2015 Healing Our Waters Grants

2015 Healing Our Waters Grants

Ducks Unlimited, Inc.

Amount: $15000

Project Title: Wetlands Habitat Restoration Along Lake Michigan and Lake Erie

Project Description: Over the next six months, DU will select additional tracts of land for conservation to address this issue. Project design work will then take place to enhance and protect wetlands. After plans are set, one NAWCA grant will be submitted for conservation work in Wisconsin and research will be conducted on which government grants might be a good fit for our conservation work in the Western Lake Erie region.

 

The Greening of Detroit

Amount: $15000

Project Title: The Detroit Green Corridor Initiative

Project Description: Work directly with communities, grantees, and consultants to collect baseline/reference data and assist with design restoration project and goals.  Funding will be used to aid the community with the necessary and otherwise unfunded pre-assessment for two of these projects through a robust data collection and project monitoring plan.

 

Friends of the Detroit River

Amount: $9101

Project Title: Advancement toward Habitat Restoration GLRI Grants on Celeron and Belle Isle

Project Description: Friends of the Detroit River is focused on habitat restoration work in the Detroit River in an effort to improve the health of fish and wildlife populations and increase/enhance areas of wildlife habitat. Ten targeted projects are in various stages of development and require differing strategies to be moved forward. Necessary actions include further research, stakeholder collaboration and plan development. One project is “shovel ready” and simply needs funding. A HOW grant will fund FDR labor and expenses associated with determining the next project to move forward with GLRI funding and to prepare a GLRI grant application based on this determination.

 

Grand Rapids Whitewater

Amount: $15000

Project Title: Grand River Revitalization—Enhanced Habitat

Project Description: The Grand River Revitalization project will transform the urbanized reach of the Grand River through Grand Rapids, Michigan, from a uniform channel with several low-head dams, into a river more closely resembling the dynamic ecosystem it once was. This project has been in the planning stages for over six years, and is now at a point where funding is needed to complete final designs and construction drawings. This funding will be used to address the most challenging aspect of the design, which is an adjustable barrier that will prevent sea lamprey from migrating upstream.

 

Minnesota Environmental Partnership

Amount: $10000

Project Title: Duluthians supporting St. Louis River restoration

Project Description: Hold a stakeholders forum in Duluth about the St. Louis River AOC. The purpose of this forum is to gather input on the restoration process in a way that will be most useful to agency and elected decision makers as they develop projects and funding requests.

Based in part on the stakeholders forum, produce a high quality educational booklet overviewing the opportunities and benefits of the restoration project.

Promote the AOC project in a full page of MEP?s Briefing Book.

Offer an education event for candidates for Duluth city office, soon after the July filing deadline.

Prepare an op-ed for publication in the Duluth News-Tribune.

 

Western Reserve Land Conservancy

Amount: $15000

Project Title: Snyder Ditch Stream and Wetland Restoration Plan, Grand River Watershed, Ohio

Project Description: The Project will restore ditched streams and disturbed wetlands to improve water quality

in Rock Creek while improving fish, amphibian, wildlife, and waterfowl habitat within

the 1 ,300-acre preserve. The Project has the potential to be one ofthe largest stream and

wetland restoration project in Ohio. The HOW funds will be used by the Land

Conservancy to produce a restoration master plan and write one federal grant proposal.

 

Huron Pines

Amount: $15000

Project Title: Au Gres Watershed: Engaging Communities, Reducing Pollution, Restoring Streams and Beaches

Project Description: Coordinate with landowners, road commissions, resource agencies and other partners to complete high-impact restoration projects throughout the Au Gres River Watershed. Additionally, develop funding proposals for GLRI and other federal sources.

 

Center for Environmental Initiatives

Amount: $14899

Project Title: Upper Genesee River Bank Stabilization Plan

Project Description: A monitoring and modeling study conducted by SUNY Brockport (2013) identifies streambank erosion and the presence of agricultural lands without riparian buffers as causes of increased sediment and phosphorus loading in the Genesee River. This project will create a river bank stabilization/restoration plan for a portion of the Upper Genesee River near Houghton, New York. It will identify the segments of the river that need restoration, define feasible restoration options, and the order in which they should be done. This plan and the projects defined will be used as a basis for responses to funding opportunities this year and the next several years.

 

Clinton River Watershed Council

Amount: $10000

Project Title: Restoring the Clinton River AOC: Data Collection and Pre-Assessment for Project Development

Project Description: Work directly with communities, grantees, and consultants to collect baseline/reference data and assist with design restoration project and goals.  Funding will be used to aid the community with the necessary and otherwise unfunded pre-assessment for two of these projects through a robust data collection and project monitoring plan.

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