# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
0914 The Headwaters Project: Sustainable Great Lakes Stewardship in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

A the largest city in the Upper Peninsula, Marquette (21,977 population) served as the regional hub for most planning activities of the numerous project partners. Marquette is also home to the Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) and the Marquette Alger Regional Educational Service Agency (MARESA), which jointly coordinated the planning process for this project. MARESA includes 13 regional school districts and is affiliated with Northern Michigan University and the Seaborg Center for Teaching and Learning Science and Mathematics.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Superior Watershed Partnership (Marquette) Cody, Sarah (lindq@portup.com) Completed $20,000.00
0912 UM-Dearborn Stewardship Initiative

This Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative Planning Grant focused on increasing environmental stewardship of the Great Lakes within the Alliances of Rouge Communities and Downriver Communities, which includes 77 municipalities, three major universities, three community college systems, and more than 40 K-12 school districts. Its geographic and programmatic hub was the Environmental Interpretive Center at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Regents of the University of Michigan - Office of Contract Administration (Ann Arbor) Allan, Chris (cjallan@umich.edu) Completed $14,778.93
0911 Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Planning Initiative: Planning Toward a Regional Network "Hub" in Support of Great Lakes and Ecosystem Education and Stewardship

Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District received a capacity-building grant through the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative to continue a discussion in the region about how best to promote and support Great Lakes and aquatic educational programs for K-12 students. Grant funds were used to convene the second annual Northeast Michigan Great Lakes and Aquatic Education Networking Meeting in Alpena in November 2007. Thirty-five people (including 11 teachers) representing more than 30 different organizations, affiliations and businesses discussed the need for environmental education leading to stewardship.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District (Alpena) Goren, Gary (goreng@amaesd.k12.mi.us) Completed $5,213.50
0910 Nurturing Teacher-Leaders for Advancement of Place-Based Great Lakes Stewardship Education in Mid-Michigan

This project to plan for place-based stewardship education in the mid-Michigan, Grand River Watershed region engaged schools and community partners from four counties surrounding Lansing (Ingham, Eaton, Clinton and Shiawassee Counties). Five school districts were involved, ranging from urban (Lansing's Cavanaugh and Post Oak Elementary Schools), to a suburban school (Holt), a highly resourced school (Haslett), a rapidly suburbanizing district (Bath), and a rural school (Laingsburg). From August through October 2007, 86 people were convened to plan place-based Great Lakes Stewardship Education. The planning included these phases: 1) a "teacher leader" group of seven teachers involved in place-based stewardship education (PBSE); 2) a "think tank" of youth and their parents who have experienced PBSE; and 3) school-community partnership planning meetings for the region.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Coon, Thomas (coontg@msu.edu) Completed $17,143.67
0909 Manistee County Great Lakes Water Stewardship Satellite Plan

The foundation was awarded a capacity-building grant through the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative to explore how a community interested in pursuing the initiative’s goals and strategies might collaborate with one of the initiative’s regional hubs to develop a “satellite” that serves K-12 teachers, students, and community organizations.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Manistee County Community Foundation (Manistee) Ervin, Tim (2943@glftnoemail.org) Completed $5,213.50
0907 Making Connections in the River Raisin Watershed

The focus of the study was the River Raisin Watershed, though schools that are adjacent to this watershed were not excluded. The entire watershed is approximately 1,072 square miles and the River Raisin itself is approximately 150 miles long. As of 2000, the watershed was home to 140,000 people.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Monroe Public Schools - Bolles Harbor Mathematics and Science Center (Monroe) Green, William (greent@monroe.k12.mi.us) Completed $19,900.00
0906 Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative

The Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education focused its Great Lakes stewardship efforts in the five western counties of Michigan's Upper Peninsula: Houghton, Baraga, Keweenaw, Gogebic, and Ontonagon. The Center worked closely with the other five math/science centers in the Upper Peninsula to share strategies, resources, and professional development opportunities in order to facilitate their future engagement in this effort.
The Western Upper Peninsula encompasses 19 school districts, two intermediate school districts (Copper Country ISD and Gogebic-Ontonagon ISD), and two tribal communities: Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and Lac Vieux Desert Band of Chippewa.

Board Decision Year: 2007
The Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education - Copper Country Intermediate School District (Hancock) Oppliger, Shawn (shawn@copperisd.org) Completed $15,886.68
0905 GLSI Planning Grant for a West Michigan Stewardship Hub

The region serviced by this grant (Muskegon, Oceana, Newaygo, and the northern portion of Ottawa County) is in the southwestern part of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan and encompasses just over one million acres. The 22 public K-12 school districts in the region span the entire urban/rural and rich/poor continuum.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Muskegon Area Intermediate School District - Regional Mathematics and Science Center (Muskegon) Krebs, Dave (dkrebs@muskegonisd.org) Completed $17,310.00
0904 Planning for a South Eastern Michigan Regional Hub for Place-Based Education

A regional hub promoted a vision of shared stewardship for southeastern Michigan, a 4,602-square-mile region that includes Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Eastern Michigan University - Institute for the Study of Children, Families, and Communities (Ypsilanti) Martusewicz, Rebecca (rmartusew@emich.edu) Completed $17,702.00
0903 Bridgeton Township Land Acquisition

This grant allowed for the acquisition of approximately five acres of property adjacent to the Bridgeton Township Boat Launch Facility on the Muskegon River to provide for current and future use, access, and safety.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Bridgeton Township (Fremont) Kooistra, Richard (2935@glftnoemail.org) Completed $26,035.00
0902 Lightfoot Bay Cooperative Coastal Wetlands Acquisition Project

The Lightfoot Bay Wetlands project is a multi-partner effort to secure conservation protection of 214 acres of Great Lakes coastal wetland and fishery habitat including 6,500 feet of wetlands shoreline and a half-mile of Great Lakes shoreline through acquisition and long-term management. The project yields substantive and unique public access, recreation, and educational opportunities.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Keweenaw Land Trust (Hancock) Toczydlowksi, Patricia (pat@keweenawlandtrust.org) Completed $150,000.00
0886 Mapping the Condition of Diporeia: Insights to Mechanisms of Declines

Although the collapse of Diporeia in the Great Lakes is a well-documented phenomenon, causes for their demise remain unknown. The objectives of this project were three-fold: 1) in the laboratory, characterize metabolite profiles in Diporeia after exposure to environmental stressors using metabolomics; 2) apply these findings to natural populations to aid in the identification of causes for population declines; and 3) evaluate the extent of genetic variation of Diporeia spp. populations in the Great Lakes. 

Board Decision Year: 2007
Purdue University - Sponsored Program Services (Chicago) Sepulveda, Maria (mssepulv@purdue.edu) Completed $569,513.00
0883 Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Virus in the Great Lakes

Western Fisheries Research Center used laboratory challenges to compare the effects of viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSV) on important native and introduced Great Lakes species including salmonids (e.g., lake trout, Chinook). New detection tools for water or tissue samples were developed and validated. Nonlethal sampling methods and serological assays were tested. Results and recommendations were presented at workshops. The information and tools from the project are critical to our furthering our understanding of VHSV in the Great Lakes.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Western Fisheries Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey - Fish Health Section (Seattle) Winton, James (jim_winton@usgs.gov) Completed $782,333.58
0880 Genetic Identification of Non-Spawning Lake Sturgeon in the Great Lakes

The comprehensive genetic database for breeding populations of lake sturgeon collected by researchers was used to identify the natal origin of lake sturgeon collected from river and open-water habitats across the upper Great Lakes. Additional goals incuded identifing occupancy of critical nearshore and open-water habitats, identifing habitat characteristics that facilitate dispersal, and identifing populations at risk from exploitation or from catastrophic natural or anthropogenic events.

Board Decision Year: 2007
State University of New York-Oswego - Biological Sciences (Oswego) Welsh, Amy (awelsh1@oswego.edu) Completed $170,871.00
0876 Development and Application of Biomarkers for Thiamin Deficiency

Early mortality syndrome (EMS) causes significant fry mortality in salmonine and may limit their abundance in Lakes Michigan, Huron, and Ontario. Biologists have found strong evidence that links EMS to thiamin deficiency in Great Lakes salmonines. Michigan State University's Department of Fisheries and Wildlife induced thiamin deficiency and then analyzed expression of 10K genes in salmonines embryos with a cDNA microarray (gene chip). Biomarkers developed from these experiments are used as a diagnostic of thiamin deficiency in feral fish.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Li, Weiming (liweim@msu.edu) Completed $180,000.00
0869 Use of Fatty Acid Signatures to Assess Food Web Dysfunction

Through a combination of field and laboratory studies, this project sought to evaluate how fatty acid signatures can provide time-integrated and energy-based depictions of food web structure. Researchers developed a fatty acid signature library of available prey for two target species, lake trout and yellow perch, both of which exhibit poor reproductive success in Lake Michigan. They also assessed how changes in nutritional fatty acids, linked to food web changes, can affect reproductive success of both species.

Board Decision Year: 2007
State University of New York- Brockport - Environmental Science and Biology (Brockport) Rinchard, Jacques (jrinchar@brockport.edu) Completed $326,524.00
0861 Analysis of Tagging Data to Quantify Lake Trout Migration in Lake Michigan

This is a two-year study was aimed at improving understanding of movement patterns and seasonal distributions of lake trout populations in Lake Michigan. Researchers derived effort-corrected and statistically based estimates utilizing existing data from coded-wire-tag (CWT) recoveries. Results from the study aids restoration efforts and helps in achieving management objectives defined in lake trout restoration plans.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Regents of the University of Michigan - Financial Office (Pittsburgh) Adlerstein, Sara (adlerste@umich.edu) Completed $120,381.00
0857 Impacts of Introduced Pacific Salmon on Ecological Communities of Great Lakes Tributaries

University of Notre Dame determined how introduced Pacific salmon affect food web composition, energy flow, and contaminant biotransport in Great Lakes tributary streams. Impacts will be assessed by measuring the responses of algae, macroinvertebrates, and native stream fish to salmon spawners, including the incorporation of nutrients and pollutants transported by salmon. The results of this project helps Great Lakes states and provinces preserve native stream communities that might otherwise be altered by introduced Pacific salmon.

Board Decision Year: 2007
University of Notre Dame - Research & Other Sponsored Programs (Notre Dame) Lamberti, Gary A. (glambert@nd.edu) Completed $150,637.00
0856 Kalkaska County Conservation Easement Transfers

This grant money was given to Kalkaska for Kalkaska County Conservation Easement Transfers.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy - Land and Stewardship (Traverse City) Okma, Mike (mokma@gtrlc.org) Completed $520,240.00
0855 Dair Creek Fish Passage Project

The Dair Creek Fish Passage Project provided the following habitat and species benefits:
1) full fish passage to brook and brown trout, steelhead, and salmon to 8 miles of heavily forested, coldwater habitat in Dair Creek; 2) restored creek flows to almost a quarter mile of original streambed that has been dry; and 3) prevented additional erosion of the man-made channel due to the current condition of the barrier and the steep embankments that were established when the channel was originally excavated.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Conservation Resource Alliance - Grandview Plaza Building (Traverse City) Beyer, Amy (amy@rivercare.org) Completed $50,000.00
0854 Proposal for Bridging Funds to Support Place-Based Education

This grant supported the following activities and products:
(1) Two teacher professional development institutes were held in Traverse City and Muskegon reaching 29 teachers. The institutes focused on methods for place-based education (PBE) instruction.
(2) A toolkit was developed featuring resources, templates, products, and strategies to help hubs established by the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI) begin and improve their work in the field. A copy of the toolkit is available on the GLFT website.
(3) Consultants expert in fundraising were retained to develop a "case for support" for PBE. A Donor Engagement Guide was developed containing a seven-step process by which new hubs may create their own cases for support for their work. The guide helps hubs clearly describe the PBE philosophy and goals all hubs share, identify their own unique attributes and potential funding sources, and engage different types of funders using creative methods and techniques. The guide is available on the GLFT website.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Northwestern Michigan College (Traverse City) Cotto, Marguerite (mcotto@nmc.edu) Completed $64,075.00
0853 Dingell Park Boardwalk and Fishing Access

Through the generosity of the Great Lakes Fishery Trust and matching input from the City of Ecorse, the old, decaying boardwalk at Dingell Park, on the Detroit River, has been completely refurbished, and transformed into the John D. Dingell Riverwalk, thus beautifying the park and allowing greater fishing access for local anglers.

Board Decision Year: 2006
City of Ecorse - Downtown Development Authority (Ecorse) Moran, Jim (moranjames@cs.com) Completed $400,000.00
0848 Frankfort Lake Michigan Beach Pier Access Project

An ADA-accessible walkway was constructed on the Lake Michigan beach in the City of Frankfort. It was constructed in three sections with 8-inch-thick reinforced concrete placed on 6-inch compacted-in-place gravel. Section 1 is 12 feet by 310 feet and extends from Sac Street to the ACOE breakwall. Section 2 is 8 feet by 420 feet and connects the Lake Michigan beach parking area to Section 1 at Sac Street. Section 3 is 8 feet by 175 feet and connects Miami Street to Sac Street. Visitors can access the walkway from four different ADA-compliant points. The site has free parking, restrooms, a footwash station, swingsets, benches, trash receptacles, and educational signage about the dangers of waves and surges along with safety rules associated with the pier.

Board Decision Year: 2006
City of Frankfort (Frankfort) Mills, Joshua (jmills@cofrankfort.net) Completed $44,045.00
0846 Walkway Access to the Portage Lake/Lake Michigan South Pier

This project provided barrier-free access to excellent recreational fishing through the construction of a walkway and related facilities to the south pier of Portage Lake on Lake Michigan, a pier maintained by the U.S. Corps of Engineers. As a result of the GLFT-funded project, there is now a 8-foot-by-656-foot barrier-free fishing access/walkway made of reinforced concrete at the site, with a 2-foot wide aggregate shoulder on each side. 2,719 square feet of rip rap was also laid. Disabled parking is available.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Onekama Township (Onekama) Meister, David (musclecar@jackpine.com) Completed $89,016.00
0844 The Great Lakes: The World's Freshwater Seas (documentary on the Great Lakes)

This is a multimedia education project, and includes a documentary film on the Great Lakes, a website, museum exhibit, and complementary educational publications.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Detroit Public Television (Wixom) Forster, Jeff (jforster@dptv.org) Completed $300,000.00