2012 Healing Our Waters Grants

2012 Healing Our Waters Grants

Minnesota Land Trust

Amount: $ 7186

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

Project Description: The Minnesota Land Trust (MLT) will use HOW funding to help secure federal funds from GLRI-associated programs for implementing active restoration projects in the lower St. Louis River Area of Concern. Suggested grant programs include: U.S. EPA, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Restoration, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Sustain Our Great Lakes, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Great Lakes Restoration. The necessary match for programs has already been secured  from Minnesota’s Outdoor Heritage Fund. $3.4 million was awarded to Minnesota DNR for implementing 200+ acres of on-the-ground restoration in the lower St. Louis River over the next three years. MLT will also develop communications materials to support proposals and to report on success of GLRI-related projects on the St. Louis River to date.


West Grand Boulevard Collaborative

Amount: $ 15000

Project Title: Innovative Uses for Established Stormwater Management Practices in Urban Communities

Project Description: Stormwater carries pollutants into waterways resulting in negative impacts on human and environmental health. In urban areas like Detroit, impervious surfaces such as sidewalks, roadways and undeveloped greenspaces of public, commercial, and residential properties can undergo low cost, adaptive landscape changes that will reduce the amount of stormwater entering into the Detroit River.  Funding from HOW will used to prepare a polit project and application for GLRI funding to launch city-wide initiatives. Funding will be used to conduct workshops, provide technical assistance, and demonstrate how these techniques improve the water quality of the Detroit River.


Clinton River Watershed Council

Amount: $ 15000

Project Title: Paint Creek Tributaries: Road-Stream Crossing Survey and Inventory

Project Description: Paint Creek is south east Michigan�s only cold-water stream and is managed by the state as a trout fishery.  Paint Creek provides local recreational, economic and ecological benefits.  However, little is known of the conditions of its tributaries/headwaters.  Specifically, no proper inventories have been conducted to assess impairments caused by road-stream crossings.  Road-stream crossings can pose a barrier to the migration of fish and other organisms, and can alter essential stream processes. The project will assess 40 road-stream crossings along 12.5 miles of tributaries using a tiered approach. The results will identify sites for future federally funded (e.g. GLRI) projects.



Amount: $ 15000

Project Title: Lake Erie Watershed Begin ANEW

Project Description: Begin ANEW is a program that reconnects neighborhoods with wildlife and provides environmental benefits including climate change mitigation, pollution reduction, increased biodiversity, water quality improvements, drinking water protection, and increased water quantity.  Until now this program has focused in small areas as funding is available.  There are two regional initiatives that call for these types of activities within the watersheds of Presque Isle Bay, as an EPA Area of Concern, and the Trout Run, through an EPA approved Watershed Implementation Plan.  HOW Funding will be used to explore, prepare and implement a larger scale initiative to meet the goals of identified problems through GRLI funds.


Alliance for the Great Lakes

Amount: $ 12866

Project Title: Identifying Projects and Building Support for Expanded Restoration on Belle Isle, MI

Project Description: The Alliance has federal funding to restore 72 linear feet of shoreline and coastal wetland removing 375 tons of non-accumulating debris and planting natives on Belle Isle, MI. Beyond this project there are an additional 800 feet within the immediate vicinity of the project area suitable for implementation of this type of project. Using HOW funding the Alliance will scope out these projects for potential restoration/naturalization, identify funding sources and develop community  support for further applications for this work. These sites are near a unique offshore aquatic habitat within the Detroit River called Scotts Middle Grounds that provides abundant habitat for adult fish species.


Lake Erie Waterkeeper

Amount: $ 15000

Project Title: Pilot Study to Evaluate Phosphorus in Lake Erie Sediments

Project Description: The project team, made up of Lake Erie Waterkeepers (LEW) and their selected consultant, will evaluate phosphorus concentrations in the sediment within a pilot area of the western basin of Lake Erie and conduct a treatability study to determine the options for reducing the bioavailable phosphorus found in the sediment.


Blanchard River Watershed Partnership

Amount: $ 15000

Project Title: Determining how to best handle Phosphorus and Pathogens from the Village of Houcktown

Project Description: A feasibility study for the unincorporated village of Houcktown is needed to determine the best method to handle the failing Home Septic Treatment Systems (HSTS) in Houcktown. Phosphorus and pathogen loading from this village into Lye Creek were two impairments identified in the Ohio EPA Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) report. The 10-digit Lye Creek watershed is located in the Upper Blanchard watershed which is focal watershed for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding in 2012. Once the feasibility study is completed, funding can be pursued through other venues to solve the problem.



Amount: $ 5000

Project Title: Demonstration of Solids and Nutrient Removal from CSOs

Project Description: H2Opps, with Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner, seeks to demonstrate the effectiveness of an innovative treatment device claiming to remove 85% solids and substantial, but undocumented, phosphorous. CSO control efforts have shown some success, but overflows contributing high suspended solids and nutrient loads are still found. The current practices design large facilities that are rarely used to capacity and, when overloaded, have trouble maintaining removal efficiency.  Nutrients, from all sources, have particularly severe impacts on certain Great lake ecosystems – notably western Lake Erie. H2Opps with HOW support will seek EPA GLRI funding to demonstrate technology capable of reducing these loads.


Center for Environmental Initiatives

Amount: $ 14985

Project Title: Maxwell Creek Watershed Restoration

Project Description: Residents, visitors, fisherman and boaters who use the Maxwell Creek cannot access that resource to the extent they want due in part to eutrophication.  Funding of this project will allow the Center for Environmental Initiatives to help establish a Maxwell Creek watershed planning group, complete a characterization of the water quality of Maxwell Creek and a quantification of the sources of phosphorous pollution loads, along with recommendations for remediation.  This effort will result in a watershed restoration plan that will allow this newly formed watershed group to seek Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding to implement restoration projects.


Huron Pines

Amount: $ 15000

Project Title: Northern Saginaw Bay Restoration Initiative

Project Description: The Northern Saginaw Bay Restoration Initiative is a holistic project combining high impact resource improvement projects like fish barrier removal and working closely with private landowners to implement stewardship projects. This work directly benefits the Saginaw Bay Area of Concern (AOC). Huron Pines will coordinate efforts to connect river miles for aquatic passage, improve instream habitat, remove invasive species, reduce sediment inputs to the watershed, and work with a variety of landowners to direct conservation on private lands. This initiative builds on current efforts with partners such as NRCS, DEQ, and EPA to sustain measurable improvement of water quality and wildlife habitat.


Ducks Unlimited, Inc.

Amount: $ 14960

Project Title: Wetland Habitat Restoration Braddock Bay WMA, Eastern Lake Ontario, New York

Project Description: The Braddock Bay WMA wetland habitat restoration project will restore hydrologic function, improve wetland habitat diversity, and reduce invasive cattail within coastal marsh systems in Eastern Lake Ontario.  Dense cattail mats in these marshes, caused in part by man-induced stabilized water levels, have fostered the dominance  of invasive and hybrid cattail species, resulting in reduced interspersion of open water and native vegetative communities ultimately reducing the value of fish and wildlife habitat diversity, utilization and productivity.  Remedial activities will involve restoration of open water potholes and interconnecting channels with diverse emergent vegetation within the cattail marsh.  The HOW grant will be used to perform preliminary field surveys, prepare restoration designs, and prepare permit applications, thus facilitating completion of the project in a timely fashion.



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