Gallagher Applauds Grant to Outagamie County Land Conservation

September 10, 2019
Press Release

Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today released the following statement after the Great Lakes Commission announced that Outagamie County Land Conservation has been awarded a $199,946 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant. The Outagamie County Land Conservation project will install roughly 600 acres of cover crops, conservation tillage, and low disturbance manure injection as a continuous system. It will also incentivize farmers to enroll in these multi-year cropping practices.

“The health of the Great Lakes is critical to our economy and way of life in Northeast Wisconsin,” said Rep. Gallagher. “This is yet another example of how the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative supports critical projects in our community, and I congratulate Outagamie County Land Conservation on this significant recognition of their work to protect the health of our waterways and communities. I look forward to continue working in bipartisan fashion to support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in Congress.”

“I’d like to congratulate Outagamie County Land Conservation for being awarded this grant in support of their work protecting the health and sustainability of our Great Lakes,” said Darren Nichols, executive director of the Great Lakes Commission. “This project demonstrates the power of the GLRI to generate critical economic and environmental improvements for communities throughout the region. Thank you to Congressman Gallagher for their continued support of this important initiative.”

Every year, tons of polluting phosphorus and sediments enter the Great Lakes Basin, causing economic and environmental losses and 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, 13 projects totaling over $2.2 million 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.

In March, Rep. Gallagher testified before the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies to urge his colleagues to maintain at least $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in FY2020. You can see his full testimony HERE.

Rep. Gallagher is also a co-sponsor of H.R. 4031, the GLRI Act of 2019, which would authorize GLRI through FY2026 and increase funding up to $475 million by 2026.

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