2010 Fall Climate Grants

2010 Fall Climate Grants

Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve

Amount: $3200

Project Title: Incorporating Climate Changes into Environmentally Protective Measures

Project Description: Climate change were not considered in the design of the sulfide mine being constructed in the Yellow Dog watershed. Potential problems with rising water levels or increased precipitation could affect the ability to deal with wastewater and unexpected runoff. They will identify how current mine plan handle increased precipitation and compare that with predicted changes due to climate change information and models to influence them into pressuring the sulfide mine company to revise its environmental protection plans. They aim to address all four township boards, three state reps, and one federal rep. The expected result wil l be on-the-ground improvements done by the company to safeguard surrounding waterways from excess water due to climate change. Freshwater Future will be funding staff time for the project, travel, and presentation materials.


Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership, Inc.

Amount: $1000

Project Title: Partnership Development for Long-Term Groundwater Protection in Karst Areas

Project Description: LNRP will use Freshwater Future funds to work with a media consultant to develop media kits, deliver a press event, hold a workshop with public officials (with a match from NRCS), and expand the resources available to the public regarding how large animal farmers handle annual waste. This project will promote best management practices that are likely to mitigate the impacts of climate change.



West Grand Boulevard Collaborative

Amount: $5000

Project Title: The Albert H. Mallory Reading Garden at the Detroit Public Library Duffield Branch

Project Description: The Albert H. Mallory Reading Garden is a demonstration project to initiate an awareness of and a conversation with visitors about the benefits that Low Impact Developments (LID) can provide for community stakeholders and our environment. It is projected that climate change will impact the Detroit, MI area through increased temperature in the summer and winter.  Toxins and warm water from the hot pavement enter the lake through the sewer system, especially during an extreme storm and flooding event. The landscape in the project area will contain various types of gardens, permeable pavements, and art pieces that reduce impervious stormwater runoff by redirecting into bioswales, rain gardens, and onto porous pavement. Area youth, after participation in training, will conduct summer walking tours through the garden and provide information about the benefits and assembly of low impact developments. Freshwater Future will provide funds relating to the demonstration project for contracted personnel, supplies and materials, contracted services, and volunteer insurance.



Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network Inc

Amount: $5000

Project Title: Pennoyer Park Rain Garden Neighborhood: Reducing Polluted Discharge to Lake Michigan

Project Description: This project will target a neighborhood in the City of Kenosha to reduce the amount of runoff pollution entering Pennoyer Park beach on Lake Michigan. Increased storm events due to climate change causes the neighborhood storm sewer system to carry runoff to an outfall that discharges onto the beach. Water quality testing indicates high levels of pollution after wet events. The Root-Pike Watershed Initiative will install ten rain gardens encompassing 2,400 square feet that will capture and infiltrate 96,000 gallons of rainwater and snow/ice melt per year.  This project will implement five of the gardens, comprising 1,200 square feet and 48,000 gallons of infiltrated water. In the communication efforts they will use information from the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) to explain how climate is changing in southeastern Wisconsin, the potential impacts from stormwater runoff and how rain gardens can help us adapt by capturing and infiltrating runoff before it reaches our streams, rivers and lakes. Freshwater Future will provide funding for rain garden materials, signage and other communication materials, site monitoring consultant, workshops/travel, and staff time for management of the project provided by the executive director.



Pennsylvania Lake Erie Watershed Association

Amount: $5000

Project Title: Begin ANEW Municipal Pilot Project

Project Description: Begin ANEW actively involves community businesses, schools, nonprofits, local, state and federal government and citizens in using BMP landscape solutions to recreate urban habitat, improve water quality and aquatic habitat, educate thousands about green infrastructure and smart growth and increasing the capacity of nature to mitigate global climate change. The Pennsylvania Lake Erie Watershed Association will replace impervious and lawn areas at homes, businesses, schools and public places in the Presque Isle Bay watershed with native trees and plants. Sites will be used to educate and involve others in the remaining Pennsylvania Lake Erie sub watersheds through workshops, onsite tours, mailings, lesson plans and the media. Along with the implementation of various stormwater demonstration projects, the Begin ANEW program will work to combat climate change through various communication methods.  They intend to provide educational outreach to the public through workshops based on green business, sustainable communities, and stormwater management with each lecture highlighting how all sub-topics are linked to the larger issue of climate change. Freshwater Future will provide funding for contracted personnel to implement the programs (staff time, speakers, outside contractors/consultants); and supplies (storm drain stencils, rain barrels, tree planting tools, educational resources and handouts, native trees, shrubs, and other plants).



Green Living Science

Amount: $2950

Project Title: Build a Rain Garden and Outdoor Climate Classroom with a Detroit Public School

Project Description: Green Living Science will assist one Detroit school in planning and installing a rain garden. The program will provide learning tools with a hands-on element, in this case a focus on plants and animal species, allowing children to grasp the necessity of habitats and the impact that climate change can have in their community. The garden will be used to reduce storm water runoff, support ecologic understanding, educate students about water systems and watersheds, and provide an asset and long-term benefit to the school community and consequently, the environment. This project will draw attention to the need for the city to begin to incorporate adaptation into long term planning. Freshwater Future will fund the site planning and prep, equipment rental, rain garden materials, signage, and educational materials for the students and the community.



Grosse Ile Nature & Land Conservancy

Amount: $3575

Project Title: Re-establishment of a Natural, Native Shoreline and Drainage Along the Detroit River

Project Description: The project presented by Grosse Ile Nature & Land Conservancy will re-establish the natural drainage and wetland devastated by a dense mass of phragmites. Due to the nature of this invasive species of phragmites to absorb large amounts of water, it is in the best interest of GINLC to remove the invasive species and restore the native species to the wetland. It is predicted that the area in which the project is located (Southeastern Michigan) will be affected by a dryer weather pattern due to climate. Therefore, in order to protect the river from the vulnerability of dryer weather patterns, causing possible decreasing water levels, the absorptive phragmites must be removed. Funding from Freshwater Future will cover the cost of herbicide treatment and the prescribed burn for the project. Volunteers will be recruited the maintenance of the project area with the exception of applying herbicide and conducting a prescribed burn.



Onondaga Creek Conservation Council

Amount: $5000

Project Title: Urban Onondaga Creek Riparian Restoration and Climate Adaptation Site

Project Description:

The Onondaga Creek Conservation Council will facilitate a community-based, cooperative riparian restoration project which incorporates climate change adaptation. The over-arching goal of this project is to establish a self-sustaining, naturalized creek corridor with a native species riparian buffer in a historically channelized, mowed, fenced 3/4 mile stretch of urban Onondaga Creek. They will establish diverse species that will provide high quality habitat / food benefits, stream shading, year-round CO2 absorption and be resilient and resistant to the impacts of global warming. The vegetated slopes will create an urban micro-climate, reduce storm water and improve water temperature / quality. Freshwater Future will fund $3,200 in restoration needs including seeds, bushes, tree, fencing, soil, and soil amendments. The remaining $1800 will be provided for technological needs and the fiscal sponsor fee. The technology will provide the group with the capacity to take on a project of this size with better communication abilities, software and data use, and project documentation and presentation.


Residents for Responsible Government

Amount: $1000

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

Project Description: The grant will be used to finance an ongoing media and public information campaign, the purpose of which is to stop the permitting of a new toxic waste landfill in the area by requesting enforcement of current laws and regulations. The landfill expansion will pose a threat to aquatic habitats in and around Lake Ontario along with the potential of causing a higher risk of contamination due to climate change. RRG will hold at least two, public hearings in the coming year addressing these issues. RRG will publicize these meetings, and use targeted mailings to ensure that the local community has the necessary information to halt expansion and thus bring a permanent halt to the ongoing land-filling of toxic materials in this area. All funds received from Freshwater Future will be designated for mailings and publicity relating to public hearings about the CWM facility.



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