2004 Spring Project Grants

2004 Spring Project Grants

Pennsylvania Lake Erie Watershed Association

Amount: $1500

Project Title: PLEWA: Creating Change In Our Watersheds

Project Description: The project goal of the Pennsylvania Lake Erie Watershed Association (PLEWA) is to promote communication among local partnering organizations in the sub-watersheds that are conducting stream monitoring assessments.  PLEWA will compile and disseminate the data acquired from these assessments to the larger community, which will increase the understanding of our connections to the local aquatic habitats.  This project will increase advocacy by educating local municipal officials within our watersheds through the use of one all-day workshop, two-semi-annual newsletters, two brochures, and a traveling display.

 

Midwest Environmental Advocates

Amount: $2000

Project Title: Clean Water Act Implementation and Enforcement Project

Project Description: Midwest Environmental Advocates (MEA) seeks to promote policies to ensure clean water and viable aquatic habitats in Wisconsin.  MEA will accomplish this by developing and implementing strategic community organizing and training, administrative advocacy, and civil litigation to implement the Clean Water Act.  The project will focus on policy improvement in five areas: 1) protecting high quality waters, 2) preventing unsupported downgrading of protections for waters, 3) utilizing volunteer water monitoring data, 4) listing and cleaning up impaired waters, and 5) reducing water contamination from livestock factories.

 

 

Taxpayers Against Airport Growth-Watershed Watchers

Amount: $2200

Project Title: Grassroots Citizen Opposition to the City of West Bend Airport Expansion

Project Description: The Taxpayers Against Airport Growth (TAAG) continues with it’s efforts to stop an expensive and unjustifiable airport expansion project.  The Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the City of West Bend intend to expand the municipal airport into a jetport. The Preliminary Environmental Assessment indicates that the project directly or indirectly impacts 106 acres of Biotic Communities, 54 acres of Wetlands, 69 acres of Floodplain Fringe, and 297 acres of Cropland and Woodland. The airport is in a floodplain wetland between Highway 33 and the Milwaukee River, and the expansion represents the largest single-site wetland fill in Wisconsin since 1991.

 

Taxpayers Against Airport Growth-Watershed Watchers

Amount: $1300

Project Title: Grassroots Citizen Opposition to the City of West Bend Airport Expansion

Project Description: The Taxpayers Against Airport Growth (TAAG) continues with it’s efforts to stop an expensive and unjustifiable airport expansion project.  The Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the City of West Bend intend to expand the municipal airport into a jetport. The Preliminary Environmental Assessment indicates that the project directly or indirectly impacts 106 acres of Biotic Communities, 54 acres of Wetlands, 69 acres of Floodplain Fringe, and 297 acres of Cropland and Woodland. The airport is in a floodplain wetland between Highway 33 and the Milwaukee River, and the expansion represents the largest single-site wetland fill in Wisconsin since 1991.

 

Family Farm Defenders

Amount: $1000

Project Title: Building a Statewide Grassroots Network to Challenge Factory Farm Expansion in Wisconsin

Project Description: Factory farms, slaughterhouses and large-scale feedlots are continuing their expansion in Wisconsin with devastating effects on rural communities. This project focuses on water quality threats associated with these large-scale farming operations. Family Farm Defenders, in conjunction with Midwest Environmental Advocates, continues to raise public awareness of this growing threat and mobilize grassroots opposition to such practices. We will expand our efforts to educate and empower communities to make more responsible choices about rural development.

 

Southeast Environmental Task Force

Amount: $1500

Project Title: Lake Calumet Vision Implementation

Project Description: The Lake Calumet Vision Committee is a two-year-old partnership effort to preserve and improve the shorelines around the historically degraded but regionally important Lake Calumet for both wildlife habitat and appropriate public recreation.  The Southeast Environmental Task Force proposes to continue and enhance the partnership effort both as the facilitator and organizing body to bring environmental organizations, community groups, and governmental agencies together to implement the Vision for Lake Calumet.

 

Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation

Amount: $3100

Project Title: Water: Safeguarding the Commons and Public Trust

Project Description: The project goal is to preserve the state’s and citizens’ claims to their water rights. Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation (MCWC) and its plaintiffs filed a lawsuit in September 2001 in Mecosta County Circuit Court for all citizens of the State of Michigan against Great Spring Waters of America, Inc (Perrier/Nestlé) and the owners of the Sanctuary Springs. The judge issued an epic decision in favor of MCWC that may shut down Nestlé’s well field in Mecosta County. MCWC plans to continue its efforts before the appeals court to uphold this important victory and set a positive precedent for the world’s waters and the people and life who depend on it.

 

Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation

Amount: $2000

Project Title: Environment Stewardship Research Project

Project Description: This project will involve the reviewing of municipal and private projects being proposed for the traditional territories of the Chippewas of Nawash in the light of the scientific literature and the Native traditional environmental knowledge relevant to the proposals. The objective of the project is to discern potential environmental impacts not discussed by the usual assessments.  Special attention will be paid to project proposals that will impact water sources, for example, quarries, water infrastructure projects, and roadways.  The research will then be disseminated to local citizens and groups, municipalities, ENGOs and First Nations in order to enhance the public debate around such projects.

 

Protect Our Water and Environmental Resources (POWER)

Amount: $3000

Project Title: Appeal to Ontario Cabinet to Deny Expansion of Massive Niagara Escarpment Quarry

Project Description: Protect Our Water and Environmental Resources (POWER) is opposing Dufferin Aggregates at a Consolidated Hearings Board hearing that could grant a 205-acre (83-hectare) expansion of the quarry license for Dufferin’s quarry on the Niagara Escarpment at Milton, about 35 miles west of Toronto. This quarry is already the largest active quarry in Canada.  The quarry expansion approval would set serious, negative precedents involving wetlands, headwaters and wildlife corridors.  POWER plans to be a strong quarry-opposing presence at the precedent-setting hearing.

 

Port Hope Nuclear Environmental Watchdogs

Amount: $1800

Project Title: Environmental Issues Involving the Nuclear Industry in Port Hope, Ontario – Community Tabloid

Project Description: For 70 years, a uranium processing plant has been discharging heavy metals into Lake Ontario and the surrounding environment.  For this reason Port Hope harbour has been identified as an Area of Concern (AOC) on the Great Lakes.  Now the same processing plant plans to produce slightly enriched uranium (SEU), which is more toxic than the natural uranium products currently being produced.  Our group is producing a tabloid to be distributed to all households in Port Hope to raise awareness about these environmental issues and to discuss concerns about the SEU proposal. Our goal is to mobilize community concern about the operation of the facility and the SEU proposal.

 

Citizens Concerned For Michipicoten Bay

Amount: $3500

Project Title: Enforcing existing legislation for the protection of coastal habitat on Lake Superior

Project Description: A U.S. company has purchased 1000 acres of property on the shores of Lake Superior in Michipicoten Bay, just west of the town of Wawa, Ontario. The 2.5 kilometres of Lake Superior shoreline is the longest stretch of virtually undeveloped coastline remaining in the Great Lakes.  The company intends to remove all trees and green cover from the property, then drill, blast and crush the coastal rock into aggregate for shipment by freighter to Michigan. The proposal has been given the green light by the Township of Michipicoten. Citizens Concerned for Michipicoten Bay (CCMB) has appealed this zoning decision and has requested that the proposal undergo a full environmental assessment. An environmental assessment would bring out the full impacts of the operation on the environment.  The project will continue to work for the environmental assessment and appealing the zoning decision if necessary.

 

 

Niagara River Area Property Owners Group

Amount: $1800

Project Title: Protect Our Wetlands (Niagara River-Fort Erie)

Project Description: The proponents of a proposed golf course (Niagara River Golf Club) anticipate ground breaking in the late spring of 2004 on a recently acquired 231 acre, agriculturally zoned parcel of land. Within this acreage lies a significant portion of Bakers Creek, an important fish habitat, particularly with its confluence to the Niagara River.  A municipal drain runs through much of the property and has been designated as a Type 1 fish habitat.  The property has many other attributes which contribute to the functioning of a healthy watercourse including wetland, wildlife habitat and corridor not to mention 110 acres of woodland, 50% of which is scheduled to be cut down. As there has not been an independent environmental impact study completed on this agricultural land, our group plans to complete a Wetland Evaluation using the Ontario Wetland Evaluation System (OWES) which is essential in our challenge to the proponent’s application for a rezoning by-law change .

 

Northwoods Wilderness Recovery

Amount: $1500

Project Title: Front 40 Media Project

Project Description: This effort is in response to increased activities to establish mineral mines on 53,000 acres of environmentally sensitive land in Menominee County, Michigan. The primary objective of the Northwoods Wilderness Recovery (NWR) group is to increase public awareness of sulfide mining activities in the Menominee River Corridor and to ultimately ensure that these mining operations do not adversely impact local rivers, lakes, groundwater and forests. NWR plans to achieve this objective by 1) publishing a newsletter on the potential threats of sulfide mining, mineral exploration, and mining pollution to the waters, wetlands, and aquifers of the Menominee River, 2) redesigning and updating the website, and 3) establishing a mailing database comprised of mailing lists from other local groups.

 

Friends of Silver Lake

Amount: $2500

Project Title: Save Silver Lake, Create Community Park

Project Description: The City of Valparaiso has, for the past twenty or better years, been planning a “missing link,” an extension of an existing road.  The proposed road will go directly through a wetland, which is connected to a lake that is part of our watershed.  Our goal is to convince local government to preserve this wetland as a low impact community park and education center, while enhancing our city with green infrastructure and providing continued natural storm water management for the city.  The park will consist of a primary bike/walking trail, interspersed with boardwalks and hiding trails.  Two small parking lots made with environmentally friendly materials will make the park convenient for citizens to access.

 

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