2009 Spring Project Grants

2009 Spring Project Grants

Two Rivers Coalition

Amount: $2400

Project Title: Black River and Paw Paw River Watersheds Phosphorous Fertilizer Outreach Project

Project Description: To raise awareness of phosphorous related water quality issues and the impacts of phosphorous fertilizers on the Black River and Paw Paw River Watersheds, Two Rivers Coalition (TRC) will create and disperse materials to educate retailers and the public.


Paradise Lake Association

Amount: $1500

Project Title: Aquatic Habitat Restoration: Controlling Eurasian Water Milfoil Growth with Biological Methods

Project Description: Paradise Lake had 325 acres of Eurasian Watermilfoil (EWM), an invasive aquatic weed, treated it with the Euhrychiopsis Lecontei weevil in 1998 and experienced nine years of control. In 2007-2008 a resurgence of EWM occurred. The Association, cooperating with townships and waterfront owners, are striving to establish a Special Assessment District to ensure a long term biological solution is used instead of herbicide. They are hiring experts to advise them on controlling the reinfestation.



Save the Wild UP

Amount: $2200

Project Title: Protecting Watersheds of the Upper Peninsula and Great Lakes Basin through Outreach and Education

Project Description: Save the Wild UP (SWUP) understands that it is absolutely necessary reach out to citizens of the Lower Peninsula concerning the No. 1 threat to western Upper Peninsula watersheds – the potential development of an unsustainable metallic sulfide mining district spanning several counties. To this end, SWUP has begun collaborating with downstate environmental, student and service groups and public speakers through informational/educational presentations and workshops. These efforts have already inspired citizens to organize new groups, such as Grand Rapids Against the Sulfide Mine and Great Lakes Health and Environment Action League (HEAL), Citizens of Iron River. Grant monies will be used to continue this outreach by funding travel, printing, mailings, advertising and facility fees. The project will connect new future advocates not yet familiar with the challenge and provide them with the opportunity to actively participate in letter writing, distribution of information, and organizing new groups.


Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation

Amount: $4000

Project Title: Back to Court in 2009 with Nestl?? Waters North America

Project Description: Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation (MCWC) has won in three courts in its battle against Nestlé’s pumping spring water from the Sanctuary Springs in Mecosta County. MCWC, in 2008, attempted mediation with Nestlé to limit Nestlé’s pumping level during April 1 – September 30 by stage and flow criteria. Nestlé, at the same time, was asking for higher limits and is now asking for a “do over” of the entire case that was tried and won by MCWC in the Mecosta County Circuit Court in 2003.  Nestlé’s proposal would cause an average annual increase of up to 30% of the historical pumping rates and MCWC’s proposal would reduce the average annual pumping a maximum of 3.2%. Since mediation was not successful, MCWC v Nestlé Waters North America will be back in court July 6-10, 2009.  MCWC will use grant monies for educational materials and legal fees.



Front 40 Environmental Fight

Amount: $2000

Project Title: Front 40 Educational Outreach Project

Project Description: The goal of Front 40 is to educate the public about hazards identified with metallic sulfide mineral mining. In order to reach their constituency with factual and current information, they are redesigning their brochure and producing an information packet.


Georgian Bay Association Foundation

Amount: $2000

Project Title: Adopt A Wetland

Project Description: Using their Georgian Bay-specific Aquatic Plant Guide, designed by McMaster University’s wetlands experts, the GBA Foundation will train volunteers to identify and catalogue aquatic plants in their local wetlands. If invasive species such as Eurasian Milfoil or new Phragmites Australis are found by volunteers, McMaster University doctoral students will confirm the species and will remove it manually. When the work is completed, the Foundation will submit all data to partner McMaster University for inclusion in a comprehensive Georgian Bay wetland inventory. This inventory will enable assessment, monitoring and protection of the wetlands for years to come.


Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve, Inc

Amount: $1000

Project Title: Holding the Line – Strategic Planning for a Watershed in Danger

Project Description: Economic downturn, increases in mining, and organizational change all pose difficulties in continuing watershed preservation. The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve aims to strengthen their work by creating a strategic plan. This will assist in maintaining direction regardless of the inevitable future challenges. They will complete the project by attending the Institute for Conservation Leadership’s Executive Director training to gain insight, experience and to develop an effective organizational survey. They’ll then use the survey to collect information from their members and constituents. After thorough review and consultation with their board, they will complete a strategic plan to outline where they are going, how to get there, and evaluate their efforts and progress for the next 3-5 years.


Friends of the Jordan River Watershed

Amount: $5000

Project Title: Friends of the Jordan River Watershed are spearheading an independent technical and regulatory review of the Bay Harbor CERCLA site. The study will advance questions about unexamined contamination areas, poorly understood contamination migration pathways, potential contaminants and realistic remediation timetables.  From the comprehensive analysis, preferred remediation alternatives for specific Bay Harbor locations will be identified and justified.  This will allow the public and regional authorities to inform the ultimate remediation of the site and to defeat the proposed Alba Industrial Waste Injection Well.


Anishinaabe Niijii – Protect the Earth

Amount: $3700

Project Title: Truth Telling: Proving the Kennecott Ladysmith Metallic Sulfide Mine is Polluted

Project Description: Kennecott Copper is trying to mine in Minnesota and in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. To support their expansion efforts, they are using their Ladysmith metallic sulfide mine as an example of a clean mining operation. Anishinaabe Niijii is taking the Wisconsin DNR to court to force them to announce the Ladysmith mine is in fact polluted, as acid mine drainage is leaking from the mine pit into the Flambeau River.


Residents for Responsible Government

Amount: $4500

Project Title: Educating the Public to Oppose Toxic Landfilling that Contaminates the Great Lakes

Project Description: Chemical Waste Management (CWM) continues to press for a siting plan and permit to add a new landfill as well as expand their current toxic landfill near the mouth of the Niagara River on Lake Ontario.  Residents for Responsible Government (RRG) is educating and rallying public support to oppose these efforts.  The EPA opposes the new landfill while the New York Department of Environmental Conservation continues to move the process forward. RRG will use grant monies for educational materials and outreach.



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