The Great Lakes Commission is awarding more than $1.2 million to help reduce the runoff of sediment, nutrients, and other pollutants into the Great Lakes and their tributaries. As part of the total funding, the GLC is allocating $200,000 to support the Spy Run Creek restoration project in Fort Wayne’s Franke Park.
The project involves the regrading, stabilization and planting of 1,700 feet of the Spy Run Creek’s streambanks to reduce sediment and nutrient-loading in the Upper Maumee Watershed.
The $200,000 grant is part of the Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program, which helps local, state and tribal governments and nonprofits to install erosion and nutrient control practices in the Great Lakes basin. The GLC says the program and funding ultimately help to prevent harmful algal blooms and dead zones.
According to the commission, this year’s projects are focused on long-term sediment and nutrient management, streambank restoration, and green infrastructure.
The GLC is comprised of members from the eight U.S. states and two Canadian provinces in the Great Lakes basin.
You can connect to more information about the Spy Run Creek restoration project by clicking here.