2006 Spring Project Grant Recipients

2006 Spring Project Grant Recipients

Friends of Silver Lake

Amount: $3100

Project Title: Promises Kept – Watchdogging the construction of the Vale Park Link

Project Description: Although the Friends of Silver Lake worked diligently to prevent Valparaiso government from building a roadway through a wooded wetland, the city has proceeded with its plans for the Vale Park Link.  We believe that the city may not have earmarked enough funds to protect and maintain the wetlands, woodlands and adjacent lake from the hazards of road construction, and that they may cut corners to build the road in the most economical fashion.  We wish to hire experts—engineers, scientists, environmentalists—to monitor the environmental impact of the construction, and make certain that both the Army Corps of Engineers and IDEM requirements as well as promises made to the community are met to the full satisfaction of all parties.

 

Watershed Watchers- Taxpayers Against Airport Growth

Amount: $3000

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

Project Description: The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) and the City of West Bend intend to expand the municipal airport. The final EA indicates that the project would directly or indirectly impact about 150 acres of biotic communities, 66.4 acres of wetlands and 88 acres of clear cut/topped trees. This airport expansion is in a 100- year floodplain between State Highway 33 and the Milwaukee River, and could represent the largest single-site wetland fill since the Clean Water Act in 1972. In June 2005, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was requested for the airport expansion proposal. This project will continue the advocacy to protect these habitat areas by watchdogging the EIS process.

 

Maumee Bay Association

Amount: $3000

Project Title: There is little to no need for lawn treatment companies to put phosphorus on existing lawns.

Project Description: Western Lake Erie’s warm, shallow biologically productive waters are vulnerable to increased phosphorous levels. Storm water runoff is contributing to the algae bloom which is a growing problem in this highly urbanized western Erie basin. Phosphorous isva known cause of the algae blooms. This project will create a power point presentation,vbrochures, press releases and outreach to present to at least four grassroots organizations and to at least three local governments. The theme is to ask the public to reduce or eliminate phosphorous with lawn treatments.

 

Quinte Watershed Cleanup Inc.

Amount: $3000

Project Title: Reduce the use of cosmetic pesticides in the Bay of Quinte Watershed

Project Description: In 1985 the IJC identified the Bay of Quinte, including its watershed, as one of the 48 ” Areas of Concern ” in the Great Lakes . The presence of persistent toxic contaminants and destruction of fish habitat was one of the concerns. While significant improvements to the health of the watershed have been achieved, eliminating the use of cosmetic pesticides on the lawn and gardens in the Bay of Quinte area would further assist in the recovery of the Bay.  Our aim is to achieve this goal through education of the public, municipal government and high school students. At the same time, we are working towards municipal by-laws banning the use of cosmetic pesticides in the jurisdictions surrounding the Bay of Quinte.

 

 

Save Lighthouse Point

Amount: $5500

Project Title: Addit. Legal Assistance-Building Save Lighthouse Point's Org. to Protect the Two Harbors Waterfront

Project Description: Save Lighthouse Point volunteers are fighting to preserve the undeveloped Lake Superior shoreline surrounding our historic lighthouse. The area has been identified as a “Site of High Biodiversity Significance,” and the town’s drinking water intake is just 500 feet offshore. As we enter our fourth year, the proposed condominium/hotel development remains blocked. This project will enhance the watchdogging efforts of the group and enhance educational efforts with the community regarding the potential development.

 

Residents for Responsible Government

Amount: $5000

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

Project Description: In 2001, the Porter Town Board voted to allow Chemical Waste Management (CWM), a company operating the only licensed hazardous waste disposal site in the Northeast, to

expand. Citizens formed RRG in response, seeking to protect both the environment and the health of the community. The CWM property sits on land that was once part of the Lake Ontario Ordnance Works (LOOW), a site used extensively for chemical production and the dumping of chemical and radiological materials from the Manhattan Project. Work by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USA CE) has turned up plutonium, strontium and radium on the CWM property and has challenged the thoroughness of the US Department of Energy cleanup. CWM is now seeking access to residential sewer systems to process contaminated waste water from their proposed expansion, which would

potentially expose residents to wastes during a sewer system backup. RRG continues to educate citizens and advocate for the protection of the Lake Ontario watershed and the Lewiston-Porter community.

 

 

Beaver Island Property Owners’ Association

Amount: $3000

Project Title: Beaver Island: A great Lakes Jewel – a grassroots eduaction-advocacy project

Project Description: “Beaver Island: A Great Lakes Jewel”‘ is an educational and advocacy project-its centerpiece is a documentary introducing this archipelago’s fragile ecosystems, and

concrete steps to protect them. Our video, and complementary brochure and website, will reach thousands of people yearly, at a critical time when environmental health is being threatened and there is no time to lose. This project unifies a diverse community behind a common goal: to promote the behaviors that will preserve its resources. It also serves as an intriguing case study that can be used to teach students anywhere about Great Lakes ecosystems and their preservation.

 

Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation

Amount: $3500

Project Title: MI Citizens for Water Conservation v. Nestle' and the MI Supreme Court

Project Description: Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation in March 2006 filed an appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court in it’s case:, Michigan Citi:;en:s for Water Conservation v Nestle Waters North America, Inc., asking the Court to put the rights oflandowners who live on Michigan’s lakes and streams and the public who uses and enjoys them back under the protection of established water law. Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation is asking for funding to continue in its efforts before the Michigan Supreme Court to uphold its victories in the Cirouit Court and the Court of Appeals and set a positive precedent for Michigan’s waters and the people and life who depend on it.

 

Lone Tree Council

Amount: $3800

Project Title: Protect and preserve wetlands-floodplain in Saginaw Bay Watershed

Project Description: Saginaw County Public Works and the U.S. Army Corps plan to construct an unconfined 281-acre Dredge Material Disposal Facility (DMDF) in a wetlands/floodplain area of Bay and Saginaw Counties, next to the Saginaw River in Michigan. The area will be utilized as a receptacle for 3.1 million cubic yards of dredge material heavily contaminated with dioxins and other toxics. LTC opposes the plan because no Environmental Impact Statement has been conducted to fully disclose the impacts of the facility on wetlands/floodplain, wildlife, and quality of human environment. The group will utilize legal proceedings to ensure protection of the area.

 

Georgian Bay Association

Amount: $2500

Project Title: Wetland Monitoring and Preservation (Eastern Georgian Bay)

Project Description: The project will establish an “Adopt a Wetland” monitoring program to baseline and track changes to wetlands along the eastern and northern coasts of Georgian Bay. This program is being created and executed by local community volunteers in conjunction with Dr. Pat Chow-Fraser, a biologist from McMaster University. The purpose of this project is to educate and actively involve members of the community, to gather original and ongoing data on the health of local wetlands and to provide input to roader studies.

 

Save Lake Superior Association

Amount: $3500

Project Title: Protecting Minnesota's Waters from Sulfide Mining

Project Description: A company will be seeking permits for Minnesota’s first sulfide-ore mine within the coming year. This type of mining presents enormous potential for contamination of

surface and groundwater through acid mine drainage (AMD). In addition, the mine would destroy two square miles of wetlands. Several organizations and tribes are working together to prevent the permitting of any mine in Minnesota that might result in AMD. A GLAHNF grant would allow groups to participate effectively in the permitting process by providing our volunteer activists with technical expertise to inform our advocacy efforts.

 

Niagara River Area Property Owners Group

Amount: $3300

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

Project Description: Previous grants received from GLAHNF have enabled the Niagara River Area Property Owners Group to complete an Ontario Wetland Evaluation System (OWES) report.

Under the OWES criteria, the subject land is a “Provincially Significant Wetland”. Neither the Town of Fort Erie nor the Region of Niagara has policies to protect this wetland from incompatible development and have voted to proceed with the development of a golf course. Our Group has appealed all Regional and Municipal planning document amendments and has succeeded in bringing the Proponent, the Region and the Town to the Ontario Municipal Board for a critical final hearing and judgment. This project will hire experts to participate at the Ontario Municipal Board along with the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to confirm this wetland as being “Provincially Significant.”

 

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