# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
1017 Great Lakes Education Collaborative

The grant funded the AGL to establish the Great Lakes Education Collaborative (GLEC). The goal of the Great Lakes Education Collaborative (GLEC) is to promote and expand Great Lakes education and stewardship in the eight Great Lakes states. As a result of the grant, GLEC developed:
*A structure for the GLEC including goals and strategies
*The membership of the GLEC to include at least 15 formal and non-formal education organizations representing six of the Great Lakes states (short of the eight proposed)
*A sustainability plan (goals, strategies, budget) that promotes place-based education (PBE) among the members of the collaborative as an effective strategy to lead to stewardship and lay the groundwork for expanding the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI) beyond Michigan
*A “funder-ready” proposal as a pilot test of the structure emerging for the GLEC over the course of the grant.

Board Decision Year: 2008
Alliance for the Great Lakes (Chicago) Smith, Stephanie (ssmith@greatlakes.org) Completed $89,845.33
0986 Fate of the Boardman River Dams

This multi-year grant supports the process to determine the future of four dams on the Boardman River and helps build the capacity of organizations' involvement with the management of the river's watershed.

Board Decision Year: 2008
Rotary Camps and Services - Rotary Charities of Traverse City (Traverse City) Smith, Marsha (msmith@rotarycharities.org) Completed $141,572.95
0973 Preparing for Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region

This workshop assessed adaptation needs for climate change in the Great Lakes region and began the development of strategies for addressing those needs in decision making. The workshop was designed to provide the Great Lakes funding and policy communities with the latest information on climate impacts on the Great Lakes region and at the same time suggest the most fruitful areas to pursue resource management, policy, and science initiatives around Great Lakes adaptation needs.

Board Decision Year: 2008
University of Michigan - School of Natural Resources and Environment (Ann Arbor) Scavia, Don (3002@glftnoemail.org) Completed $9,549.23
0972 Mortality and Recruitment Mechanisms Affecting Early Life Stages of Lake Sturgeon Population in Lake Michigan

Protection and rehabilitation of lake sturgeon in the Great Lakes requires an understanding of the relationship among mortality and recruitment factors. As a result, there is a need to identify and quantify the sources of mortality that act on early life stages and determine how they influence lake sturgeon populations. This research will aid recovery efforts for lake sturgeon populations in Lake Michigan by examining these parameters within the context of ongoing and future rehabilitation activities.

Board Decision Year: 2005
University of Alaska Fairbanks - School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (Fairbanks) Sutton, Trent (tsutton@sfos.uaf.edu) Completed $104,025.51
0970 A Voyage to Protect and Restore the Great Lakes

The Healing Our Waters® – Great Lakes Coalition used the grant fund for a public education initiative by the Great Lakes’ fastest sailboat: the Earthvoyager. This 60-foot ship, with a 95-foot tall mast, in the summer of 2008l lead a flotilla of ships through the Great Lakes, stopping at ports throughout its journey for publicity generating events that created awareness of the need to restore the Great Lakes.

Board Decision Year: 2008
National Wildlife Federation - Great Lakes Regional Office (Ann Arbor) Lubetkin, Jordan (2998@glftnoemail.org) Completed $20,000.00
0966 Characterization of the Adaptive Potential of Lake Michigan Chinook Salmon to Resist Disease in the Presence of Environmental Stressors

The project characterized the genetic basis for survival following Renibacterium salmoninarum (Rs) infection in a Lake Michigan population of Chinook (Chk) salmon. Plasticity of Rs survival were evaluated in the presence of a model environmental variable. A second project goal was to validate biomarkers associated with disease prognosis. Results provided insight into the ability of Lake Michigan Chk to respond and adapt to Rs and will form the foundation for future studies aimed at identifying genes.

Board Decision Year: 2008
Western Fisheries Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey - Fish Health Section (Seattle) Elliott, Diane (diane_elliott@usgs.gov) Completed $373,152.00
0962 Evaluation of Lake Trout Spawning Habitat at Lake Michigan's Mid-Lake Reef Complex

Lake Michigan's Mid-Lake Reef Complex (MLRC) was a very important spawning area for indigenous lake trout. Techniques developed for a concluding (June 2008) GLFT project demonstrate distinct smaller sub-reefs within each main reef, each with eggs deposited and sac-fry produced, of statistically distinguishable egg deposition densities. This study provided a more complete assessment of the MLRC's total spawning habitat by a targeted search for additional sub-reefs.

Board Decision Year: 2008
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Great Lakes WATER Institute (Milwaukee) Janssen, John (jjanssen@uwm.edu) Completed $299,424.00
0961 Enhancement of PIT Tag Dectection Capabilities

This project builds on the recently funded Sturgeon Tag Identification Database, by providing PIT tag reading capabilities to agencies and partners that frequently encounter lake sturgeon. With the increased number of individuals having PIT tag detection capabilities and by using the PIT Tag Identification Database, information sharing will improve for recaptured lake sturgeon.

Board Decision Year: 2008
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Alpena Fishery Resources Office (Alpena ) Kowalski, Adam (adam_kowalski@fws.gov) Completed $17,575.00
0960 Habitat or Food? The Demise of the Benthic Food Web in Lake Michigan

Diporeia, a critical fish food, has declined in Lake Michigan. Dreissenid-driven changes in algal density and species composition are cited as probable causes, but there may be other reasons. Paleolimnological analysis of the sediment record will document whether a loss of lipid-rich diatoms was associated with the influx of dreissenids. Examination of the diets of Diporeia before and after the dreissenid influx from Lakes Michigan and Superior will confirm or refute mussels as the likely cause of the Diporeia decline.

Board Decision Year: 2008
Science Museum of Minnesota - St. Croix Watershed Research Station (Marine on St. Croix) Edlund, Mark (mbedlund@smm.org) Completed $148,008.00
0950 Assessing Lake Michigan Salmonine Stocking Policies Using Decision Analysis

Working with Lake Michigan fishery managers and key stakeholders, researchers developed an updated decision model to assess the performance of alternative policies for stocking of salmonine fishes into Lake Michigan. They assembled and analyzed data collected since 2002, especially on alewife recruitment dynamics, and collected new data on Chinook salmon wild recruitment, as well as updated the existing model and expanded it to include all stocked salmonine species.

Board Decision Year: 2008
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Jones, Michael L. (jonesm30@msu.edu) Completed $368,961.54
0940 West Michigan Hub for Place-Based Education & Environmental Stewardship

The West Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative supported the work of 21 teachers and 2,200 students in 10 schools in the region. Seventeen community organizations joined the students and teachers in completing a variety of successful, community-based projects. Professional development for teachers focused on the pedagogy of problem-based learning and inquiry, while capacity-building for community organizations focused on place-based learning and high-performing partnerships with schools. A Youth Environment Symposium (YES!) for the public capped the 2008-09 school year and provided a stage for students to share the results of their work with the community. The hub’s structure features an active advisory council and a committed leadership team that regularly reflects on progress and challenges. The hub used the local media and printed materials to successfully promote its work throughout the region, and kept two other funders appraised of its progress throughout the grant period. This hub applied for and was awarded a continuation grant through the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Muskegon Area Intermediate School District - Regional Mathematics and Science Center (Muskegon) Krebs, Dave (dkrebs@muskegonisd.org) Completed $157,180.06
0939 The GRAND Learning Network: An Implementation Model for Place-Based Great Lakes Stewardship Education in Mid-Michigan

The GRAND Learning Network features a formalized professional learning community of teachers, who thoroughly understand place-based education and Great Lakes stewardship and provides leadership to colleagues. Leadership for the Network’s operation also comes from Michigan State University (the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the College of Education and Natural Science), a practicing K-12 teacher, and a Distinguished Advisory Group. The intended audiences are about 2,000 students and 160 K-12 teachers, representing five school districts in the Greater Lansing area (ranging from rural to urban), and about 10 community organizations. A core group of teachers first developed and then shared tools and resources with their colleagues, who in turn worked with their students to carry out place-based education projects of local relevance.

Board Decision Year: 2008
Michigan State University - Office of Contract & Grant Administration (East Lansing) Brubaker, Robert R. (862@glftnoemail.org) Completed $197,211.95
0938 Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative

The Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative worked with 46 teachers and their 1,350 students in 11 school buildings (7 districts) during the 2008-09 school year. During the course of the grant period, the number of community partners increased from 13 to 44, including the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College. An ambitious and well-defined plan of professional development for teachers addressed needs in both content and pedagogy. A wide variety of collaborative, community-based projects were completed through mini-grants awarded by the hub to project teams (comprised of community partners and students, teachers, and administrators from participating schools). The hub made excellent progress in addressing the issue of organizational sustainability: Michigan Technological University and the US Forest Service are requesting funding for the initiative as part of their grant applications to other funders; the hub is working to establish an endowment fund at the local community foundation; and the hub is integrating their work with an existing service learning program. The hub’s organizational structure is sound and features written policies and well-defined roles and responsibilities for all participants. This hub applied for and was awarded a continuation grant through the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative.

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 $190,362.49
0933 Implementing the Southeastern Michigan Center for Place-Based Education

The Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition initially engaged eight schools, but two of these left the program early on, owing to external circumstances within their districts. Professional development for teachers in the remaining six schools was conducted throughout the grant period, with 14 educators and their students in two school districts slated to field collaborative, community-based projects. The hub focuses on the interconnectedness of ecological, social and cultural systems, and uses ecojustice to frame issues of local importance. In one school, community-based projects centered on the health of neighborhoods and the remediation of brownfields. In the second school, community-based projects related to watershed revitalization. The hub engaged an impressive variety of community organizations, including Matrix Theater Company, National Wildlife Federation, and the Michigan Coalition of Essential Schools. The leadership of the hub is shared by a team of committed people who represent various stakeholders in the work, including a K-12 school administrator, a faculty member at a university, an active community partner, and an expert in K-12 school reform. This hub applied for and was awarded a continuation grant through the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Eastern Michigan University - Office of Research Development (Ypsilanti) Davis, Claresta (cstevens@emich.edu) Completed $175,089.18
0931 Access to Amenities in Mears State Park

This project provides anglers using the Pentwater Pier and the canal access to amenities within Mears State Park via a concrete walkway that connects to a Corps of Engineers walkway spur.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Parks and Recreation Division (Cadillac) Rife, Troy (rifet@michigan.gov) Completed $102,253.92
0930 Lake Fanny Hooe Fishing Pier at Fort Wilkins State Park

This project provides new recreational fishing access by constructing a fishing pier on Lake Fanny Hooe, which is connected to Lake Superior.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Parks and Recreation Division (Cheboygan) Cheli, Keith (chelik@michigan.gov) Completed $133,263.19
0927 Deerlick Creek Park

This grant allowed South Haven Township to purchase 2.1 acres to provide access to 170 feet of Lake Michigan frontage and 0.82 acres of wetland and floodplain along Deerlick Creek (a MDNR-designated trout stream and smelt dipping area). This area has been important to fishermen for over 100 years and there was widespread community support for this project. South Haven Township was awarded $1million from Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF).

Board Decision Year: 2007
South Haven Charter Township (South Haven) Stein, Ross (stein@vbisd.org) Completed $111,500.00
0926 Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Gateway Fishing Access Facility: Design and Engineering

This project allowed for construction of a new fishing pier and boat dock at the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Gateway site. The project included construction of an aggregate access road, a boardwalk out into the Detroit River, a floating dock system, and a newly constructed dike providing accessible fishing access to one of the largest walleye fisheries in North America. The GLFT provided the funding for engineering and design of the site.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC) (Detroit) Phillips, Susan J. (phillips@semcog.org) Completed $166,601.57
0925 Manistee Lake Fishing Piers: Increased and Improved Recreational Access to the Great Lake Fisheries

This project provides increased recreational access to the Great Lakes fishery, including increased access for tribal recreational and subsistence fishing. Universally accessible fishing piers and directional and educational signage were constructed at two optimal locations on Manistee Lake for targeting migratory Great Lakes species and migrating coolwater species. An additional objective of this project was to build upon concurrent planning processes to identify additional prime locations for sites that would provide increased universal access to the Great Lakes fishery in connecting waters throughout Manistee County.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Alliance for Economic Success (Manistee) Fuller, Cyndy (cyndy@allianceforeconomicsuccess.com) Completed $289,450.00
0924 Sebewaing County Park Shore Fishing Access

The Sebewaing County Park shore fishing access project provides free, handicapped-accessible shore fishing on three different platforms in the popular County Park at the mouth of the Sebewaing River on Lake Huron. The project included new access to a shore island via a footbridge, bank stabilization, and handicapped-accessible walkways.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Huron County - Parks Department (Bad Axe) Romzek, Steve (lorie@spicergroup.com) Completed $192,000.00
0923 Manistique River Shore Fishing Access Site Project

The project was intended to provide public access shore-fishing opportunities on the only publicly owned river frontage within the City of Manistique. The project included construction of public access piers on the Manistique River 1,600 feet above the river mouth, utilizing existing shore support facilities at the West Shore Boat Launching Facility, and the installation of three  30-foot-by-24-foot ADA-compliant cantilevered piers paralleling river frontage accessible by boardwalk from the boat launch facility.

Board Decision Year: 2007
City of Manistique (Manistique) Aldrich, Sheila (saldrich@chartermi.net) Completed $383,313.00
0921 River Woods on the Trail: Black River Access and Kal-Haven Trail Interconnectivity

The grant provided funds to construct two 6' x 40' cantilevered fishing piers at key locations on the Black River. Both piers are barrier free and accessible by boardwalk and the Kal-Haven Trail in South Haven Township.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Association for RiverWoods on the Trail - Infrastructure C&E (Jenison) Parman, Joe (parmanj@vbco.org) Completed $15,709.00
0919 Environment Report

The Environment Report, a free environmental news service for public radio stations nationwide, used this grant for the production of eight feature-length radio stories that will educate the public on fishery habitat, fish populations and health, angling access, and the integrity of the Great Lakes ecosystem. The project had an advisory group that was consulted as needed throughout the year and provided post-production evaluative advice for the ongoing direction of projects.

Board Decision Year: 2007
University of Michigan - The Environment Report (Ann Arbor) Han, Ellen Rinck (erinck@umich.edu) Completed $20,000.00
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