2009 Fall Project Grants

2009 Fall Project Grants

Legal Environmental Aid Foundation of Indiana, Inc.

Amount: $800

Project Title: Strategic Planning for 2010-2013

Project Description: Founded in October, 2007, LEAF is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to providing pro bono legal, technical and educational services that support community efforts to protect and sustain Indiana’s natural legacy.


Blue Eco Legal Council

Amount: $3300

Project Title: Petition to Supreme Court of Adverse Citizen Suit Decision in Federal Court

Project Description: Blue Eco Group of Highland Park, IL was awarded $3,300 to continue their work to address the systematic discharge of lead bullets into the Great Lakes from federal agencies and improve the health of the Lakes.



Amount: $4000

Project Title: Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: Are roads safe with coal ash?

Project Description: Concerned over the use of coal combustion bottom ash as a traction agent on roads and as surface material for trail making CROP PLUS is seeking an immediate moratorium on the use of ash until appropriate guidelines with an aggressive monitoring program.


Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance

Amount: $5000

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

Project Description: The SDCA is a coalition of individuals and organizations working to protect the environmental resources of the Saugatuck Dunes and Lower Kalamazoo River watershed. The SDCA is currently focusing its efforts on preserving and protecting the 500 plus acres.


Thumb land Conservancy

Amount: $4500

Project Title: Upper Black River Restoration Plan

Project Description: The upper Black River is highly channelized in a predominantly agricultural watershed with hundreds of miles of county drains and significant water quality issues. Despite extensive habitat degradation, fish and mussel populations remain abundant and dive


Finger Lakes Zero Waste Coalition

Amount: $4000

Project Title: Finger Lakes Organizing Waste Strategies

Project Description: Finger Lakes Zero Waste Coalition of Geneva, New York was awarded $4,000 for a project to build awareness among local citizens and politicians of alternatives to conventional waste management practices to prevent degradation of the Finger Lakes watershed and its aquatic ecosystems by the landfill expansions.



Highway J Citizens Group

Amount: $4500

Project Title: Grassroots Initiative to Stop an Environmentally-Destructive Road Expansion Project in Wisconsin

Project Description: Highway J Citizens Group of Richfield, Wisconsin was awarded $4,500 to assist with legal advice, help with fundraising, performing ecological studies, and providing expert testimony related to their challenge of a highway expansion project.  The expansion would impact wetland areas, primary environmental corridors, river crossings and nearby lakes where several endangered and threatened animal and plant species live.


Rotary Club of Grand Bend Inc.

Amount: $3300

Project Title: Kading Drain Community-Based Watershed Plan: Outreach, Stewardship and Monitoring

Project Description: Rotary Club of Grand Bend in Grand Bend, Ontario was awarded $3,300 to work with landowners along the southeast shore of Lake Huron to combat beach pollution and algal blooms. The project will include an educational drain walk, water quality monitoring, and one-on-one assistance for land owners to implement water quality improvements.



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