2017 Great Lakes Network Grants

2017 Great Lakes Network Grants

Clean Wisconsin

Amount: $10000

Project Title: Coalition to Protect Waters and Residents from Toxic PAHs

Project Description: This subnetwork is focusing on PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), which are used in pavement sealant products and are shown to be toxic in the environment. The subnetwork will work together at the urban municipal government level to educate municipal leaders on the dangers of PAHs, urge proactive policy to limit their use; and build support for state legislation to prohibit its use.


Community Based Organization Partners

Amount: $10000

Project Title: Flint-Detroit Healthy, Affordable Water Regional Coalition

Project Description: This subnetwork will focus on creating community members and leaders who are able to identify policy windows, work with decision-makers, and take advantage of these opportunities as they arise in relation to water issues in Detroit and Flint.


Freshwater Future Canada

Amount: $3574

Project Title: Monitoring Fracking in the Great Lakes

Project Description: Ontario recently amended a law that opens up the possibility of allowing fracking.  In addition, the bottom lands under the Canadian portion of Lake Erie have been leased by private companies.  Across the border in the US, fracking has been going on for nearly a decade in several Great Lakes states and there is variability in the strength and enforcement of state regulations.  Fracking has caused contamination of surface and drinking water in Pennsylvania, and earthquakes from injecting fracking wastewater in Ohio.   The first permit application for fracking in Illinois was recently submitted. The only state in the region that has banned fracking is New York.  The current US federal administration has stated intentions to weaken existing federal regulations on oil and gas development, putting our air and water at risk.


Kalamazoo Nature Center

Amount: $10000

Project Title: Community Climate Change Solutions

Project Description: Local groups will work together on climate change adaptation solutions and advocating for local policies that will promote improved adaptation to the effects of climate change. The groups will use the subnetwork to share information, ideas and lessons on adaptation. This will help build towards creating relationships and collaborations on more specific areas of focus such as on green credits or green infrastructure.


Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

Amount: $10000

Project Title: Public Reporting, Improved Data-sharing, and Elimination of Great Lakes Sewage Spills

Project Description: This subnetwork is working to build a strong policy foundation for securing basin-wide tracking and near real-time reporting of combined sewage spills for Ontario. They will work together to write a model policy which will be compared and contrasted to US experience and knowledge.


Minnesota Environmental Partnership

Amount: $10000

Project Title: Great Lakes Mining Watch

Project Description: There are a number of new sulfide and other metallic mining proposals throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. This subnetwork will work together to increase the connectivity of organizations working on this issue, improve information sharing, map and track progress of these mining activities and work and develop a better grasp of connections between state mining policies.


National Wildlife Federation

Amount: $10000

Project Title: Great Lakes Aquaculture

Project Description: This subnetwork will focus on avoiding new potential legislation and policies that would streamline the permitting of commercial net pen aquaculture directly in our Great Lakes. NWF will lead the coordinating of a coalition to develop a campaign strategy, secure sponsors to introduce legislation to prohibit aquaculture, and defend against any streamlining efforts.


Resource Library for the Environment and the Law

Amount: $10000

Project Title: Toxic-free Great Lakes

Project Description: This subnetwork is working to prevent harmful chemicals entering the Great Lakes, particularly radionuclides and sulfates. They will do this by ensuring management strategies developed under Annex 3 of the GLWQA adequately support the prevention and virtual elimination of chemicals of mutual concern. In the longer term, the vision is to continue collaborating on other chemicals under review including PCBs and HBCDs.


We The People of Detroit

Amount: $10000

Project Title: Michigan Healthy, Affordable Water and Water Infrastructure Solutions Network

Project Description: This subnetwork will focus on bringing scholars, activists and health professionals together from the Detroit and Flint region to help facilitate Michigan Healthy, Affordable Water and Water Infrastructure Solutions.

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