2016 Fall Project Grants

2016 Fall Project Grants

Farms not Factories

Amount: $2500

Project Title: Fostering Citizen Engagement to Protect the Chequamegon Bay and Lake Superior from CAFOs

Project Description: Farms Not Factories will work to replicate their success in Bayfield County through citizen engagement and education through the formation of a Large Scale Livestock Study Committee. They will expand into Ashland County by holding a series of information sessions, community organizing events, recruit Ashland County businesses to join the Chequamegon Bay Downstream Business Coalition, and develop/produce materials tailored to the unique mix of rural/agricultural and urban/college student (Northland College is located in Ashland) nature of Ashland?s residents.



Amount: $3000

Project Title: Protect Wetlands from PolyMet Mine

Project Description: WaterLegacy’s Protect Wetlands from PolyMet Mine project will focus on harm to wetlands and request an analysis by the Army Corps of Engineers.


Anishinaabe Niijii – Protect the Earth

Amount: $2500

Project Title: Helping Great Lakes Tribal Governments learn about Pipelines in Chippewa Treaty Territory

Project Description: Freshwater Future funds will be used to provide expert information to help Chippewa tribal governing legal councils better understand the problems with oil, frack, and tar sands pipelines that currently cross or are planned to cross their treaty rights, protected reservation wetlands and waters.


Highway J Citizens Group

Amount: $1600

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

Project Description: Highway J Citizens Group will use funds to continue their efforts to stop wetland destruction from the proposed Wisconsin Department of Transportation?s Highway 164 four lane expansion in Washington and Waukesha Counties. In addition, they will continue their efforts to obtain a complete clean-up of the worsening groundwater contamination problems in the Ackerville area that are being caused by two nearby leaking landfills.


Lake Michigan League of Women Voters

Amount: $500

Project Title: Collaboratively Promoting Watershed Stewardship by Improving our Information Base

Project Description: Consistent with the Strategic Plan that Freshwater Future helped develop last year, the League of Women Voters Lake Michigan Region (LWVLMR) committed to hold 100 local watershed meetings by 2020 (honoring the 100th Anniversary of the national League?s founding). This grant will train and build capacity of League and non-League volunteers on how to research and gather data from agencies and partners to fit a general information fact sheet format that can be effectively used for continued work in each watershed.

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