By Tess Van Gorder
While COVID-19 has put a stop to many events, work on voluntary conservation programs still pushes forward. In April, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced over $9 million in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grants to address nutrient runoff from non-point sources.
Michigan-based projects, from stormwater projects to manure management, received almost a third of that funding.
Michigan Farm Bureau and several partners are collaborating with Michigan State University’s Institute of Water Research on a GLRI grant aimed at boosting nutrient management practices in the Saginaw River watershed to enhance water quality in Saginaw Bay and surrounding areas.
How do we increase the adoption of nutrient management practices? The easy answer is YOU!
Our project supports the development of peer-to-peer farmer networks — farmer-led groups — because YOU are the experts and the trusted voices in your communities. Within your own networks, you’ll have opportunities for collaborating on a variety of different nutrient management strategies.
While the project in the Saginaw watershed has just begun, it has a successful model to emulate in the Western Lake Erie Basin, where a Farmer-Led Watershed Conservation Group has set the pace for similar groups.
Saginaw watershed farmers interested in the peer-to-peer concept are encouraged to visit their website. You might see the familiar names and faces of some fellow Farm Bureau members leading conservation efforts in the southeast corner of the state.
For more information about the Saginaw River Watershed GLRI, don’t hesitate contact me at [email protected] or 517-323-6711.