The Basin Program has helped fill a gap for natural resource protection
in the Great Lakes basin by providing grants to a wide variety of local
resource management agencies and nongovernmental organizations to
undertake many innovative projects," said Task Force Chair, Jim Bredin,
Assistant to the Director, Office of the Great Lakes, Michigan
Department of Environmental Quality.  "One strength of the Basin Program
is its ability to get funds quickly to successful applicants, allowing
the project officers to implement goals in a timely manner."

Request for proposals available on-line:  http://www.glc.org/

For copies of the RFP or to add names to the RFP mailing list, contact
Pat Gable at pegable@glc.org or 734-665-9135.  For all other inquiries
contact Tom Crane, tcrane@glc.org or 734-665-9135.

The Great Lakes Commission, chaired by Nathaniel E. Robinson
(Wisconsin),  is a nonpartisan, binational compact agency created by
state and U.S.   federal law and dedicated to promoting a strong
economy, healthy environment and high quality of life for the Great
Lakes-St. Lawrence  region and its residents.  The Commission consists
of state legislators,  agency officials and governors' appointees from
its eight member states.
 Associate membership for Ontario and Quebec was established through the
signing of a "Declaration of Partnership."  The Commission maintains a
formal Observer program involving U.S. and Canadian federal agencies,
tribal authorities, binational agencies and other regional interests.
The Commission offices are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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