# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
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) , (3139@glftnoemail.org) 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
0843 A Watcher on the Shore: Nature, Culture and the Imperiled Great Lakes (a book about the Great Lakes)

The project is a book of literary journalism that documents a year spent living on the shores of the Great Lakes. It provides a vivid portrait of a unique, beautiful, and threatened place that is among the greatest natural treasures of the world yet remains poorly understood by most people. In addition to illustrating the qualities that make the Great Lakes unique, the book addresses environmental challenges that have grown more urgent since publication of the author’s award-winning book, The Living Great Lakes (St. Martin’s Press, 2003). The project is finished and should be published in late 2010 or early 2011.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Northwestern Michigan College (Traverse City) Cotto, Marguerite (mcotto@nmc.edu) Completed $40,000.00
0842 Wheelin' Sportsmen: Let's ALL Fish Lake Michigan Disability Fishing Recruitment Project

Over the course of three years, Wheelin' Sportsmen NWTF held 10 events that provided angler education, access information, and equipment to 574 children with disabilities in Grand Haven and Muskegon, Michigan.  Participant surveys, administered one year after the event, indicated that 40 percent had never participated in fishing activities before the event, 25 percent did not know before the event that Michigan had barrier-free public fishing opportunities, 62 percent learned new skills and/or stewardship techniques, and 75 percent participated in fishing again following the event.

Board Decision Year: 2006
National Wild Turkey Federation (Edgefield) Burkhart, Illana (iburkhart@nwtf.net) Completed $37,322.25
0841 Bete Grise Wetlands Acquisition Project

The Bete Grise Wetlands project was a multi-partner effort to secure conservation protection for 1,875 acres of Great Lakes fishery habitat through land acquisition coupled with a long-term joint management agreement among partner organizations. A combination of USFWS, NOAA, and private funds completed protection of 1,104 acres of the Bete Grise Wetlands, and the Nature Conservancy used this match funding to secure the remaining 771 acres.

Board Decision Year: 2006
The Nature Conservancy - Michigan Chapter (Lansing) Knoop, Jeff (jknoop@tnc.org) Completed $752,800.00
0837 Identifying Trophic Pathways Associated with Thiamine Deficiency Complex

Sources and trophic transfer pathways of thiaminase in food webs have not been characterized. The project identified species (including plankton, benthos, and fish) and trophic pathways associated with thiaminase in Great Lakes food webs. Identification of thiaminase sources and their trophic pathways is required for the development of management strategies to mitigate Thiamine Deficiency Complex. They surveyed all trophic levels at one site three times to identify sources of thiaminase and pathways of thiaminase transfer.

Board Decision Year: 2006
U.S. Geological Survey - Great Lakes Science Center (Ann Arbor) Allen, Jeffrey D. (jeffrey_allen@usgs.gov) Completed $257,800.00
0836 Trophic Disruption Effects on the Diet and Condition of Lake Whitefish

Great Lakes Laboratory for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences tested the hypothesis that low Diporeia abundance caused by dreissenid invasion is associated with poorer diets and slower-growing, low-condition lake whitefish. The diet-condition link was examined by stable isotope analyses of whitefish from Lakes Michigan, Erie, and Superior, along a spectrum from invaded with complete Diporeia loss (Erie), to invaded with partial Diporeia loss (Michigan), to uninvaded with no Diporeia loss (Superior).

Board Decision Year: 2006
Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Great Lakes Laboratory for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (Burlington, ON, Canada) , (referralsburlington@dfo-mpo.gc.ca) Completed $81,000.00
0835 Testing of Nonlethal and Environmental Sampling Methods for Detection of the Fish Pathogen Renibacterium Salmoninarum

This project completed laboratory testing and began field evaluation of nonlethal and environmental sampling methods for detecting the agent of bacterial kidney disease (BKD) in Great Lakes salmonid fishes and water, respectively. Nonlethal detection methods that enable monitoring of performance and survival of fish after testing, and methods for monitoring the pathogen in the environment, enhance evaluation of the impacts of this important pathogen on Great Lakes salmonids.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Western Fisheries Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey - Fish Health Section (Seattle) Elliott, Diane (diane_elliott@usgs.gov) Completed $327,971.00
0812 Determine the Critical Period of Olfactory Memory Imprinting in Lake Sturgeon

An important strategic plan for the management and restoration of lake sturgeon in the Great Lakes is to determine when and where to stock lake sturgeon, and what is the proper life stage of lake sturgeon for stocking. However, this issue cannot be properly addressed without knowledge of olfactory imprinting in this species. In this study, we will use cellular and molecular biology tools to study olfactory development and determine the critical period for olfactory memory imprinting in lake sturgeon.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Illinois Institute of Technology - Biological, Chemical and Physical Sciences (Chicago) Zhang, Chunbo (zhangc@iit.edu) Completed $241,794.00
0802 Evaluation of Lake Sturgeon Rehabilitation Strategies Using an Individual-Based Model of Demographics and Genetics

Rehabilitation of lake sturgeon in the Great Lakes basin needs to consider both the demographic and genetic response to management actions. Actions to rapidly rebuild abundance (e.g., intensive stocking) may have negative genetic consequences, but insufficient management may result in population extirpation. The goal of this project wasto develop a model that represents the genetics and demographics of lake sturgeon, and use that model to evaluate stocking strategies that could be used for lake sturgeon rehabilitation.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Hayes, Daniel (hayesdan@msu.edu) Completed $110,372.00