GRAFTON – The Fund for Lake Michigan has awarded a grant to the Sand County Foundation to assist the Village of Grafton with water quality efforts.
The $100,000 grant is in support of Sand County Foundation’s outreach with farmers to implement conservation practices that will limit the amount of phosphorus entering local waterways.
The Village of Grafton is located in Ozaukee County and within the Milwaukee River Basin.
The grant supports Sand County Foundation’s two-year commitment to the Innovations for Phosphorus Compliance in the Near Shore Milwaukee River Basin project.
Sand County Foundation, a national non-profit that works at the intersection of agriculture and environmental improvement, will support the Village of Grafton to reduce nutrient and sediment losses from farms upstream as a cost-effective means to improve water quality and meet village wastewater discharge permit requirements.
To date, the Fund for Lake Michigan has awarded 352 grants totaling $23 million to non-profit organizations and local government agencies, who partner with the private sector on water quality improvement projects than promise broad social, economic and environmental returns.
Launched in 2011, the Fund for Lake Michigan supports investments throughout the Lake Michigan watershed that improve water quality, create jobs, raise real estate values, revive communities, clean waterfronts, support habitats and drive tourism.
Sand County Foundation tests and demonstrates conservation practices with farmers, ranchers, foresters and businesses. These efforts produce clean water, healthy soil, abundant wildlife habitat and opportunities for outdoor recreation.