2014 Freshwater Future Grant Recipients

Spring Project Grant Awards

Pointes Protection Association

Grant Amount: $3500

Project Title: Pointes Protection Association Participation in a Provincial Appeal of a Development Proposal that will destroy an important Lake Superior Coastal Wetland

Project Description: Pointes Protection Association will work to protect wetlands in the of Pointe Louise and Pointe aux Pins region of Lake Superior by presenting a strong case before the Ontario Municipal Board, in the hopes of protecting the wetlands from complete destruction. PPA will also continue to educate the public on the wetland’s importance.

 

Concerned Citizens of Big Bay

Grant Amount: $2500

Project Title: Environmental Monitoring Issues Around Lundin’s Eagle Mine

Project Description: Concerned Citizens of Big Bay will engage in real time, quality, and reliable monitoring of air and water quality at the mine site, along the transportation route. They will engage the public as needed on issues relevant to the mine and road.

 

Native American Educational Technologies (NAET)

Grant Amount: $3500

Project Title: Native American Media /HELP Stop the Mine, Protect the Water

Project Description: Freshwater Future will support NAET’s ongoing effort to counter the mining company PR and encourage positive networking between Native People and non-Natives NAET will provide media tools, cameras, training workshops and on the ground organizing direction for this large coalition. They will then help the community gather video footage of every meeting/hearing/rally/action which will then be used to not only counter GTac’s public relations media blitz, but also provide a great tool for regional governing bodies to use to gather knowledge about the proposed mine. They will continue to bring together traditional tribal elders and spiritual leaders with grassroots organizers, local residents and statewide groups all focused on protecting this very valuable watershed.

 

Save the Wild UP

Grant Amount: $3500

Project Title: Empowering Citizen Petitioning of the EPA to Protect Michigan’s Waters

Project Description: SWUP proposes to facilitate legal research and citizen petitions to the EPA and utilize its ‘Environmental Appeals Board (EAB)’ to review federal mining laws and permitting processes. Freshwater Future funding will allow for legal research into the feasibility and appropriateness of federal mining oversight, and also provide opportunities for citizens to petition — and then potentially appeal in the event a petition is ignored or rejected — the EAB to review federal mining laws and permitting processes. Specifically, work should focus on permits that would be sought under federal statute, in which there is no current regulatory state program, NPDES and UIC in particular.

 

Porter County Chapter Izaak Walton League of America

Grant Amount: $1000

Project Title: Preserve and Restore Trout Streams in the East Branch Little Calumet Headwaters

Project Description: In order to preserve and restore trout streams in the east branch Little Calumet headwaters, the Porter County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League will work to add protective language for Special Use Streams into the LaPorte County Drainage Code. The Porter County Chapter will start by gathering needed information. This would include contacting owners of critical natural and damaged stream habitat and solicit their cooperation in this effort. In the meantime, the League will promote conservation easements and existing landowner programs, like the DNR Classified Wildlands Program. The next phase would be to connect landowners with agencies who can help do and pay for restoration and maintenance. Lastly, the summarized findings will be presented to the Drainage Board, with suggested language for the new drainage ordinance. The final goal is that the language is updated, the ordinance is passed and enforcement of these new regulations will begin.

 

Antrim County United through Ecology (ACUTE)

Grant Amount: $2000

Project Title: Additional Funding for 2013 Spring Project Grant, Largest TCE Plum in the Nation: Community Engagement

Project Description: Antrim County United Through Ecology (ACUTE) will use additional funds for administrative support for the facilitated ACUTE advocacy process. Specifically, these funds would be used for the following: posting of meeting dates, time and place; posting of meeting agenda(s); recording and mailing of meeting minutes; any expenses related to meeting space and accommodations; travel, rooms and meals related to achieving project goals and; possible professional facilitation consultation (only if needed) and the publication and distribution of ACUTE community stakeholder outcomes.

 

Hydraulic Fracturing Spring Project Grants

Trout Unlimited

Grant Amount: $12000

Project Title: 2014 Collaboration to Project Michigan from High Volume Horizontal Fracturing

Project Description:

Trout Unlimited’s part in the collaborative grant with Freshwater Future, West Michigan Environmental Council, Trout Unlimited and Michigan Environmental inclusedes a push for public policy modifications for high volume horizontal hydrofracking (HVHF) in Michigan to protect the state’s ground and surface waters for future generations. This effort comes under our Wege Foundation grant entitled “Collaboration to Protect Michigan from High Volume Horizontal Fracturing.”

Services provided by Trout Unlimited include:
• Work with Sierra Club to expand Trout Unlimited’s water monitoring program.
• Capture baseline flow data at a minimum of 30 sites per year, with follow up at 10 sites per year to, be used to help rectify water quantity issues should they occur and educate policy decision makers with meaningful data.

 

West Michigan Environmental Action Council

Grant Amount: $72770

Project Title: 2014 Collaboration to Project Michigan from High Volume Horizontal Fracturing

Project Description:

Western Michigan Environmental Action Council’s part in the collaborative grant with Freshwater Future, Michigan Environmental Council, and Sierra Club inclusedes a push for public policy modifications for high volume horizontal hydrofracking (HVHF) in Michigan to protect the state’s ground and surface waters for future generations. This effort comes under our Wege Foundation grant entitled “Collaboration to Protect Michigan from High Volume Horizontal Fracturing.”

Services provided by Western Michigan Environmental Action Council include:
• Help explore opportunities to strategically influence state and local policy and regulation to protect our state’s natural resources when and where monitoring data directly supports action, including meeting with and educating decision makers, informing citizen advocates, or providing comments during public opportunities.
• Equip local communities to strengthen their ordinances related to direct and ancillary impacts of HVHF by working with Kent County Water Conservation and FLOW, to engage citizen leaders, governmental officials, grass tops opinion makers in hosting a day-long education event.
• Partnering with FLOW, provide technical assistance to six counties and/or local townships interested in strengthening their ordinances to protect communities from the direct and ancillary impacts of HVHF.
• With project partners FLOW and KCWC, organize and train 10-citzen leaders to lead grass roots organizing in townships likely to be impacted by HVHF.
• Expand the previously developed www.know fracking.org to adapt the website to include links to educational information, opportunities for advocacy, and success stories in localities throughout the state.

 

Sierra Club Michigan Chapter

Grant Amount: $71230

Project Title: 2014 Collaboration to Project Michigan from High Volume Horizontal Fracturing

Project Description:

Sierra Club Michigan Chapter’s part in the collaborative grant with Freshwater Future, West Michigan Environmental Council and Michigan Environmental inclusedes a push for public policy modifications for high volume horizontal hydrofracking (HVHF) in Michigan to protect the state’s ground and surface waters for future generations. This effort comes under our Wege Foundation grant entitled “Collaboration to Protect Michigan from High Volume Horizontal Fracturing.”

Services provided by Sierra Club Michigan Chapter include:
• Working with Trout Unlimited, capture baseline flow data to be used to help rectify water quantity issues should they occur and educate policy decision makers with meaningful data.
• Help explore opportunities to strategically influence state and local policy and regulation to protect our state’s natural resources when and where monitoring data directly supports action, including meeting with and educating decision makers, informing citizen advocates, or providing comments during public opportunities.
• Engaging Sierra Club members, supporters and interested members of the public in the permitting and other drilling-related agency decisions in their communities.
• Build a core of informed, engaged and skilled volunteers to both track permit proposals and educate others through media and social outreach. Under Sierra Club’s guidance, the Citizen Corps will track and comment on at least 12 permit applications during the first year of the contract period. Additionally, seek to increase capacity to track and comment on at least 15 in year 2, and add a similar process for related EPA underground injection control permits.

 

Michigan Environmental Council

Grant Amount: $50000

Project Title: 2014 Collaboration to Project Michigan from High Volume Horizontal Fracturing

Project Description:

Michigan Environmental Council’s part in the collaborative grant with Freshwater Future, West Michigan Environmental Council and Michigan Environmental inclusedes a push for public policy modifications for high volume horizontal hydrofracking (HVHF) in Michigan to protect the state’s ground and surface waters for future generations. This effort comes under our Wege Foundation grant entitled “Collaboration to Protect Michigan from High Volume Horizontal Fracturing.”

Services provided by Michigan Environmental Council include:
• Help shape the University of Michigan, Graham Institute’s analysis of public policy options for HVHF to strengthen existing regulations of HVHF to protect Michigan’s environment.
• Based on flow and water quality monitoring results, help explore opportunities to strategically influence state and local policy and regulation, including meeting with and educating decision makers, informing citizen advocates, or providing comments during public opportunities about monitoring results.
• Continue giving presentations to public gatherings of civic, social, political and other organizations on the challenges HVHF poses to Michigan’s environment and needed policy responses to those challenges.
• Meet with key State Capitol decision makers on HVHF and related policy ideas and remain in regular communication with members of the Snyder administration on HVHF, ensuring that they have all the latest information and perspective they need to protect Michigan from environmental challenges related to HVHF.

Fall Project Grant Awards

Save Our Sky Blue Waters

Grant Amount: $1000

Project Title: Upper Midwest Asbestos and Mining Workshop

Project Description: This grant will support a workshop, to be held in spring 2015.
Watersheds Canada (Formerly Centre for Sustainable Watersheds)

Grant Amount: $1500

Project Title: The Future of our Freshwater Meeting with Maude Barlow

Project Description: This project supporting implementation of Centre for Sustainable Watersheds’ fundraising plans will help fund special guest speaker Maude Barlow at their first annual Watersheds Gala, scheduled for January 22nd, 2015 at Codes Mill in Perth, Ontario. The goal is to raise awareness about the state of freshwater in the Great Lakes region and bring in financial support that will go directly towards CSW’s work in protecting the health of local lakes and rivers.

 

Rogue River Watershed

Grant Amount: $1500

Project Title: Wetland Education and Restoration in the Rogue River Watershed

Project Description: Rogue River Watershed Partners will support efforts of Trout Unlimited’s Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative project. Specifically, Trout Unlimited is applying to the Department of Environmental Quality Nonpoint Source Program to support the restoration of wetland and riparian areas in the Rogue River watershed. The Rogue River Watershed Partners will (1) organize and host 2 wetland workshops for property owners to educate and increase awareness of Farm Bill and other assistance programs that are available, (2) meet with landowners in identified critical areas for wetland restoration to secure “shovel-ready” projects in the future, and (3) support the installation of a 2 acre wetland in downtown Cedar Springs along Cedar Creek, an important coldwater tributary to the Rogue River.

 

Highway J

Grant Amount: $2000

Project Title: Grassroots Initiative to Prevent  Environmental Impacts from a Road Expansion in Wisconsin

Project Description: Highway J Citizens Group will continue their grassroots initiative to stop the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s (WisDOT) Highway 164 four-lane expansion project in both Washington and Waukesha Counties. WisDOT is still attempting to expand Highway 164 in direct violation of two precedent-setting federal court decisions (which established more rigorous environmental standards for road expansion projects especially for indirect effects, cumulative impacts, reasonable alternatives analysis, wetland filling permits and public hearings). In addition, they will work with hydrogeological experts to insist that the responsible government agencies and leaking landfill owners completely clean-up the worsening groundwater contamination problems in the Ackerville area. If these efforts do not yield positive results, then the HJCG plans to take legal action to obtain this long-overdue groundwater contamination clean-up.

 

Save Lake Superior Association

Grant Amount: $2500

Project Title: Mining law and regulations review regarding sulfide mines

Project Description: For this project, SLSA will retain legal expertise to review the substantive comments related to the EIS and permit process for the PolyMet mining project, sort out the various issues and causes of action, and prepare a comprehensive legal analysis, which we can then use (and share with allies such as WaterLegacy and others in the mining cluster) in the process of retaining attorneys and deciding what issues and lawsuits to pursue.

 

First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Sustainable Development Institute

Grant Amount: $2500

Project Title: Frist Nations for the protection of the Gulf of St. Lawrence: protecting the Gulf from oil development, protecting our way of life

Project Description: The project intends to develop an official document, which will put ahead Innu, Maliseet and Mi’gmaq rights and their “users of the Gulf of St. Lawrence” point of view, in order to question political leaders who have the will to go ahead with drilling for oil and gas in the Gulf. The project, which will run over the next several months, aims to give an understanding of coastal Nations rights and of way of life so that they reinforce their demand for a moratorium on oil and gas development in the Gulf.

 

Lake Michigan League of Women Voters

Grant Amount: $3000

Project Title: Education and Advocacy to Reduce Nonpoint Source Pollution at the Local Level

Project Description: This grant will fund an expansion of their education program, emphasizing advocacy, in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. The League will marshal support for effective strategies and interventions that reduce nonpoint source pollution in our waterways and lakes by organizing community meetings and campaigns. They will connect citizens to groups and efforts that promote increased green infrastructure implementation and reduction of potential pollutant sources.

 

WaterLegacy

Grant Amount: $3500

Project Title: Prevent Health Impacts from Sulfide Mining

Project Description: WaterLegacy will advocate for assessment and prevention of adverse health effects from the PolyMet project, Minnesota’s first proposed sulfide mine. They will engage citizens and professionals in advocacy to prevent sulfide mining health impacts. They will use earned media, social media, direct outreach and presentations to inform citizens about sulfide mining health impacts. They will build our coalition to prevent sulfide mining health impacts among medical professionals and groups concerned with healthy food systems. They will coach coalition members to reach out within their own networks and publications to educate their communities about sulfide mining health risks. Advocacy will target Minnesota state officials. WaterLegacy and partners will advocate that health risk assessment must develop accurate scientific data regarding harms from PolyMet pollution, and that public health impacts must be assessed before environmental review is completed or permits considered for the PolyMet sulfide mine.

Special Opportunity Grant Awards

Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination

Grant Amount: $500

Project Title: Protect the Great Lakes Watersheds from Nuclear Waste Deep Burial Sites

Project Description: In summary, funds are to be used to cover expenses associated with bringing Dr. Gordon Edwards, an international expert on nuclear waste, to Michigan to speak during the reopening of the public comment period over the draft EIS process for the proposed site.

 

Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy

Grant Amount: $5000

Project Title: Protecting Lake Superior through Land and Watershed Protection

Project Description: Funds awarded will be used to provide educational work regarding Lake Superior to the C.S. Mott Foundation board of trustees.

 

Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve

Grant Amount: $500

Project Title: Web Site and Outreach

Project Description: Funds will be used to make improvements to Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve’s web site to improve outreach, connect with volunteers and members, and update donor tracking capabilities.

 

Norwood Township Citizens for Health and Safety

Grant Amount: $500

Project Title: Technical Assistance on Environmental Impacts of Mining for Norwood Township Citizens

Project Description: Funds will be used to support fees associated with payment to Chris Grobbel, environmental expert to testify on the behalf of Norwood Township Citizens for Health and Safety, in their attempt to prevent a 33 food wide access road from being built through a wetland.

 

EcoSuperior Environmental Programs

Grant Amount: $1000

Project Title: Using Technology for Public Outreach on Renewable Energy

Project Description: EcoSuperior is set to use the funds to assist in the purchase of a Heliocentris Clean Energy Trainer. This will help expand their education outreach In school programs by providing hands on learning for students about renewable energy.

 

North Oakland Community Headwaters Land Conservancy

Grant Amount: $500

Project Title: Efforts to Recruit and Attract Major Donors and Board Members through Working to Secure Land Scheduled for Developement

Project Description: Funds will be used to recruit and attract Major Donors and Board Members while working quickly to secure land that is scheduled to be developed that is home to a newly endangered species.

 

Coal Tar Free America

Grant Amount: $500

Project Title: Travel Support to the Village of Winnetka to be a Source of Information on the Science of Coal Tar Research and Engineering of Pavement Preservation.

Project Description: Tomas Ennis will use the funds to cover transportation costs to the Village of Winnetka as a source of information on the science of coal tar research and the engineering of pavement preservation.

Spring Climate Awards

randmont Rosedale Development Corporation

Grant Amount: $5000

Project Title: Green Infrastructure in Grandmont Rosedale, a Hardest Hit Neighborhood in Detroit

Project Description: The Grandmont Rosedale community is located in Northwest Detroit, neighboring Brightmoor and within the Rouge River Watershed area. As one of Detroit’s hardest hit target areas, the Grandmont Rosedale community has recently experience widespread demolitions of abandoned homes; leaving behind many aggregated sites of vacant land. In order to prevent plant overgrowth, pest infestations and illegal dumpting, Grandmont Rosedale volunteers care for these lots on a weekly basis; mowing grass, picking up litter and installing split-rail fences. However, volunteer capacity has spread thin as more and more vacant lots are created with an ever-increasing influx of demolitions. After a series of visioning workshops, Grandmont Rosedale community memebers have decided to install green infrastucture treatments to the lots; an intervention that not only beautifies the area, but also cuts down on maintenence and upkeep requirements. Furthermore, the lot treatments will be intentionally dsignd to soak up rianwater runoff in the Rouge River and Lake Erie basin.

 

Northend Christian CDC

Grant Amount: $5000

Project Title: Community Green Infrastructure Building

Project Description: Northend Christian CDC will use funding for our Peer Training program that provides skill training for 10 participants on gardening, water harvesting, composting, transplant production, pest management, harvesting and selling at market –preparing them for urban farm employment. Through the training program, Peer Trainers will install five rain gardens to collect stormwater and enhance the Gateway Community Garden. Trainers will also learn about renewable energy at a special training.

 

Old Redford (Detroit) Gardens

Grant Amount: $4300

Project Title: Rouge River Flood Plain Families Wanting to Live Sustainably

Project Description: Old Redford Garden consists of residents in the Rouge River flood plain area (Detroit/Redford). Our goal is to protect our homes from flooding, divert storm water into rain barrels, build green infrastructure, and establish a sustainable community garden. Annually, 75% of Old Redford (Detroit) Gardens member’s streets, yards, and homes flood. We would like to do everything we possibly can to protect our neighborhood from flood waters. Funding will be used to purchase the needed equipment to implement flood protection plans by maintaining vacant lots and installing gardens.

 

Storehouse of Hope Emergency Food Pantry

Grant Amount: $4967

Project Title: North End Neighbors United Rain Garden & Solar Light Project

Project Description: Storehouse of Hope will install rain gardens at 5 (five) locations within the North End complete with solar off-grid lighting to address: the severe street flooding which occurs in the North End, prevent storm water run-off, protecting our water ways and to provide lighting to a community that has had its street lights turned off, removed or left in disrepair. The funds will be used to purchase materials for the rain gardens, solar panels, batteries and pole garden lights for a complete system. While the project goals are to do a total of 10 (ten) locations, other funding will be secured. As an off-grid system, there will be no expense to the homeowner and will allow for a great exposure for community demonstration of both of these climate impact systems.

 

Neighbors Building Brightmoor

Grant Amount: $2000

Project Title: Rainwater collection and drip irrigation system, Chatham street, Brightmoor

Project Description: Neighbors Building Brightmoor will capture rainwater to divert combined sewage overflow from the Detroit wastewater treatment system and the Rouge River, to transition to using less to no municipal water for our garden, and to grow food for and beautify our neighborhood using a drip irrigation system from rainwater catchment. We have a rainwater catchment system in place that we designed and implemented last season, as we did not have access to city water and prefer to capture precipitation for growing food. Funds will be used to purchase materials for water harvesting and drip irrigation systems.

 

Friends of Detroit & Tri-County

Grant Amount: $3000

Project Title: Help Gardens Help Us

Project Description: This project will utilize open spaces in the Hope District Area located on Detroit’s Eastside to grow gardens for beautification and food. The gardens will also be used as a training tool to help build skills that can be used to generate income for the community by selling harvest at Eastern Market. Funding will be used to construct water collection systems, native plants, and other gardening supplies.

 

Central Detroit Christian CDC

Grant Amount: $4749

Project Title: North Central Neighborhood Rain Beautification Garden

Project Description: Our proposed project will help mitigate excess storm and drainage water away from our Aquaponics farm and redirect it beneath a large Rain Garden and Beautification space surrounding the building. Funds from Freshwater Future will help to excavate the cement from the proposed planting area, purchase a diverse set of SE Michigan native flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees, as well as purchase proper irrigation piping and soil amendments to complete the project.

 

Eden Gardens Block Club

Grant Amount: $5000

Project Title: Improving and providing a water system, and cleaning and greening the area

Project Description: Despite last year’s heavy storms, which overtaxed our City’s combined sewer systems, we also experienced significant dry spells, stunting the growth of our new community urban garden. Freshwater Future funds will be applied to the building of two rain catchment systems that will capture rain water for the garden. In addition to allowing us to store water for dry spells, water catchment systems will stop rain water from running into the sewers and help to prevent soil erosion. It will also ease the burden on an aging sewer system infrastructure, such as Detroit’s, which can become overburdened by excessive rainfalls and blocked with debris, which, in turn, causes street flooding. Our project also includes purchasing fruit trees and planting the trees on a vacant lot to help absorb water, provide shade and absorb carbon, while also providing fruit trees for future generations. In addition we will purchase battery powered lawn equipment to maintain the area around the garden and vacant lots and solar security cameras.

 

Highland Park United Neighborhood Association

Grant Amount: $2000

Project Title: Keep it Green and Clean

Project Description: The HPUNA, a nonprofit membership based organization, is requesting funds to support its Keep it Green and Clean Program. The goal of the program is to return Highland Park to an environmentally friendly city of trees and well maintained green and clean neighborhoods. The program components include tree planting; maintenance and use of vacant lots to promote reduction of storm water, flood control and climate mitigation; and block by block clean-up of abandoned and vacant property. Freshwater Future funds will support the Adopt-A-Lot activities, tree planting, and/or purchase of battery-powered lawn equipment.

 

Kalamazoo Nature Center

Grant Amount: $4000

Project Title: Increasing Incremental Actions Towards Climate Resiliency through the Kalamazoo Climate Change Coalition

Project Description: The nascent Kalamazoo Climate Change Coalition (KCCC) was founded in 2013 with the help of a Climate Grant from Freshwater Future. In the past six months, the KCCC has had a number of successes in our community and is using strategic incrementalism to accomplish tangible goals set by designated working groups within the Coalition. The KCCC has prominent cross disciplinary and intergenerational leaders working on tangible climate resiliency goals, in areas like food justice, energy efficiency, green infrastructure, and stormwater protection. With continued funding, the KCCC will be able to support our Climate Intern’s work on assisting Kalamazoo Nature Center staff in leading the KCCC. Funds will assist us in printing and distributing informational materials about energy efficiency tools available in our community and produce a success story that describes KCCC’s approach and achievements to date. We will continue to fostering a healthy environment through promoting clean waterways, green transportation, reduced dirty energy consumption, local food systems, and overall well-being.

 

Elmwood Village Charter School

Grant Amount: $5000

Project Title: Hudson Rain Garden – Dsigd to capture runoff from parking lot and work as an outdoor classroom for EVCS students to learn about green intrastructure

Project Description: The Elmwood Village Charter School and Kleinhans Community Association have been working to beautify and create a more sustainable green environment around the school. They planted trees and had the City of Buffalo remove unnecessary asphalt between the sidewalk and the street but there continues to be massive runoff from the parking lot net to the school. In an effort to continue to beautify the area and prevent the runoff from going into the sewer system, they decided ti was an ideal post for a rain garden. PUSH Blue has been installing rain gardens in other parts of the city and it was concluded that if Elmwood Village Charter School could get their expertise in on the project, they could create something unigue, functional, green, and be an inspiration to other shools, neigborhoods, and block clubs.

 

Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo

Grant Amount: $5000

Project Title: FruitBelt Garden Rainwater System (FGRS) Project

Project Description: The Fruitbelt Garden Rain System Project will install a 1,000 gallon tank to harvest rainwater from a neighbor?s roof. This will provide irrigation to 10 raised vegetable beds through a drip waterline system. The project will also design and distribute materials to promote rain water usage in the neighborhood. A tool shed and tools will be provided to replace old and broken ones and office supplies will augment operations. This garden is on a city-owned lot leased by GGB from the City of Buffalo and partners with the UB CENTER in managing these spaces, not only of this garden but of a cluster of gardens in the neighborhood. Through its partnership with PS37, these spaces are used as an outdoor classroom by UB CENTER for its in-school Community as Classroom Program in urban gardening, public art, community heritage and future cities. It also serves a demonstration site for urban gardening in the FruitBelt.

Healing Our Waters Grant Awawrds

Friends of the Detroit River

Grant Amount: $7000

Project Title: Support for development of a GLRI Grant Application and Collaboration Building

Project Description: This HOW funded project will help Friends of the Detroit River prepare a GLRI grant for funding for habitat restoration improvements at Stony and Celeron Islands in the Detroit River as well as develop related collaboration building for the project.

 

Clinton River Watershed Council

Grant Amount: $5000

Project Title: Restoring the Clinton River Watershed AOC: Data Collection for Project Development

Project Description: This HOW funded Community Engagement project is to assist the organization’s efforts to engage community groups and citizen in government led restoration efforts in addition to help Clinton River Watershed Council engage in the government led restoration efforts to secure funding and project support for their Area of Concern, the Huron Erie Corridor. Clinton River Watershed Council will work with local communities and consulting firms to develop a restoration plan and design.

 

Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership, Inc.

Grant Amount: $15000

Project Title: Building Capacity to Support the Little Manitowoc Coastal Wetland Restoration

Project Description: The project to restore the Little Manitowoc River, Manitowoc, WI, was initiated in 2012 with a report commissioned by the City of Manitowoc followed in 2013 by a habitat assessment conducted by Stantec, Inc. and water quality assessment by University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc student interns. LNRP is the fiscal agent for the Little Manitowoc River Partnership and overseeing the project to restore a 38-acre coastal wetland as part of a 230-acre conservancy to improve water quality draining into Lake Michigan. HOW funding will be used to provide support for benchmark data collection, a full topographical analysis, and hydrology assessment, all of which are necessary to get us to ?shovel ready? with bid-ready engineering designs.

 

Ducks Unlimited, Inc.

Grant Amount: $15000

Project Title: Coastal Wetland Habitat Restoration in Lake Ontario: A Ducks Unlimited Continental Collaboration

Project Description: The collaboration between Ducks Unlimited Inc (DU) and Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) will target habitat restoration initiatives within the US and Canadian Lake Ontario Watersheds. Coastal marshes in Lake Ontario have reduced quality because of dense monotypic stands of cattail that reduce the value of the wetlands for numerous keystone species. The Ducks Unlimited international collaboration will identify critical areas for restoration. Once sites have been identified, additional funding will be sought to restore open water areas to improve fish spawning and wildlife breeding habitat and diversify native marsh-meadow communities.

 

Alliance of Rouge Communities

Grant Amount: $15000

Project Title: ARC 2014 GLRI Grant Program

Project Description: The ARC will use funding to continue its success of improving habitat and restoring beneficial uses to the Rouge River through the use of GLRI funding. To date, the ARC has used GLRI funding to create fish passage on the Lower Rouge, restore a seven-acre wetland, create native prairie and grow zones and restore tree canopy lost to the Emerald Ash Borer. The Rouge River is Michigan’s most urban river and a Great Lakes Area of Concern.

 

Michigan United Conservation Clubs

Grant Amount: $5000

Project Title: Michigan On-The-Ground (OTG) Response to European Frog-bit in Alpena County.

Project Description: On the Ground is a partnership between MUCC and Michigan DNR. It identifies local habitat restoration needs and connects volunteers to meet those needs. The DNR launched a response effort to control European frog-bit in Michigan’s Northeastern coastal region and they turned to MUCC to organize volunteers for the on the ground work. In late summer 2014, On the Ground will work to remove the invasive species at the GLRI-funded Alpena project site. Ongoing monitoring will determine whether this type of removal is effective and, if successful, other projects will be planned in other affected areas in Michigan.

 

Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve

Grant Amount: $15000

Project Title: Protecting and Restoring Habitat from Sedimentation Impacts in the Yellow Dog River

Project Description: Sedimentation is a priority pollutant of concern for water quality in the Yellow Dog River, and a management priority of the watershed steering committee. If unaddressed, excessive sediment could impair fish spawning for the native Brook trout and could disrupt the habitat for aquatic organisms. Preliminary reconnaissance indicates that human-influenced eroding stream banks introduce tons of sediment into the Yellow Dog River each year. One site has arisen as a priority due to extreme sediment load and will be restored. This project also incorporates: GIS erosion assessment, prioritization, and management, to protect and preserve a high quality blue-ribbon trout stream.

 

Minnesota Trout Unlimited

Grant Amount: $12000

Project Title: Blackhoof River Fish Habitat and Watershed Resotration Project

Project Description: This HOW funded project will help asses the condition of in-stream habitat and stream banks along a large stretch of the Blackhoof River and prioritize sites for restoration. This is to be done before any restoration project begins, which Minnesota Trout Unlimited has state funding in place to complete restoration work, and this will further that work with improving their ability to apply for federal funding for this work.

 

Western Reserve Land Conservancy

Grant Amount: $15000

Project Title: Henninger Landfill Resoration Project: Restoring and Enhanceing a Critical Riparian Buffer Cooridor

Project Description: This HOW funded project will help develop a riparian restoration plan to restore approximately 1,015 linear feet of frontage along Lower Big Creek, a major tributary of the Cyahoga River. This creek abuts a former landfill property in Cleveland, OH (Henninger Landfull), which the Land conservancy has applied for acquisition funding.

Insight Grant Awards

Community Stewardship Council of Lanark County

Grant Amount: $787.5

Project Description: Work will include Freshwater Future providing the keynote workshop at the Eastern Zone Conference.

 

Michigan United Conservation Clubs

Grant Amount: $3075

Project Description: Insight Services under this grant included the facilitation of three workshops, including the following topics – Fundraising planning as it relates to your board and strategic communications and planning.

 

North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy

Grant Amount: $1500

Project Description: Work includes assistance in fundraising and building the contact base for North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy.

 

Pointes Protection Association

Grant Amount: $2250

Project Description: The scope of work under this grant includes fundraising and communications assistance.

 

Community Stewardship Council of Lanark County

Grant Amount: $3000

Project Description: Work to develop a strategic plan for the Community Stewardship Council of Lanark County.

 

Centre for Sustainable Watersheds

Grant Amount: $750

Project Description: Insight Services under this grant includes coaching with Cheryl Kallio for staff of Cenre for Sustainable Watersheds.

 

Central Algoma Freshwater Coalition

Grant Amount: $3000

Project Description: Work includes working on a complete Regional Strategic Stewardship Plan and a Sustainable Funding Model.

 

Kensington Conservancy

Grant Amount: $3000

Project Description: Insight Services under this grant includes board interviews and compilation for review.

 

Michigan Trappers and Predator Callers Association

Grant Amount: $3000

Project Description: Work under this grant includes a development with board governance and board leadership.

 

Raven Hill Discovery Center

Grant Amount: $1125

Project Description: Work to create a case statement and a capital campaign fundraising strategy.

 

North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy

Grant Amount: $600

Project Description: Work under this grant completes the work started in the previous grant, including fundraising assistance.

 

Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society

Grant Amount: $3000

Project Description: Work under this grant will include evaluating and revising current vision, mission and communication, develop organizational goals for the coming next three year, and review governance of the organization.

 

Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation

Grant Amount: $2625

Project Description: Work under this grant includes the development and completion of a strategic planning process.

 

Wisconsin Resources Protection Council

Grant Amount: $1500

Project Description: The scope of work under this grant includes the development of a fundraising plan.

 

St Louis River Alliance

Grant Amount: $3000

Project Description: Assisting St Louis River Alliance with a fundraising plan, business and corporate sponsorship, database management, and social media strategies.

 

American Friends of Canadian Land Trusts

Grant Amount: $2000

Project Description: Work with financial management planning, board retreat preparation, and starting a strategic planning discussion.

 

Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance

Grant Amount: $900

Project Description: Work under this grant will consist of fundraising planning, business and corporate sponsorship, database set up and social media strategies.