Spring 2000 Grants to Grassroots Groups

Spring 2000 Grants to Grassroots Groups

Once again, the Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network and Fund received many innovative and valuable proposals for funding in the Spring 2000 funding cycle. Fourteen of these projects were awarded grants ranging from $1,800 to $3,000. Grants were awarded to groups in Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Because so many of the proposals were worthy of funding, the decisions-making process was again extremely difficult. We appreciate the efforts of each of the groups that submitted applications and wish you the best in your continued efforts to protect aquatic habitats in the Great Lakes Basin.

The Network and Fund provides two types of grants programs. The mini-grants program is described above and provides two yearly funding cycles with grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,500. The deadline for the Fall 2000 funding cycle is September 30. The second program, Special Opportunity Grants, provides up to $500 for projects that do not fit the mini-grants program criteria. For more information or an application, see the GLAHNF website (www.glhabitat.org) or contact Jill Ryan at the Network and Fund (231)347-1181.

The following projects received grants from the Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network and Fund’s Spring 2000 grant cycle:

Michigan’s Coalition for Sensible Growth received a grant of $3,000 for the Smarter Roads to Protect the Boardman River Project. This project will promote an alternative to the proposed Boardman River Bridge and Bypass south of Traverse City. The project will build active citizen support for the Smarter Roads alternative, based on a citizen-led plan developed in 1998 and refined with the help of transportation experts in 1999. Activities will include advertising, mailing and public meetings held jointly with other organizations working to protect the Boardman River watershed. The project also will develop a thoughtful and technically competent critique of the Grand Traverse County Road Commission’s Final Environmental Impact Study of the bridge and bypass. If built, the bridge and bypass would destroy nearly 100 acres of wetlands and dramatically degrade the Boardman River Valley, a designated natural river and blue ribbon trout stream as well as one of the few remaining greenways near rapidly growing Traverse City.

For more information contact:

Arlin Wasserman

Coalition for Sensible Growth

P.O. Box 4627

Traverse City, MI 49685

Phone: (231)271-3683

e-mail: arlin@traverse.com

Michigan’s EUP Conservation Design Task Force received a $3,000 grant for the EUP Conservation Design Project. The goal of the project is to provide a forum for decision makers (both the public and officials) in the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan to explore alternatives to uncontrolled development (sprawl). The project will encourage the adoption of Conservation Zoning in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. This change in zoning would keep a majority of the area’s woodlands, rich farmland, wetlands and open areas intact even as development takes place thereby preserving the ecological niches. These niches are necessary for water to clean itself and for supporting a variety of life forms and aquatic habitats.

For more information contact:

Diane Meyer

EUP Conservation Design Task Force

3617 Bermuda Avenue

Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

Phone: (906)635-1003

e-mail: cemeyer@northernway.net

Michigan’s Northwoods Wilderness Recovery was awarded a grant of $2,000 for the Wild and Scenic Rivers Project. The project will 1) work with Defenders of the Great Lakes to publish a Wild and Scenic River Guide, 2) expand the contributor database, 3) broaden public outreach, 4) increase volunteer efforts, 5) conduct frequent site visits and outings, 36) document conditions of aquatic habitats within Wild and Scenic River corridors, and 7) educate key federal legislators about management problems within Wild and Scenic Rivers.

For more information contact:

Doug Cornett

Northwoods Wilderness Recovery

P.O. Box 122

Marquette, MI 49855-0122

Phone: (906)225-1938

e-mail: drcornet@up.net

Minnesota’s West Skyline Planning and Preservation Alliance received a $2,500 grant for the West Skyline Planning and Preservation Alliance Lawsuit Project. The West Skyline Planning and Preservation Alliance (WSPPA) was founded with the mission to be actively involved in short-term and long-term planning for protecting and preserving the environmental, aesthetic, and historic character of Duluth’s West Skyline Parkway. WSPPA is currently a plaintiff in a lawsuit, the primary objective of which is to achieve protection of the natural resources in the vicinity of a proposed golf course and hotel at Spirit Mountain located on West Skyline Parkway through enforcement of the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act and the Minnesota Environmental Rights Act. If successful, the project will protect an estimated 432 acres of naturally functioning forest ecosystem that includes extensive wetlands and a designated trout stream.

For more information contact:

Nancy S. Nelson

West Skyline Planning

and Preservation Alliance

1001 North Tenth Avenue East

Duluth, MN 55805

Phone: (218)728-1002

e-mail: nancynelson@duluth.com

New York’s Canandaigua Lake Watershed Task Force was awarded a $2,000 grant for the Direct Impacts: Direct Drainage Project. The project will enable the group to fill critical data gaps in the Enhanced Canandaigua Lake Watershed Testing and Sampling Program by gathering information on the quality and quantity of runoff from “direct drainage” areas not served by any single tributary. Contributions of nutrients and sediments from shoreline development and rivulets will be examined, especially by storm-event and near-shore sampling.

For more information contact:

Robin Evans

Canandaigua Lake Watershed

Task Force

480 N. Main St.

Canandaigua, NY 14424

Phone: (716)396-1450

e-mail: ontswcd@frontiernet.net

New York Sustainable Agriculture Working Group received a grant of $2,000 for the Genesee River Watershed Network Project. The project will develop a watershed coalition for the Genesee River, a large watershed with diverse uses, including rural farmlands, Letchworth State Park, and the concentrated urban impacts of downstream Rochester and its surrounding metropolitan areas. A Task Force will be built and will develop and implement an initial outreach strategy throughout the watershed. The main products of this first year will be an expanded and active Task Force, the formation of a broad support network, an action plan, and proposal development for future funding.

For more information contact:

Sue Mihalyi

New York Sustainable Agriculture

Working Group

121 North Fitzhugh Street

Rochester, NY 14614

Phone: (716)232-1520

e-mail: nysawg@usadatanet.net

Ohio’s Coalition for a Safe Environment was awarded a grant of $3,000 for the Portage River Pollution Prevention Project. The project proposes to reduce the amount of toxic pollutants that contaminate the Portage River and the Great Lakes Basin. The goal is to reduce pollution at the Brush Wellman beryllium plant located in Elmore, Ohio, on the banks of the Portage River. Through the implementation of the project the group intends to: 1) generate further public involvement in the effort to reduce pollution into the air and water, 2) gather information from the community about the contamination of the river and violations at the plant, 3) urge officials and agencies to enforce existing regulations, expedite cleanup of contaminated groundwater and restrict further discharge into the river, and 4) advocate for additional monitoring and more restrictive permits. The Coalition has already been working for nine months in the community on a highly publicized campaign to educate the public about pollution at the facility, and have begun a dialogue with the company about how they can reduce their pollution.

For more information contact:

Sarah Ogdahl, Project Coordinator

Coalition for a Safe Environment

5445 Southwyck Blvd,. #210

Toledo, OH 43614

Phone: (419)866-9093

e-mail: sogdahl@ohiocitizen.org

Ontario’s Bert Miller Nature Club of Fort Erie received a grant of $2,500 for the Marcy Woods Preservation Project. The purpose of the project is to protect a 285 acre parcel of land from development. This pristine Carolinian property located on the North shore of Lake Erie includes sensitive dune hazard areas and class one wetlands. The project involves undertaking in depth biological inventories, assessment and research on the species found throughout the property. A second key component is educating the adjacent landowners and the general public about the significance of this area and the threat development poses.

For more information contact:

Bert Miller Nature Club of Fort Erie

Deanna Nicholson-Project Director

c/o 34 Oakwood Street

Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada

L3K 5E9

Phone: (905)835-8000

e-mail: deanna@niagara.com

Ontario’s GreenCASE was awarded a grant of $1,800 for the Public Education on Local Wetland and Woodland Conservation: Value and Management. GreenCASE, in partnership with the Town of Caledon and the Caledon Environmental Advisory Committee (CEAC), will educate the public on the value and management of local wetlands and woodlands. A key goal is to increase public awareness of a new Woodland Conservation Bylaw and an existing Fill Bylaw that protects local wetlands. The education will be accomplished through public workshops, articles in the local media, educational displays at local events, informational brochures and detailed educational pamphlets, and the GreenCASE website.

For more information contact:

Barbara Campbell

GreenCASE

P.O. Box 447

Bolton, Ontario, Canada L7E 5T3

Phone: (905)880-5858

e-mail: barbrich@inforamp.net

Ontario’s Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation received a grant of $2,500 for the Beach and Dune Management Guidance Manual for the Town of Saugeen Shores, Ontario. The project will develop a guidance manual designed for municipal employees, and other community members active in waterfront maintenance, which will help to develop an awareness and understanding of the sensitivities of the beach and dune ecosystems present along this portion of Lake Huron, and provide guidance in managing their activities appropriately.

For more information contact:

Geoff Peach

The Lake Huron Centre

for Coastal Conservation

P.O. Box 178

Blyth, Ontario, Canada N0M 1H0

Phone: (519)523-4478

e-mail: geoff.peach@odyssey.on.ca

Ontario Streams was awarded a grant of $2,000 for the River Rendezvous Project. The purpose of the project is to foster awareness and promote education among all members of the river community regarding conservation actions and efforts. The river community encompasses grassroots organizations, government agencies, non-government organizations, agriculture, manufacturing, tourism, and recreation. The project will encourage information sharing and build communication networks among this diverse community through seminars, presentations, workshops and displays. River Rendezvous will also act as a catalyst to inspire individuals towards well informed and appropriate conservation actions.

For more information contact:

Ryan Plummer

Ontario Streams

201 Waterloo St.

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada N1H 3V9

Phone: (519)743-4009

e-mail: ryan.plummer@accglobal.net

Pennsylvania’s Glinodo Earth Force was awarded a $3,000 grant for the Earth Force Aquatic Habitat Project 2000-2001. Middle school age youth will be working towards the protection of aquatic habitats in the Great Lakes Basin in Erie, PA. The Earth Force students will be volunteering their time and efforts to undertake an aquatic habitat community project. The projects are designed to empower youth in grades 5-9 to develop life-long citizenship and environmental stewardship skills, while making positive, long-term changes in environmental policy and practice. The first steps include a community environmental inventory, identifying and selecting an aquatic habitat issue, researching policy and practice, consideration of options for influencing policy and practice, planning a course of action, taking action and reflection.

For more information contact:

Sister Annette Marshall, OSB

Glinodo Earth Force

6270 East Lake Road

Erie, PA 16511-1533

Phone: (814)899-4584

e-mail: glinodo@earthforce.org

Wisconsin’s Ashland Bayfield County League of Women Voters received a $2,500 grant for the Land Use Forums in Ashland County Project. The groups plans to conduct two educational forums in Ashland County on the need for planning and zoning in Ashland County, and on other relevant land use issues. Since Ashland County has no land use plan, and a very outdated zoning ordinance, this project aims to encourage the county to begin serious land use planning. The forums will identify, educate and involve a cadre of citizens who support planning and zoning in Ashland County.

For more information contact:

Dorothy Lagerroos, J.D.

Ashland Bayfield County League of Women Voters Rt. 1, Box 230A

Grand View, WI 54839

Phone: (715)682-1305

e-mail: dorothyl@win.bright.net

Wisconsin’s Midwest Environmental Advocates was awarded a $3,000 grant for the Factory Farm Enforcement Project. The Midwest Environmental Advocates (MEA) will provide an array of legal and technical assistance to the many rural communities in the Great Lakes Basin that live near factory farms or recreate in waters contaminated by these facilities. The short-term goal is to persuade federal and state environmental agencies to more stringently regulate factory farms and reduce polluted runoff from these facilities. The long-term goal is to improve aquatic habitat and strengthen the rural economy and the ability of family farms to survive.

For more information contact:

Melissa Scanlan, Legal Director

Midwest Environmental Advocates

122 State St., Suite 200

Madison, WI 53703

Phone: (608)251-5047

e-mail: scanlan@chorus.net

website: www.midwest-e-advocates.org

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