2011 Fall Project Grants

2011 Fall Project Grants

Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy

Amount: $3000

Project Title: Engage the Lake Superior South Shore Communities and organizations in developing an initiative to realize sustainable economic development based on tourism around Lake Superior

Project Description: Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy’s goal for this project is to introduce grassroots organizations, community leaders and Native Americans on the American side of Lake Superior to the Heritage Coast concept developed by the Canadian government.  The Heritage Coast concept study addressed the opportunities for sustainable economic development based on tourism around Lake Superior.  As grassroots organizations, community leaders, businesses and individuals North of Lake Superior are moving forward to adopt the Heritage Coast concept, Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy will work to gain support of adoption of this concept on the South side of Lake Superior.  It is the goal to have a coordinated bi-national partnership emerge that achieves the benefits associated with sustainable tourism on Lake Superior.


Highway J

Amount: $3000

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

Project Description: Highway J Citizens Group will continue to conduct a well-organized, grassroots initiative to protect wetlands and ground water from a highway expansion project in both Washington and Waukesha Counties. Two major legal victories in 2009 and 2010 will ensure protection of precious wetland areas, primary environmental corridors, river crossings and nearby lakes where several endangered and threatened animal and plant species live. In this project the Highway J Citizens Group will defend these legal precedents in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.


Front 40

Amount: $1500

Project Title: Protect the Menominee River Outreach, Education and Advocacy Project

Project Description: Front 40 will continue to perform public outreach to inform the local community about the threats of sulfide mining. On anticipation of mining permit applications being filed for the “Back 40” mine, Front 40 will increase its public outreach and advocacy in advance of mining applications.



Onondaga Creek Conservation Council

Amount: $1500

Project Title: Wetlands Protection in Upstream Onondaga Creek Watershed, Tully Valley, NY

Project Description:  Onondaga Creek Conservation Council has been advocating for the protection of critical upstream Onondaga Creek wetlands as well as a local Critical Environmental Area designation which encompasses corridor wetlands. These wetlands are being slowly harmed by gravel mining, commercial and residential development and conventional farming. Proposed hydrofracking in this area could rapidly increase the rate of destruction. The goal of this project is to organize a grassroots advocacy campaign to encourage town, county and state government entities to act quickly and responsibility by protecting wetlands within their jurisdictions. Freshwater Future’s support will be utilized for permit review and advocacy.

Save Lake Superior Association

Amount: $5000

Project Title: Protecting Minnesota’s Waters from Sulfide Mining: Expert Review and Analysis of the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for NorthMet Mine.

Project Description: Save Lake Superior Association, along with Save Our Sky Blue Waters and other organizations and Tribes, will work together to protect the Lake Superior watershed from acid mine drainage.  This project will support Save Lake Superior Association efforts to effectively participate in the permitting and environmental review processes with the assistance of technical expertise.



Wisconsin Resources Protection Council

Amount: $3500

Project Title: Holding Kennecott Accountable for Clean Water Act Violations at the Industry’s “Model Mine”

Project Description: Wisconsin Resources Protection Council will continue to help counter the lack of information about the effects of large-scale metallic sulfide mining on Wisconsin’s precious water supplies, the tourism and dairy industries, and the many Native American communities that are impacted.  The members share a common goal:  to educate the public about the consequences of allowing international mining corporations to develop a new mining district in the Lake Superior region under the present legal and regulatory framework.  This project will help Wisconsin Resources Protection Council’s work to prevent damage to the region’s environment and economy.



Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership, Inc.

Amount: $4012.50

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

Project Description: Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership will continue to work to build a multi-lateral partnership to advocate for the protection of groundwater in Karst areas of the Niagara Escarpment in Wisconsin. In this project, Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership will host two outreach programs, based on the results of well testing, to engage the public regarding the risks associated with groundwater contamination. Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership will advocate for support from the public through these workshops to pass Karst legislation that would permanently change how the Counties of Brown, Calumet, Door, Kewaunee and Manitowoc would be regulated regarding waste that has impacted groundwater.


Buckeye Forest Council

Amount: $5000

Project Title: No Frack Ohio Citizen – Advocate Mobilization and Public Official Educational Trainings

Project Description: Buckeye Forest Council’s No Frack Ohio Citizen Mobilization Campaign will work to reduce the impact of deep-shale horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing and waste disposal to the environment in Ohio and the Lake Erie basin. This project will develop, implement, and provide follow-up support for four pairs of regional trainings to provide citizen-advocates and local officials with strategies to protect water, air and land in Ohio communities. The four citizen advocate trainings will teach science-based information and skills to train Ohioans to mobilize their communities based on important local protective actions available. Local media campaign training will facilitate integration with Buckeye Forest Council’s statewide media work


Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council

Amount: $2668.50

Project Title: The Red Cedar Renaissance

Project Description: Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council’s Red Cedar Renaissance Project, in partnership with the Ingham County Drain Commissioner and Clean Water Action, will work to implement a storm water management system with 92%-95% efficiency in removing pollutants.  For decades, the Montgomery Drain has been pouring untreated storm water directly into the Red Cedar River, contributing to public health risks among river users and nearby residents as well as seriously degrading water quality.  To achieve this goal, Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council will launch a vigorous advocacy campaign with elected officials at the city and county level.  Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council will work closely with project leaders to ensure sustainable building and low-impact development practices are implemented.



CAN (CAFO Awareness Network)

Amount: $2000

Project Title: Project CLEAR (CAFO Lagoons that are Equitable and Responsible)

Project Description:

With increased climate change variability and related significant precipitate events, the goal of the CAFO Awareness Network’s Project CLEAR is to generate an awareness of the potential long-term environmental risks of CAFO (confined animal feeding operations) manure management practices on the various sensitive creeks, streams and non-delineated wetlands in the rural landscape surrounding the small town of Rose, New York.  Project CLEAR will provide local residents with the technical and permitting knowledge and support to advocate for responsible CAFO manure repository practices such as public participation during the planning process, on-site aeration treatment (composting) and methane digestion options.  Freshwater Future’s support will be utilized for water sampling activities, associated travel and advocacy.



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