2016 Healing Our Waters

2016 Healing Our Waters

Friends of the St. Clair River Watershed

Amount: $7500

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

Project Description: Habitat and aquatic communities in the Clinton River watershed have been degraded by rapid development and surrounding land-use practices, resulting in the watershed being an ‘Area of Concern’. Included in this, is one of the few remaining cold-water designated trout stream systems left in Southeast Michigan, Paint Creek. Native Brook trout historically have been observed in one key tributary to Paint Creek, Gallagher Creek, until recent years. In efforts with the MDNR and local stakeholders, CRWC seeks to collect baseline data to assist with project development, design, and acquiring future GLRI funding to ultimately restore this rare and valuable resource.

 

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

Amount: $7500

Project Title: Coordinating Partnerships for Scajaquada Creek Restoration

Project Description: Scajaquada Creek is an urban waterway which is highly impaired by land-use development and industrial pollution, as well as being listed as a source area of contaminant to the federally-designated Niagara River “Area of Concern (AOC).” Drawing upon experience in implementing a successful model for restoration of the Buffalo River, another federally designated AOC, and building off of current GLRI project at 1660 Niagara St in Buffalo, NY, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will build organizational and community capacity to secure future GLRI funds, as well as work directly with DEC, USACE and EPA to guide the development of regional restoration priorities that result in elevation of the Niagara River AOC as a priority, as well as advance the timeline for restoration of the Scajaquada Creek sub-basin.

 

White Lake Environmental Network

Amount: $15000

Project Title: Scientific Data Collection and White River Coastal Marsh Restoration Preliminary Design

Project Description: Funds from HOW will allow WLEN, and specifically its partner, the Muskegon Conservation District (MCD), to acquire the needed information to apply for a federal restoration grant. MCD will need to provide the grantor with a chemical analysis of what is on the site, what is coming into and out the site via the White River, and a topographical map showing the needed changes related to the conceptual design for the 104-acre wetland site, as well as showing invasive species control that will allow for successful native plantings in the future.

 

Great Lakes National Audubon Society

Amount: $15000

Project Title: Building capacity for watershed conservation across the Great Lakes Basin

Project Description: Audubon will develop a Great Lakes conservation map to prioritize critical watersheds for restoration within the Great Lakes Basin. This project lays the foundation for Audubon?s Great Lakes Conservation Initiative, and the tool will empower Audubon?s expansive network of staff, chapters, members, and nature centers to develop, implement, and sustain Great Lakes Restoration Initiative restoration projects at strategically prioritized sites. HOW funding will be used to develop the Lake Michigan basin portion of this tool to prioritize projects for GLRI proposal development in the Lake Michigan basin.

 

Trout Unlimited

Amount: $14740

Project Title: Restoring Connectivity in Northwest Michigan Rivers

Project Description: Trout Unlimited, Inc. (TU) and partners seek to restore aquatic organism passage (AOP) and stream function by replacing inadequate road/stream crossings in Northwestern Michigan (i.e., within and hydrologically connected to the Huron-Manistee National Forest, Manistee district). Trout Unlimited will collect data and information on priority road/streams crossings to help develop restoration plans and culvert replacement designs to improve habitat for trout and other coldwater communities. Funding from HOW will directly support a larger federal project proposal to restore priority coldwater habitat in Northwest Michigan Rivers.

 

Clinton River Watershed Council

Amount: $10000

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

Project Description: Habitat and aquatic communities in the Clinton River watershed have been degraded by rapid development and surrounding land-use practices, resulting in the watershed being an “Area of Concern”. Included in this, is one of the few remaining cold-water designated trout stream systems left in Southeast Michigan, Paint Creek. Native Brook trout historically have been observed in one key tributary to Paint Creek, Gallagher Creek, until recent years. In efforts with the MDNR and local stakeholders, CRWC seeks to collect baseline data to assist with project development, design, and acquiring future GLRI funding to ultimately restore this rate and valuable resource.

 

Kalamazoo River Sturgeon for Tomorrow

Amount: $15000

Project Title: Development of sturgeon habitat enhancement project on the Kalamazoo River

Project Description: Restoration activities are targeted for an area known as the “high banks” to limit erosion and enhancement the habitat for sturgeon spawning in an area, which population were larger, was suitable. HOW funding will be used to hire contractor to help with development and writing a project proposal, and a team facilitator for the habitat restoration project. The HOW grant is to leverage a larger grant and provide funds to facilitate and manage the project.

 

Friends of the Detroit River

Amount: $5000

Project Title: Proposal for GLRI Funding Assistance in the Detroit River AOC – 2016

Project Description: FDR is focused on habitat restoration work in the Detroit River to improve the health of fish and wildlife populations and enhance their habitat. Then targeted projects are in various stages of development. Necessary actions to move these projects forward include stakeholder collaboration and plan development. One project, Lake Okonoka Restoration, which previously received grant writing funds from HOW, is “shovel ready” and needs implementation funding. Secondly, the Detroit Upper Riverfront Parks Restoration project is ready for design and engineering. A HOW grant will fund FDR labor and expenses associated with preparing GLRI grant applications to move one or both of these projects forward.

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