2010 Healing Our Waters Grants

2010 Healing Our Waters Grants

Ohio Environmental Council

Amount: $7500

Project Title: Bottled Water Tax for Lake Erie Restoration

Project Description: The Ohio Environmental Council (DEC) will undertake an economic study on why a bottled water tax would be good for the waters of the Ohio Lake Erie basin. The OEC has contracted

with the Ohio State University, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics to undertake a metadata analysis and write a report showing the economic benefits of restored, healthy waters as a result of a bottled water tax. The stars are aligning for outside of the box funding mechanisms for programs that would restore and protect our waterways within the Ohio Lake Erie basin.


Bad River Watershed Association

Amount: $3000

Project Title: Building Capacity for Citizen Groups to Ensure Protection of Wisconsin’s Waters

Project Description: This project will build capacity for citizen organizations to assist state agencies in assessing and evaluating water resources. The Bad River Watershed Association (BRWA) will work with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) to evaluate BRWA’s volunteer monitoring programs and data for use in Wisconsin’s water quality assessment, reporting and planning. Project deliverables include an evaluation of current BRWA data and programs with respect to WDNR data use requirements, a list of recommended changes (if needed) to meet these requirements, and a list of recommended waterbodies to be evaluated jointly for potential future special designations in a WDNR/BRWA GLRI proposal.


St. Louis River Alliance

Amount: $24976

Project Title: St. Louis River Area of Concern Remediation and Restoration Initiative

Project Description: The St. Louis River Alliance seeks capacity assistance enabling project development for GLRI funding regarding high priority projects within the St Louis River AOC. These high priority projects advances delisting the St Louis River through the remediation of contaminated sediments and habitat restoration. Efforts focus on developing funding-ready scoping documents detailing recommendations for project design and implementation. The first project develops detailed recommendations for design and implementation of remediation to restoration projects within the AOC. The second project is habitat restoration for piping plover on Wisconsin Point. Both projects involve facilitating partnerships between federal, tribal, state and local agencies.


Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper Assocation

Amount: $15000

Project Title: Public Outreach and Early Detection of Invasive Species in the Toledo Shipping Channel Area of Western Lake Erie

Project Description: This Early Detection Invasive Species pilot project is in the Great Lake’s ‘canary in the coal mine’ fishiest waters, Toledo Harbor & western Lake Erie.  HOW funding will be used to raise public awareness and hands-on participation in invasive species research.


Alliance for the Great Lakes

Amount: $15000

Project Title: Lake and Suburban Cook County Ravine Project Identification and Engagement

Project Description: The Alliance for the Great Lakes will build municipal partnerships in northeastern Illinois to support a federal funding proposal that creates a ravine improvement prioritization and tracking system.


Center For Environmental Information

Amount: $15000

Project Title: Pultneyville Watershed Plan Development

Project Description: Residents, visitors, fisherman and boaters who use the Pultneyville Harbor cannot access that resource to the extent they want due in part to eutrophication and e-coli contamination.  Funding of this project will allow the Center for Environmental Information to facilitate the initiation of a formal watershed planning and implementation process for the Pultneyville Watershed.  This effort will result in sufficient detail being developed to allow this newly formed watershed group to seek Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding to complete their watershed plan.


Huron Pines

Amount: $15000

Project Title: Rifle River Watershed Nonpoint Implementation Project

Project Description:

The Rifle River Watershed Nonpoint Implementation Project will address the two highest pollutants of concern within the watershed; sediment and nutrient loading. This will be accomplished by addressing the sources of pollution by implementing agricultural, streambank, road crossing, stormwater and permanent land protection best management practices. In addition, the existing watershed plan will be updated to meet current Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.


Save the Dunes

Amount: $14558

Project Title: Indiana Lake Michigan Beaches Sanitary Survey Public Involvement and Implementation

Project Description: Save the Dunes proposes to assess the feasibility of and develop a competitive GLRI proposal to build upon the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)’s “Indiana Lake Michigan Beaches Sanitary Survey” project by facilitating public involvement and implementing practices to address E. coli sources.  Save the Dunes will meet with stakeholders, including IDEM, USGS, municipalities, and beach managers and users to assess the needs for additional outreach, analysis, and implementation work to ensure that the results of the surveys yield meaningful results toward removing beach closure beneficial use impairments with emphasis on the Grand Calumet River Area of Concern.


Minnesota Land Trust

Amount: $15000

Project Title: Implementing St. Louis River Habitat Plan Priority Projects

Project Description: The St. Louis River Habitat Plan is a component of the St. Louis River Remedial Action Plan (RAP) that outlines targets and projects to restore the ecological integrity and address the Beneficial Use Impairments (BUI) of the lower St. Louis River.


Partnership for the Saginaw Bay Watershed

Amount: $15000

Project Title: Identification of Phragmites Control Sites in Saginaw Bay Coastal Areas

Project Description: Dense stands of phragmites are crowding out native plants, blocking shoreline views, reducing public access, and creating fire hazards in Saginaw Bay coastal areas. The communities in Bay, Arenac, Tuscola, and Huron counties have teamed together to conduct an invasive species control project on public lands. The first step in this project will identify where control of the species would be most cost effective and measurable. The completion of this first step will show progress toward restoring the beneficial use impairments in Saginaw Bay and providing the opportunity for all to more fully enjoy the Bay.



The Conservation Fund Great Lakes Office

Amount: $15000

Project Title: Getting to the Source: Thermal Imaging to Identify Failing Septic Systems in a High Priority Watershed

Project Description: The Kawkawlin River is a direct tributary of the Saginaw Bay Area of Concern and has been identified by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment as influencing the Area of Concern because of persistent water quality issues that are directly affecting both the river itself and the Bay. Since 2005, the Kawkawlin has been closed to body contact for 181 days, with high bacteria levels being cited as the cause. This proposal will support an innovative thermal color infrared imaging effort to identify failing septic systems that are thought to be a cause of some of the water quality issues. This project will support a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative application to establish a revolving fund to encourage system repair and replacement where municipal sewer is not available.


Ducks Unlimited, Inc. New York

Amount: $15000

Project Title: Fish Habitat Enhancement at Lake Shore Marshes WMA, Eastern Lake Ontario, NY

Project Description: The project will restore hydrologic function, improve fish passage and enhance spawning habitat within two coastal marsh systems in Eastern Lake Ontario. Dense cattail mats in these marshes, caused in part by man induced stable water levels, have reduced access by fish to suitable spawning habitat and to adjacent streams and tributaries, reducing utilization and productivity. Restoration activities will involve creation of open water potholes with diverse emergent vegetation for spawning habitat within the cattail marsh.


Partners for Clean Streams

Amount: $15000

Project Title: Step-by-Step Support for Permit Applications for GLRI Wetlands Project

Project Description: Partners for Clean Streams, the Maumee Remedial Action Plan nonprofit organization, will restore at least ten acres of wetland, thirty acres of upland habitat and twelve hundred linear feet of stream bank along the Ottawa River, at a one hundred fifty-seven-acre Boy Scout Camp in the Oak Openings Region, directly improving the Western Basin of Lake Erie. The group was invited by the Environmental Protection Agency to submit a full proposal for this restoration. It will use the funding to hire an experienced consultant to guide it through the process of writing and submitting federal and state permit applications, moving its Great Lakes Restoration Initiative project closer to implementation.


The Nature Conservancy Indiana Chapter

Amount: $15000

Project Title: Addressing Altered Hydrology in the Western Lake Erie Basin

Project Description: Throughout the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB), issues with water quality and water quantity are regular occurrences.  From flooded basements in Findlay, OH to algal blooms in Maumee Bay, water is of critical importance and concern in this Basin.



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