2004 Fall Project Grants

2004 Fall Project Grants

Michigan River Alliance

Amount: $3750

Project Title: Strengthening the Michigan River Alliance by building capacity and coalitions

Project Description: The project will improve organizational development and simultaneously implement a statewide coalition building project.  In addition to prioritizing Michigan river issues and improving Michigan river policy, the MRA will improve and increase the dissemination of information and assistance to over 70 Michigan river organizations by developing a website, list-serve, publications, a brochure and an annual meeting.

 

White Earth Land Recovery Project

Amount: $3000

Project Title: Manoomin Ogitchidaag (Defending the rice) through video documentation and distribution

Project Description: The purpose of this project is to protect the sacred Anishinaabeg wild rice from genetic manipulation and issues of bio-diversity.  Specifically, the funding will support the creation and distribution of a wild rice documentary video that will explore the background and context in which the current situation has evolved and to full understand and address the complexity of the wild rice campaign.

 

 

Friends of the Bayfield River (FOBR)

Amount: $3500

Project Title: Protecting the Huron Shoreline: A Guide for Home and Cottage Owners

Project Description: This project will be to develop a “people friendly” booklet that will assist home and cottage owners along the shoreline in the protection of our waters.  FOBR is enlisting the support of the Huron County Health Unit, Conservation Authorities, Environmental Agencies, Provincial Agencies, federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Citizen’s groups with the intention of preparing a comprehensive booklet for distribution to residents living along the Huron shoreline from Grand Bend to Sauble Beach.  Sample topics include: non-toxic cleaners for the household, alternatives to pesticides, the impact of no buffer strips, protecting aquatic species, protecting wetlands, drainage, lake levels, water conservation, lakeshore erosion, lawn maintenance alternatives and septic maintenance.

 

Citizens Against Toxic Substance (CATS)

Amount: $3500

Project Title: Protect wildlife, wetland 100-year floodplain and quality of human environment

Project Description: To protect aquatic habitat, the organization’s goal is to persuade the Corps to dispose of contaminated dredge spoils in a licensed landfill designed to contain toxic material and isolate that material from the Saginaw river and watershed.  The plan is to utilize the strategy of combining fundraising events with the dissemination of information and possible legal proceedings.

 

Residents for Responsible Government

Amount: $3500

Project Title: Protecting the Lake Ontario Watershed and the Health of the Community

Project Description: The purpose of this project is to work to reverse a zoning change and influence permit decisions that will allow expansion of a hazardous waste disposal facility and relocation of a creek running into Lake Ontario.  Funds will be allocated toward consultant and legal fees and will offset printing costs and travel expenses to attend necessary meetings.

 

Citizens Environment Watch

Amount: $5420

Project Title: Improving Citizen Engagement in water quality monitoring in Southern Ontario

Project Description: Improving Citizen Engagement in water quality monitoring in Southern Ontario

 

Kalamazoo River Protection Association

Amount: $5500

Project Title: Report and film on Kalamazoo River and failure of US EPA and state of MI to clean it up

Project Description: The proposed project when complete will include an 18 minute film/video, a written script and a 30 page document detailing the 30 year failure to clean up and restore an 80 mile stretch of river, including over 2,000 acres of wetlands.  Major issues addressed in the film and report will include: documenting the 50 year history of contamination of the river including the when, where and why about PCBs, providing information on human and ecological health risks from eating toxic fish, documenting US EPA responsibility under the Superfund laws, detailing progress made, responsibly identifying any viable companies that have been proven to have caused the contamination and presenting the KRPA’s preferred remedy among others.

 

Seneca Lake Pure Waters, Assn.

Amount: $3500

Project Title: Seneca Lake Watershed Community Environmental Awareness: Town of Torrey, Yates County

Project Description: Seneca Lake Watershed Community Environmental Awareness: Town of Torrey, Yates County

 

Friends of the Boyne River

Amount: $3500

Project Title: Save The Boyne River

Project Description: The Friends of the Boyne River want to prevent sewage effluent from being discharged into the Boyne River.  The group is trying to convince the Commissioners of the City of Boyne City that putting sewage effluent into the river is wrong for both the environment and the City.  The group wants the sewage effluent discharge from the new WWTF to stay in Lake Charlevoix until a land or wetland discharge can be designed and implemented.  The project will include a media and public campaign for this local issue, influencing permit decisions, collecting and disseminating information.

 

Duck and Otter Creeks Partnership, Inc.

Amount: $5500

Project Title: Public input on watershed and wetlands restoration plans plus build organizational capacity

Project Description: The primary project goal is to gather public input on the Watershed Plan while simultaneously assisting the organization to reach their goals of habitat restoration, organizational capacity building, membership recruitment and fundraising.  The project is designed to publicize the public meeting for stakeholders to review and comment upon both the Watershed Plan and Wetlands Identification and Restoration Plan.  The campaign would provide an opportunity to educate stakeholders about how they can reduce polluted runoff and contribute to habitat restoration projects and become an active member in either the Partnership or the auxiliary organization.

 

 

People In Need of Environmental Safety

Amount: $3500

Project Title: PINES Citizen Empowerment Project Phase II

Project Description: The Pines Citizen Empowerment Project is working to stop ground and surface water pollution currently plaguing Pine Township in Indiana and Brown Ditch, which flows into the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and finally into Lake Michigan.  Contamination from coal power plant wastes dumped in the nearby Yard 520 landfill and used as fill throughout the town and township has polluted ground and surface waters to levels toxic to human and aquatic life.  Through grassroots organizing, media work and legal action, the citizens of Pine Township hope to stop the flow of pollution into the local ground water aquifer and Brown Ditch.

 

Mona Lake Watershed Council

Amount: $2500

Project Title: Capacity building through equipment purchase

Project Description: The Mona Lake Watershed Council is a newly formed 501c3 group that recently received a Clean Water Act 604b grant from MDEQ to develop a watershed management plan for the Mona Lake Watershed.  There will now be a full-time director who will serve as project manager of the DEQ project.  Office space has been secured and furniture has been donated.  The remaining item the Council lacks in order to have an operating office is a laptop computer.  The goal of this project is to acquire the equipment needed to build the capacity of the organization.

 

Highway J Citizens Group

Amount: $5500

Project Title: Grassroots initiative to stop an environmentally-destructive road expansion project in Wisconsin.

Project Description: For more than 5 years, the Highway J Citizens Group has been conducting an organized grassroots initiative to stop the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Highway J/164 four-lane expansion project.  As part of this effort, they are currently trying to 1) obtain a complete clean-up of the groundwater contamination problems in the Ackerville area and, 2) protect precious wetland areas, primarily environmental corridors and river crossings along Highway 164 where several endangered and threatened animal and plant species live.  The project can best be described as a combination of a) organizational capacity building, b) influencing permit decisions and c) legal proceedings.

 

Les Cheneaux Watershed Council

Amount: $1440

Project Title: Les Cheneaux Watershed Council Community Education and Capacity Development

Project Description: The project will improve organizational development and simultaneously implement a statewide coalition building project.  In addition to prioritizing Michigan river issues and improving Michigan river policy, the MRA will improve and increase the dissemination of information and assistance to over 70 Michigan river organizations by developing a website, list-serve, publications, a brochure and an annual meeting.

 

Cirque du Lake Water Cycle Circus

Amount: $2809

Project Title: Go Deeper – a video documentary about watershed issues and community

Project Description: Go Deeper is an energetic and inspiring documentary about a diverse group of artists, bicyclists and concerned citizens who do a grassroots performance tour about watershed issues around Ontario.  This project will generate media and public awareness about local and provincial water issues that affect those watersheds that the 2004 tour passed through.  The group also hopes to be successful in promoting civic involvement and awareness in the processes for decisions that are being made by governments and development proponents.  The video will show a wide spectrum of different struggles and issues in communities around the province which will act as a tool for networking and Coalition building.

 

Presque Isle Audubon Society

Amount: $3500

Project Title: Alternative Lawn Care Conference

Project Description: Pesticides used on lawns in Northwestern Pennsylvania threaten the Lake Erie Watershed.  Presque Isle Audubon Society is requesting funds to support a conference on alternative methods of lawn care.  The funds will support speakers with expertise on organic lawn care to encourage alternative lawn practices.  This project will involve collecting and disseminating information to help citizens protect aquatic habitats and create an awareness of the need to protect the Lake Erie Watershed.  The goal of this conference will be to reduce pesticide runoff into Lake Erie and to encourage education beyond just the attendees.

 

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