2003 Spring Project Grants

2003 Spring Project Grants

Friends of Red Hill Valley

Amount: $3500

Project Title: Red Hill Valley – No Place for a Road

Project Description: The fate of the 700-hectare Red Hill Valley will likely be decided in the next 9 months. Hamilton’s local government has planned to build an expressway down the middle of the urban stream valley since 1979, and says it will start construction this fall. That’s also the date of local elections that could generate the four extra votes on council necessary to stop the project. “No Place for a Road” is a multi-faceted public education campaign to inform Hamilton voters of the environmental, social, economic and fiscal costs of the expressway proposal.

 

Friends of Sheldon Marsh

Amount: $3000

Project Title: Legal Intervention Supporting Protection and Restoration of Sheldon Marsh

Project Description: In the continuing effort to restore Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve wetlands complex to its pre-construction condition from a dike/channel project in July 2000, legal appeals of permit denials have begun.   As Interveners, Friends of Sheldon Marsh is in support of the OEPA’s denial of a water quality 401 permit.  FOSM is speaking for the citizen owners of Sheldon Marsh SNP in its efforts to hold accountable those responsible for enforcing protective wetlands laws.  FOSM has been successful in a prior public relations and information campaign, and now stands poised on the follow-up precedent setting legal decisions and anticipated restoration.  Additionally, at the federal level, FOSM is pursuing the challenge of Ohio’s CZMP supporting the State of Ohio’s denial of coastal consistency with NOAA.

 

Residents for Enviro Action and Community Health

Amount: $797

Project Title: Implementing More Effective and Less Toxic Methods of Controlling West Nile Virus

Project Description: REACH is currently working on more effective and less toxic methods of controlling West Nile Virus (WNV). In 2002, the Allen County Department of Health utilized pesticide spraying (aduliticiding) as a mosquito control measure. To change this protocol for the 2003 WNV season, we are advocating reducing mosquito breeding grounds through public education, community wide Clean-up Days, bacterial applications of sources of stagnant water (larvaciding), and enforcement of ordinances pertaining to the removal of discarded tires and refuse. We are also working to eliminate the widespread application of adulticiding to protect our environment.

 

Shoreline Stewardship Association of Cloud Bay

Amount: $3000

Project Title: Cloud Bay Wetland Public Awareness and Long Term Protection Programme

Project Description: The “Provincially Significant” Cloud Bay wetland is in need of long-term protection. It is interimly protected solely because of our successful, grassroots, three-year legal challenge. In August, 2002 the Ontario Municipal Board (O.M.B., Ontario’s highest land use tribunal) ruled that commercial development adjacent to this wetland is too great an environmental risk. Unfortunately, our Municipality of Neebing and the developer are jointly appealing that decision in the Ontario courts. Cloud Bay’s wetland, 24 miles South of Thunder Bay, Ontario, is a part of the unique 1% of its kind on Lake Superior’s Canadian shoreline. This funding request is for expenses of witnesses and experts to continue the appeal process.

 

Earthology

Amount: $3000

Project Title: Waterfest: A Great Lakes Wetland Education and Recruitment Campaign

Project Description: An eco-education festival of environmental tabling, music, art, dance, video and eco-activism. This eco-recruitment tour of 8 GLAHNF hub major cities will match up hundreds of young budding activists/volunteers with local Great Lakes grassroots environmental organizations. The events will educate and mobilize citizens around wetlands issues facing each of the hubs, while bringing new supporters/volunteers to Great Lakes environmental organizations. These events will educate thousands of citizens in the Great Lakes basin about environmental issues that face the watershed. They also serve as a means to recruit active volunteers and generate new funding from private donors for dozens of Great Lakes environmental organizations. A minimum of $9,000 worth of new funding will be generated for Great Lakes grassroots organizations as a result of this project, as well as a “Great Lakes Environmental Music” CD, “Great Lakes Environmental Art” book, a Great Lakes environmental educational National Public Radio piece and cable television program. The goal is to directly inspire thousands of potential activists to become involved in GLAHNF network organizations that are working to protect the Great Lakes environment.

 

Grey Association for Better Planning

Amount: $3000

Project Title: Conserving Ontario’s Water Supplies

Project Description: The project will protect Grey County’s water supply from Artemesia Waters Ltd., a water bottling company proposing to take 500,000 liters of water per day from the area and construct and operate a water storage facility.  Approved by the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), the decision did not consider environmental effects of taking water from the local supply.

 

GABP, made up of residents of Grey County, appealed the OMB decision in court.  In November 2002, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled that the municipality has authority over the use of water, and clarified that the Ministry of the Environment does not have the only control over how water is used in the province.  This is a landmark victory for groundwater protection.  The Court cited that ‘water taking’ as an activity is a ‘land use’ under Ontario’s Planning Act – and therefore mostly under the control of the municipality.  However, in February 2003, Artemesia filed for appeal.  GABP has come far in fighting this case and will fight the appeal.  However, we are in debt.

 

Junior PA Lake Erie Watershed Association

Amount: $2000

Project Title: “Making the News” – Project Clean Sweep  public education effort

Project Description: “Making the News” is the public education effort of Project Clean Sweep.  Members of the Junior Pennsylvania Lake Erie Watershed Association (JrPLEWA) participate as part of Project Clean Sweep in the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) at eight different locations in the Lake Erie Watershed.  The members will analyze the data of the collected garbage for Earth Force student groups.  After the students have implemented an action plan to decrease litter at their selected site JrPLEWA, PADEP, and Erie Times News will design a 16-page insert with a circulation of 90,000 to educate the public about non-point source pollution.

 

Save Lake Superior Association

Amount: $2500

Project Title: Cessastion of Wetland Destruction by MNDNR Resulting from Beaver Dam Removal

Project Description: Hundreds of acres of wetlands in the Minnesota portion of the Lake Superior basin are being systematically drained by the DNR.  The watershed containing these streams, significantly, has a very low number of wetlands and can ill afford to sacrifice even a small number of them.  The elimination of at least 50 beaver dams and lodges and subsequent drainage of the impounded water has been quietly carried out with little or no public exposure and with no scientific study of the impact on native aquatic stream life before or after the exotic members of the salmon family, the salmonids, were introduced to tributary streams of Lake Superior.

 

The grant would enable the realization of several goals: 1) Photos and video documentation of the drained wetlands would be used in mitigation meetings with the fisheries division of MDNR.  2) Production of a short video on the problem for viewing by the general public via public access cable outlets.  Copies would be given to news operations of commercial stations.  3) Creation and distribution of news releases would be among the goals.

 

Saving Wetlands and Trees in Chesterfield Township, Inc

Amount: $3000

Project Title: Protecting Chesterfield Township's Wetlands Through Action

Project Description: Saving Wetlands and Trees in Chesterfield Township, Incorporated (SWAT) is a grassroots organization dedicated to preserving a very significant forested wetland/upland complex located in Chesterfield Township, Macomb County, MI.  To achieve the goal SWAT needs to continue (1) submitting information to decision makers that the impacts of development to natural resources can and should be reduced; (2) keeping residents informed through meetings, newspaper articles and mailings; (3) talking with government officials of both Chesterfield Township and Macomb County and with land conservancies about purchasing part of the land as a natural area; and (4) filing a Michigan Environmental Protection Act (MEPA) suit to protect the site.

 

Lone Tree Council

Amount: $2800

Project Title: The Beauty and Benefits of Saginaw Bay’s Coastal Marshes: An Educational Outreach Program

Project Description: This project proposes to create educational literature on the aesthetic qualities and economic benefits of Saginaw Bay’s coastal marshes.  The literature will then accompany presentations at local high schools, workshops, and other public opportunities in the Saginaw Bay Watershed.

 

Canandaigua Lake Watershed Alliance

Amount: $2000

Project Title: Tracing Toxins in runoff to Canandaigua Lake

Project Description: Though federal and state agencies have performed limited testing for pesticides in the waters of NYS, only one or two data points appear in the Canandaigua Lake watershed.  Given new information about the role of hormone-disrupting substances in public health issues and the persistence of PCBs in certain age-classes of rainbow trout from Canandaigua Lake, more information about the presence of chlorinated hydrocarbons in runoff is needed.  This project will provide discussion of the presence of such compounds in runoff to Canandaigua Lake, gather better information on the levels of pollution, package the new information and present it to the public in the context of the ongoing Watershed Protection Program.

 

Oakvillegreen Conservation Association

Amount: $3300

Project Title: Saving the Trafalgar Moraine from Encroaching Development

Project Description: The project will protect 7,600 acres of land from a coalition of major developers proposing to build housing for 55,000 people and industrial-commercial projects for 35,000 workers. The proposed area is in the heart of the Trafalgar Moraine, an ecologically sensitive tract of land in North Oakville.  The Ministry of Natural Resources has identified approximately 26 wetlands or possible wetlands within the property boundary, some of these being kettle wetlands, typical of moraine landscapes.

 

In 2002, the Town of Oakville passed Official Plan Amendment 198 (OPA 198), opening the way for residential and employment development in the 7,600-acre area. We launched an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) without professional representation. The Board recently declared that our concerns over air and water pollution and urban sprawl are valid and deserve to be heard at the appeal – providing a new opportunity for Ontario communities trying to protect themselves from sprawl. This is the first time that the Board has ever considered air quality as a land use planning consideration.

 

Bi-state Council of Wolf Lake Stewards

Amount: $1000

Project Title: Development of Volunteer Stewardship and Restoration at Wolf Lake Natural Area Sites

Project Description: The goal of this project is to identify, develop, and organize natural stewards and volunteers working on a variety of present and future restoration and habitat projects centered around Wolf Lake.  It will also serve to coordinate stewardship activities in the region.  The variety of public landowning agencies and private landowners, and the fact that the Illinois – Indiana state line divides Wolf Lake, makes this area unique.  Four public land owning agencies and several private landowners all control land in the area.  This could lead to a dilution of available volunteer resources without an umbrella group coordinating these activities.

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