2014 Spring Project Grant Awards

2014 Spring Project Grant Awards

Pointes Protection Association

Grant Amount: $3500

Project Title: Pointes Protection Association Participation in a Provincial Appeal of a Development Proposal that will destroy an important Lake Superior Coastal Wetland

Project Description: Pointes Protection Association will work to protect wetlands in the of Pointe Louise and Pointe aux Pins region of Lake Superior by presenting a strong case before the Ontario Municipal Board, in the hopes of protecting the wetlands from complete destruction. PPA will also continue to educate the public on the wetland’s importance.

 

Concerned Citizens of Big Bay

Grant Amount: $2500

Project Title: Environmental Monitoring Issues Around Lundin’s Eagle Mine

Project Description: Concerned Citizens of Big Bay will engage in real time, quality, and reliable monitoring of air and water quality at the mine site, along the transportation route. They will engage the public as needed on issues relevant to the mine and road.

 

Native American Educational Technologies (NAET)

Grant Amount: $3500

Project Title: Native American Media /HELP Stop the Mine, Protect the Water

Project Description: Freshwater Future will support NAET’s ongoing effort to counter the mining company PR and encourage positive networking between Native People and non-Natives NAET will provide media tools, cameras, training workshops and on the ground organizing direction for this large coalition. They will then help the community gather video footage of every meeting/hearing/rally/action which will then be used to not only counter GTac’s public relations media blitz, but also provide a great tool for regional governing bodies to use to gather knowledge about the proposed mine. They will continue to bring together traditional tribal elders and spiritual leaders with grassroots organizers, local residents and statewide groups all focused on protecting this very valuable watershed.

 

Save the Wild UP

Grant Amount: $3500

Project Title: Empowering Citizen Petitioning of the EPA to Protect Michigan’s Waters

Project Description: SWUP proposes to facilitate legal research and citizen petitions to the EPA and utilize its ‘Environmental Appeals Board (EAB)’ to review federal mining laws and permitting processes. Freshwater Future funding will allow for legal research into the feasibility and appropriateness of federal mining oversight, and also provide opportunities for citizens to petition — and then potentially appeal in the event a petition is ignored or rejected — the EAB to review federal mining laws and permitting processes. Specifically, work should focus on permits that would be sought under federal statute, in which there is no current regulatory state program, NPDES and UIC in particular.

 

Porter County Chapter Izaak Walton League of America

Grant Amount: $1000

Project Title: Preserve and Restore Trout Streams in the East Branch Little Calumet Headwaters

Project Description: In order to preserve and restore trout streams in the east branch Little Calumet headwaters, the Porter County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League will work to add protective language for Special Use Streams into the LaPorte County Drainage Code. The Porter County Chapter will start by gathering needed information. This would include contacting owners of critical natural and damaged stream habitat and solicit their cooperation in this effort. In the meantime, the League will promote conservation easements and existing landowner programs, like the DNR Classified Wildlands Program. The next phase would be to connect landowners with agencies who can help do and pay for restoration and maintenance. Lastly, the summarized findings will be presented to the Drainage Board, with suggested language for the new drainage ordinance. The final goal is that the language is updated, the ordinance is passed and enforcement of these new regulations will begin.

 

Antrim County United through Ecology (ACUTE)

Grant Amount: $2000

Project Title: Additional Funding for 2013 Spring Project Grant, Largest TCE Plum in the Nation: Community Engagement

Project Description: Antrim County United Through Ecology (ACUTE) will use additional funds for administrative support for the facilitated ACUTE advocacy process. Specifically, these funds would be used for the following: posting of meeting dates, time and place; posting of meeting agenda(s); recording and mailing of meeting minutes; any expenses related to meeting space and accommodations; travel, rooms and meals related to achieving project goals and; possible professional facilitation consultation (only if needed) and the publication and distribution of ACUTE community stakeholder outcomes.

 

Hydraulic Fracturing Spring Project Grants

Trout Unlimited

Grant Amount: $12000

Project Title: 2014 Collaboration to Project Michigan from High Volume Horizontal Fracturing

Project Description:

Trout Unlimited’s part in the collaborative grant with Freshwater Future, West Michigan Environmental Council, Trout Unlimited and Michigan Environmental inclusedes a push for public policy modifications for high volume horizontal hydrofracking (HVHF) in Michigan to protect the state’s ground and surface waters for future generations. This effort comes under our Wege Foundation grant entitled “Collaboration to Protect Michigan from High Volume Horizontal Fracturing.”

Services provided by Trout Unlimited include:
• Work with Sierra Club to expand Trout Unlimited’s water monitoring program.
• Capture baseline flow data at a minimum of 30 sites per year, with follow up at 10 sites per year to, be used to help rectify water quantity issues should they occur and educate policy decision makers with meaningful data.

 

West Michigan Environmental Action Council

Grant Amount: $72770

Project Title: 2014 Collaboration to Project Michigan from High Volume Horizontal Fracturing

Project Description:

Western Michigan Environmental Action Council’s part in the collaborative grant with Freshwater Future, Michigan Environmental Council, and Sierra Club inclusedes a push for public policy modifications for high volume horizontal hydrofracking (HVHF) in Michigan to protect the state’s ground and surface waters for future generations. This effort comes under our Wege Foundation grant entitled “Collaboration to Protect Michigan from High Volume Horizontal Fracturing.”

Services provided by Western Michigan Environmental Action Council include:
• Help explore opportunities to strategically influence state and local policy and regulation to protect our state’s natural resources when and where monitoring data directly supports action, including meeting with and educating decision makers, informing citizen advocates, or providing comments during public opportunities.
• Equip local communities to strengthen their ordinances related to direct and ancillary impacts of HVHF by working with Kent County Water Conservation and FLOW, to engage citizen leaders, governmental officials, grass tops opinion makers in hosting a day-long education event.
• Partnering with FLOW, provide technical assistance to six counties and/or local townships interested in strengthening their ordinances to protect communities from the direct and ancillary impacts of HVHF.
• With project partners FLOW and KCWC, organize and train 10-citzen leaders to lead grass roots organizing in townships likely to be impacted by HVHF.
• Expand the previously developed www.know fracking.org to adapt the website to include links to educational information, opportunities for advocacy, and success stories in localities throughout the state.

 

Sierra Club Michigan Chapter

Grant Amount: $71230

Project Title: 2014 Collaboration to Project Michigan from High Volume Horizontal Fracturing

Project Description:

Sierra Club Michigan Chapter’s part in the collaborative grant with Freshwater Future, West Michigan Environmental Council and Michigan Environmental inclusedes a push for public policy modifications for high volume horizontal hydrofracking (HVHF) in Michigan to protect the state’s ground and surface waters for future generations. This effort comes under our Wege Foundation grant entitled “Collaboration to Protect Michigan from High Volume Horizontal Fracturing.”

Services provided by Sierra Club Michigan Chapter include:
• Working with Trout Unlimited, capture baseline flow data to be used to help rectify water quantity issues should they occur and educate policy decision makers with meaningful data.
• Help explore opportunities to strategically influence state and local policy and regulation to protect our state’s natural resources when and where monitoring data directly supports action, including meeting with and educating decision makers, informing citizen advocates, or providing comments during public opportunities.
• Engaging Sierra Club members, supporters and interested members of the public in the permitting and other drilling-related agency decisions in their communities.
• Build a core of informed, engaged and skilled volunteers to both track permit proposals and educate others through media and social outreach. Under Sierra Club’s guidance, the Citizen Corps will track and comment on at least 12 permit applications during the first year of the contract period. Additionally, seek to increase capacity to track and comment on at least 15 in year 2, and add a similar process for related EPA underground injection control permits.

 

Michigan Environmental Council

Grant Amount: $50000

Project Title: 2014 Collaboration to Project Michigan from High Volume Horizontal Fracturing

Project Description:

Michigan Environmental Council’s part in the collaborative grant with Freshwater Future, West Michigan Environmental Council and Michigan Environmental inclusedes a push for public policy modifications for high volume horizontal hydrofracking (HVHF) in Michigan to protect the state’s ground and surface waters for future generations. This effort comes under our Wege Foundation grant entitled “Collaboration to Protect Michigan from High Volume Horizontal Fracturing.”

Services provided by Michigan Environmental Council include:
• Help shape the University of Michigan, Graham Institute’s analysis of public policy options for HVHF to strengthen existing regulations of HVHF to protect Michigan’s environment.
• Based on flow and water quality monitoring results, help explore opportunities to strategically influence state and local policy and regulation, including meeting with and educating decision makers, informing citizen advocates, or providing comments during public opportunities about monitoring results.
• Continue giving presentations to public gatherings of civic, social, political and other organizations on the challenges HVHF poses to Michigan’s environment and needed policy responses to those challenges.
• Meet with key State Capitol decision makers on HVHF and related policy ideas and remain in regular communication with members of the Snyder administration on HVHF, ensuring that they have all the latest information and perspective they need to protect Michigan from environmental challenges related to HVHF.

 

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