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NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program - Great Lakes Region

posted on 2024-02-13, 12:50 authored by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

America’s Great Lakes — Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario — hold 21 percent of the world’s surface fresh water and host habitat for a variety of fish and wildlife species of concern. They provide drinking water for more than 40 million people and economic benefits from fishing and recreation. The Great Lakes Region is also a major agricultural area, with more than 55 million acres of land under production.

All of these uses impact the Great Lakes ecosystem. With the CCA designation, USDA will build on existing strong partnerships in the Great Lakes Region to provide approaches and tools for producers to better manage nutrients and sediment on agricultural land. Accelerated conservation on private lands will help improve water quality, leading to better habitat for fish and wildlife and increased economic opportunities, including maintaining agricultural productivity in this vital region.

This dataset includes a printer-friendly CCA map and shapefiles for GIS.

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Data contact name

Biggs, Angela

Data contact email


USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Temporal Extent Start Date


Temporal Extent End Date



  • Not specified

Geographic Coverage


Geographic location - description

Great Lakes Region

ISO Topic Category

  • biota
  • environment
  • inlandWaters

National Agricultural Library Thesaurus terms

Great Lakes; Michigan; Ontario; freshwater; habitats; fish; wildlife; drinking water; financial economics; recreation; Great Lakes region; data collection; geographic information systems; landowners; right of access; conservation programs; Chesapeake Bay; watersheds; Environmental Quality Incentives Program; flood control; forests; silver; Delaware River; lakes; governmental programs and projects; environmental enrichment

OMB Bureau Code

  • 005:53 - Natural Resources Conservation Service

Pending citation

  • No

Public Access Level

  • Public

Preferred dataset citation

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (2018). NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program - Great Lakes Region. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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