Federal Programs









Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)
Supports the call for voluntary action to protect and restore watersheds in the region. NRCS is working with its conservation partners in the eight-state area to combat invasive species, protect watersheds and shorelines, reduce non-point source pollution, and restore wetlands and other habitat areas.

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
Provides technical and financial assistance to eligible farmers and ranchers to address soil, water, and related natural resource concerns on their lands in an environmentally beneficial and cost-effective manner.

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
It supports production agriculture and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, agricultural producers may receive financial and technical help with structural and management conservation practices on agricultural land.

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
is a voluntary conservation program that encourages producers to address resource concerns in a comprehensive manner by undertaking additional conservation activities, while improving, maintaining, and managing any existing conservation activities.

Wetland Reserve Program (WRP)
is a voluntary conservation program that offers landowners the means and opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property through perpetual easements, 30 year easements or Land Treatment Contracts.

Nutrient Management
Nutrient Management is defined as the management of the 4R’s of Nutrient Management: Right amount (rate), Right source, Right placement (method of application), and Right timing of commercial fertilizers, manure, soil amendments, and organic by-products to agricultural landscapes as a source of plant nutrients while protecting local air, soil and water quality.

Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB)
Lake Erie is part of the Great Lakes System which contains 20 percent of all the freshwater in the world. Numerous Federal and State reports have identified Lake Erie as impaired due to excessive loadings of sediment and nutrients. Long-term water quality monitoring has identified the Maumee River as being the largest single contributor of nonpoint source pollution to the Lake.