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Lake Erie on Sept. 7. (NOAA)

The Great Lakes Commission on Monday announced $2.2 million in grants to reduce the runoff of sediment, nutrients, and other pollutants into the Great Lakes.

That includes $200,000 for bank stabilization on the Chagrin River, which runs into Lake Erie.

Grant recipients will use the funding to install controls or add practices that limit sediment or nutrient runoff, which contributes to harmful algal blooms and dead zones in the lakes.

“Protecting water quality across the Great Lakes requires working closely with local partners to implement solutions,” commission chair John Linc Stine said in a statement.“This program enables communities to take creative approaches and direct action designed to promote sustainable change to reduce nonpoint sources of phosphorus.”

Funding comes from the annual $300 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Grants were awarded to the following:

  • Lenawee Conservation District, Michigan – $190,000 for erosion control
  • Macatawa Area Coordinating Council, Michigan  $190,000 for sediment and phosphorus reduction
  • Michigan State University, Michigan – $72,450 for riverbank restoration
  • Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District, Minnesota – $200,000 for green stormwater infrastructure
  • Allegany Soil and Water Conservation District, New York – $89,729 for streambank stabilization
  • Allegany Soil and Water Conservation District on behalf of Genesee River Watershed Coalition of Conservation Districts, New York – $200,000 for streambank erosion remediation
  • Center for Environmental Initiatives, New York – $196,704 for riverbank restoration
  • Blanchard River Watershed Partnership, Ohio – $142,020 for nutrient tracking
  • Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Ohio – $194,278 for streambank stabilization
  • Lucas County Engineers’ Office, Ohio – $200,000 for structural installation and sediment removal
  • Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District, Ohio – $170,043 for nutrient trapping
  • Hyslop Foundation, Inc., Wisconsin – $154,830 for wetland restoration
  • Outagamie County Land Conservation, Wisconsin – $199,946 for conservation practice enrollment