2007 Spring Grant Recipients

2007 Spring Grant Recipients

Friends of Jean Klock Park

Amount: $5500

Project Title: JEAN KLOCK PARK: Commitment to preserving an endangered Great Lakes coastal resource.

Project Description: Despite a 2004 Consent Judgment intended to preserve Jean Klock Park, the Park’s dunes and wetlands are threatened with development of a private golf course. The Friends group contends that the City of Benton Harbor’s lease to the developer to build part of the golf course is illegal and that no further development is allowed in the dunes, wetlands or any other part of the park. Project funds will enable holding and encouraging increased attendance at weekly meetings to inform and empower the public of the benefits of preserving dwindling coastal resources; proposing alternative uses; soliciting memberships, volunteers, and donations. Technical Assistance Grant funds will support legal services to enforce the 2004 Consent Judgment.


Indian Mission Conservation Club

Amount: $3500

Project Title: Protect Our Parks initiative.

Project Description: This project focuses on two state parks on northeast Michigan’s Lake Huron shoreline, Negwegon and Thompson’s Harbor, noted for their undeveloped shorelines and wide variety of significant and diverse natural communities. The shorelines of both parks are threatened. This project will pursue Natural Areas designation for the parks to protect their natural features and prohibit intensive development. GLAHNF technical assistance funds will be used by Indian Mission Conservation Club to develop and submit Natural Areas nominations for the parks to the Natural Heritage Program of MDNR.


Citizens Concerned for Michipicoten Bay

Amount: $2500

Project Title: Protection of eastern Lake Superior coastal habitat from proposed major industrial activity

Project Description: A quarry owned by Michigan-based Superior Aggregates Corporation (SAC) is proposed to be located on the shore of Lake Superior at Michipicoten Bay. The Citizens Concerned for Michipicoten Bay has appealed the municipal re-zoning proposal to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). To prepare for the OMB hearing, this project involves media coverage and advocacy for the issues, including technical expertise to assess environmental impacts and help with fundraising and media coverage.


East Michigan Environmental Action Council

Amount: $2500

Project Title: C.Water for Life Community and Youth Stewardship Campaign

Project Description: EMEAC will organize meetings with Detroit community social, environmental, and environmental justice organizations to discuss and promote how the community can be an advocate for urban water issues. Workshops will make the larger connection of the struggle for access to water and the issues of privatization to larger state and global water protection issues. Connections will be made between local nurban issues, public utility privatization issues, and stewardship of the Great Lakes.


EarthWatch Ohio

Amount: $1167

Project Title: Educate Ohio citizens about the importance of protecting the Great Lakes.

Project Description: EarthWatch Ohio will do a three-part series in its newspaper on the importance of protecting the Great Lakes. Articles will highlight the work Ohio-based environmental groups are doing to protect the Great Lakes and encourage readers to take an active role. This project includes production of one of the issues in the series, which will be distributed at libraries, coffee shops, health food stores, retail shops, colleges & universities, medical & office buildings, etc. EarthWatch will monitor the distribution sites and reader response to evaluate effectiveness of the publication.


Adirondack Communities Advisory League

Amount: $3500

Project Title: Clean Water Act Citizens' Suit for the Protection of Moose Creek

Project Description: ACAL filed a Clean Water Act citizen’s suit against the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority in June 2006. The suit aims to hold OHSWA accountable for allowing excessive sediment to enter Moose Creek during landfill construction, and to ensure that the stream will be protected now and in the future. This project will provide for continued legal services for ACAL’s case during the Discovery period of the lawsuit. ACAL will continue to inform the public and media of actions related to the suit through its weekly column ACAL News, website, press releases, letters to government officials, and continued correspondence with like-minded environmental organizations.


Duluth Open Space and Urban Wilderness Alliance

Amount: $2500

Project Title: A Citizen-Driven Protection Strategy for Lake Superior Basin Public Lands-Watercourses

Project Description: Lake Superior’s coastal waters and tributaries are in good condition because of large tracts of forested land that filter, store, and slowly release water. But there is a trend underway to sell public forest lands. This project seeks to prevent the loss of public lands and the resulting degradation of waterways by designing and executing a bottom-up strategy for the protection of public lands and watercourses. The strategic plan will elevate public lands protection through economic, political, public and legal approaches. Duluth Open Space and Urban Wilderness will form a project team of key leaders and interested parties, host public meetings, develop the plan, obtain and address feedback, and publicize and promote the final plan.


Niagara River Area Property Owners Group

Amount: $2500

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

Project Description: Niagara River Area Property Owners Group is working to prevent development on a 230 acre significant wetland. The Town of Fort Erie has voted to proceed with the development of a golf course on the site. This project involves the Group’s preparing for a final, critical Ontario Municipal Board hearing and judgment starting in April 2007 and concluding in September 2007. The award will be used for legal services ($1750) and wetland consultation ($750).


Quinte Watershed Cleanup

Amount: $3000

Project Title: Bay of Quinte Shoreline Re-Naturalization

Project Description: This project consists of a campaign to influence property owners and educate the general public on the importance of naturalized shorelines. The two main messages will be the importance of a naturalized shoreline and how critical it is to use native plants when replanting the shoreline areas. Delivery of this campaign will be through radio ads, and include public meetings, ads, brochures, etc. The campaign will include advocacy to encourage local governments to initiate policy change, a small public contest to encourage planting and acknowledge the property owner that has made the greatest change in one season, and incentives for local nurseries to ensure native plant materials are available for customers.


Anishinabek of the Gitchi Gami

Amount: $4000

Project Title: A Draft Vision for Fort William First Nation Aquatic Communities

Project Description: Fort William First Nation (FWFN) is located on the shore of Lake Superior, immediately next to the city of Thunder Bay Ontario, Canada, yet the community does not have a vision for the protection of its aquatic communities or sustainable use of its water resources. To address this gap, in 2007 the Anishinabek of the Gitchi Gami will engage FWFN citizens in developing a draft vision for the long-term health of the FWFN watershed, which will be used as a tool to foster ecosystem-based decision making.


Watershed Watchers-Taxpayers Against Airport Growth

Amount: $3500

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

Project Description: The Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the City of West Bend intend to expand the municipal airport into a jetport. Over 100 acres of wetlands would be impacted. This project will watchdog the Environmental Impact Study proceedings. A $2500 technical assistance grant will support attorney services and $1000 project grant will support a media campaign to highlight the inadequate need and lack of alternative sites’ research, and to remind decision-makers of the expectations for an open, fair, and thorough Environmental Impact Study.


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