2008 Spring Project Grants

2008 Spring Project Grants

Finger Lakes Future Alliance

Amount:  $5500

Project Title: FLFA Campaign for an EIS

Project Description: Finger Lakes Future Alliance has been actively seeking a full Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed ethanol and related facility proposed for 4,500 acres of environmentally sensitive land, 1.2 miles from the shore of Seneca Lake in the town of Romulus.  Funds will be used for a media campaign to advocate for a full review of the impacts of the proposed plant and for legal expenses.

 

Northwoods Wilderness Recovery

Amount:  $1500

Project Title: NWR Media Project

Project Description: Northwoods Wilderness Recovery will launch a media project to increase advocacy for watershed protection in the Upper Great Lakes.  Funds will be used to educate people on threats of mining, logging and over development by publishing newsletters and continuing to update and improve their website as a source of news on conservation issues.

 

Friends of Jean Klock Park

Amount:  $4000

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

Project Description: The Friends of Jean Klock Park in Benton Harbor, Michigan are continuing in their effort to inform the community about potential impacts from a proposed golf course and to engage community members to act to help preserve the park.  Funding will help cover costs of attorney fees to stop the lease of Jean Klock Park ensure compliance with a 2004 consent judgment to preserve the park.

 

Niagara River Area Property Owners Group

Amount:  $2000

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

Project Description: The Friends of Jean Klock Park in Benton Harbor, Michigan are continuing in their effort to inform the community about potential impacts from a proposed golf course and to engage community members to act to help preserve the park.  Funding will help cover costs of attorney fees to stop the lease of Jean Klock Park ensure compliance with a 2004 consent judgment to preserve the park.

 

Watershed Watchers, inc-Taxpayers Against Airport Growth

Amount:  $2000

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

Project Description: Watershed Watchers in Wisconsin will continu their legal efforts to protect 150 acres of wetland and forest communities from the expansion of the West BendWisconsinMunicipalAirport.  Technical Project funds will be used to remain as the watchdog for the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) proceedings and for legal services.

 

Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance

Amount:  $2500

Project Title: Preserving and Protecting The Lower Kalamazoo River and Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Region

Project Description: Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance is focusing its efforts on preserving and protecting the 413 acres and adjacent lands of the former Dension property located in SaugatuckTownship.  This biologically diverse landscape inlcudes open dunes, globally imperiled interdunal wetpannes, emmergent marshes, over a mile of Lake Michigan shoreline and riparian shoreline along a lagoon.  Funds for this project will help educate the public and decision makers using Power Point Presentations, brochures and enhancing the website.

 

Residents for Responsible Government

Amount:  $2000

Project Title: Protecting the Lake Ontario Watershed from Hazardous Waste

Project Description: Finger Lakes Future Alliance has been actively seeking a full Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed ethanol and related facility proposed for 4,500 acres of environmentally sensitive land, 1.2 miles from the shore of Seneca Lake in the town of Romulus.  Funds will be used for a media campaign to advocate for a full review of the impacts of the proposed plant and for legal expenses.

 

Ohio Coastal Resource Management Project

Amount:  $2000

Project Title: Lake Erie Shore Lines: Who's Watching the Shore?

Project Description: The purpose of this project is to increase outreach to a broader public about Lake Erie and coastal protection issues by enhancing access, attractiveness, content, and ease of use of OCRMP’s web site and Newsletter.  At this time, shoreline property interests are working hard to take over Public Trust lands and weaken Ohio’s coastal program, so it is urgent to counter their claims.

 

Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council

Amount:  $2000

Project Title: Promoting Low-Impact Development with Grassroots Advocacy, Education, and Ordinances.

Project Description: The Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council will use grassroots advocacy, education and policy changes to implement low-impact development practices and policies in the Greater Lansing area.  The project will bring individuals, community groups, and local leaders together to develop a set of local low-impact development policies for the city of Lansing.

 

Friends of Oliphant Coastal Environments

Amount:  $2000

Project Title: Building Awareness, Community Capacity and Municipal Support for Oliphant Coastal Preservation

Project Description: Friends of Oliphant Coastal Environments of Wiarton, Ontario are drawing attention to the need to reduce environmental impacts to rare fen, alvar and beach ecosystems in the Oliphant Community and adjacent FishingIslands.  The impacts are due to increased tourism, the spread of invasive plants, and uncontrolled vehicle access for recreation purposes.  Funds will be used to allow involvement of all stakeholders and to help build the organization’s capacity.

 

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