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Farmer-Led Conservation to get a Boost in Western Lake Erie Basin

Farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin will get a boost through the Farmers taking Action to Protect Water Quality in Western Lake Erie Basin grant project, recently funded through the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation. 

The Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) has received $480,000 over three years to increase farmer adoption of conservation practices to protect water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin and strengthen farmer leadership to encourage neighbor action.  MACD will be working with the River Raisin Watershed Council, the Lenawee Conservation District and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) as project partners.

 

“This project targets the development of outreach tools, the expansion of Farmer-Led Conservation groups; and will also provide funds for farmers to distribute to improve water quality within the River Raisin Watershed,” said Lori Phalen MACD Executive Director, “we are pleased to be working with such outstanding partners to foster continued farmer-led progress within the watershed.”

“River Raisin Watershed Council is excited to continue a program that has brought attention to our efforts to partner with the local conservation district and the agricultural community through local Farmer-Led Conservation Groups and help tell their story of successes and conservation practices that reduce their impact on soil and nutrient losses in the Western Lake Erie Basin.  This truly is a grassroots effort to educate and implement meaningful agricultural practices throughout the River Raisin Watershed” states Stephen May Executive Director.

The Western Lake Erie Basin encompasses nearly 6 million acres of land (drained by the Maumee, Portage and Ottawa Rivers), as well as the open waters of Maumee Bay- the region’s gateway to Lake Erie and one of the most biologically diverse, productive and economically important areas of the Great Lakes system. 

The Michigan Association of Conservation Districts is a 501(c)3 organization that represents the interests of Michigan Conservation Districts and works to strengthen Districts through leadership, information and representation at the state level.  Michigan’s 77 Conservation Districts are the local providers of natural resource management services that help our citizens conserve their lands and our environment for a cleaner, healthier, economically stronger Michigan.

 

The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation’s mission is to nurture environmentally healthy and culturally vibrant communities in metro Detroit, consistent with sustainable business models, and support initiatives to restore the Great Lakes Ecosystem.  The Foundation is committed to the standards and approaches of sustainability, organizational effectiveness, collaboration and leadership in support of its mission.  

Lori Phalen

MACD Executive Director

"Environmental Help Available for WLEB Farmers"

 

ADRIAN — Lenawee County farmers seeking to be more environmentally friendly will get help through a grant intended to help protect the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) and River Raisin Watershed.

In a joint statement released Friday, the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) said it will receive $480,000 over the next three years from the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation to be used to help increase farmer adoption of conservation practices to protect water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) and strengthen farmer leadership to encourage neighbor action. MACD work with the River Raisin Watershed Council, Lenawee Conservation District and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) as project partners.

 

In Michigan, the WLEB includes Lenawee and Monroe counties and portions of Branch, Hillsdale, Jackson, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

 

The WLEB encompasses nearly 6 million acres of land, drained by the Maumee, Portage and Ottawa Rivers, as well as the open waters of Maumee Bay — the region’s gateway to Lake Erie and one of the most biologically diverse, productive and economically important areas of the Great Lakes system.

 

“This project targets the development of outreach tools, the expansion of farmer-led conservation groups and also will provide funds for farmers to distribute to improve water quality within the River Raisin Watershed,” Lori Phalen, MACD executive director, said in the statement. “We are pleased to be working with such outstanding partners to foster continued farmer-led progress within the watershed.”

 

The MACD is a non-profit representing the interests of Michigan Conservation Districts. It works to strengthen districts through leadership, information and representation at the state level.

 

“The River Raisin Watershed Council is excited to continue a program that has brought attention to our efforts to partner with the local conservation district and the agricultural community through local farmer-led conservation groups and help tell their story of successes and conservation practices that reduce their impact on soil and nutrient losses in the Western Lake Erie Basin,” Stephen May, River Raisin Watershed Council executive director, said in the joint statement.

 

“This truly is a grassroots effort to educate and implement meaningful agricultural practices throughout the River Raisin Watershed,” May added.

 

The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation’s mission is to nurture environmentally healthy and culturally vibrant communities in metro Detroit, consistent with sustainable business models, and support initiatives to restore the Great Lakes ecosystem. The foundation is committed to the standards and approaches of sustainability, organizational effectiveness, collaboration and leadership in support of its mission.

October 30, 2016 By: Daily Telegram Staff