# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
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) Krueger, Charles (ckrueger@glfc.org) 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) Koops, Marten (marten.koops@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
0801 Economic Summit on Lake Michigan Invasive Species

This workshop/summit was designed to stimulate and inform economic research on the growing problem of invasive species in Lake Michigan. The summit brought university ecologists and economists together with policymakers from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, USFWS, EPA, and Great Lakes agencies to foster dialogue and collaborations, and to stimulate research informed by real agency concerns and needs.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Lupi, Frank (lupi@msu.edu) Completed $18,580.10
0800 Economics of the Lake Michigan Recreational Fishery

The project measured the economic effects (expenditures and value) of recreational fishing on Lake Michigan and other Great Lakes. An economic model of the demand for recreational fishing on Lake Michigan was developed using the travel cost method. Primary angler data was collected in Michigan and a mix of primary and secondary data collected for other states. In addition to providing contemporary economic baseline data, the model permits managers to assess the economic effects of fishery decisions.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Lupi, Frank (lupi@msu.edu) Completed $259,349.00
0795 Establishment of Basinwide PIT Tag Capabilities to Rehabilitate Great Lakes Lake Sturgeon

Although PIT tags are a principal component of sturgeon assessment and management many agencies that target or encounter sturgeon lack the capability to detect or implant PIT tags, missing opportunities to share data. This grant money was used to purchase two types of readers and tagging supplies; these were distributed to 12 agencies with 17 offices. Data is being exchanged through the Sturgeon Tag Database and at Sturgeon Coordination Meetings.

Board Decision Year: 2006
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Ashland Fishery Resources Office (Ashland) Quinlan, Henry (henry_quinlan@fws.gov) Completed $24,696.00
0794 Development of DNA-Based Sexing Assays for Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens)

The mechanism of sex determination in lake sturgeon is unknown, but is almost certainly genetic. If so, then it should be possible to develop a DNA test to sex fin clips, blood, or other tissue samples collected from live individuals. Purdue University's Dept. of Forestry and Nat. Resources developed an inexpensive and accurate genetic test that can sex lake sturgeon from nearly any tissue sample. This research will greatly enhance efforts to describe lake sturgeon distribution, abundance, and genetic variability.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Purdue University - Dept. of Forestry and Nat. Resources (West Lafayette) DeWoody, Andrew (dewoody@purdue.edu) Completed $150,200.00
0781 Coastal Wetland Landowner Education Campaign Phase II

This project was a continuation of GLFT support of Tip of the Mitt's coastal wetland landowner education campaign. Grant funds were used to produce a brochure summarizing a MDEQ report that evaluates Great Lakes bottomland grooming activities and describes the ecological impacts on the affected areas. The brochure was distributed to the same 10,000 shoreline property owners whose homes are located on some of the most important and threatened coastal wetland systems.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (Petoskey) McKay, Jennifer (2798@glftnoemail.org) Completed $20,000.00
0780 GLRC Great Lakes Fishery Series

The Great Lakes Radio Consortium (GLRC), a free environmental news service for public radio stations nationwide, produced the Great Lakes Fishery Series. These eight radio stories were designed to educate the public on fishery habitat, fish populations and health, angling access, and the integrity of the Great Lakes ecosystem. In addition to producing these stories and distributing them to 145 radio stations, the GLRC compiled a CD for educational distribution.

Board Decision Year: 2006
University of Michigan - The Environment Report (Ann Arbor) Han, Ellen Rinck (erinck@umich.edu) Completed $20,000.00
0779 The Continued Development of a Place-Based Education Initiative in Michigan

This project continued the support NMC in its effort to assist the GLFT in exploring the potential for a GLFT place-based education (PBE) initiative. Local and national place-based education, as well as Michigan stakeholders, were engaged in the development phase. NMC produced a document that summarized the research and input from experts and strategic partners, including a recommended infrastructure, organizational, and implementation plan for a place-based education initiative in Michigan. The GLFT Board is using this information to determine the length and level of financial commitment to this initiative. The document is also used to educate and leverage assets of other funders that might join the Trust in supporting place-based education.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Northwestern Michigan College (Traverse City) Cotto, Marguerite (mcotto@nmc.edu) Completed $46,966.00
0776 Fate of the Boardman River Dams

This multi-year grant supported 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: 2006
Northwestern Michigan College (Traverse City) Cotto, Marguerite (mcotto@nmc.edu) Completed $334,427.05
0693 Evaluation and Synthesis of Methods for Identifying and Quantifying Critical Fisheries Habitat for Great Lakes Lower Riverine and Nearshore Zones

The Trust and Commission, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), funded an evaluation and synthesis of methods for identifying and quantifying critical fisheries habitat for Great Lakes lower riverine and nearshore zones. The work was carried out through a contract administered by the Commission with the University of Michigan.

Board Decision Year: 2005
Great Lakes Fishery Commission (Ann Arbor) Staples, Barb (bstapels@glfc.org) Completed $31,543.60
0692 Detroit River Walk Fishing Access

The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy constructed a three-and-one-half-mile pathway along the Detroit River known as the Detroit RiverWalk. This is a dedicated pedestrian trail that provides recreational use, habitat restoration, and public education. Detroit River fishing access is an important element of the Conservancy's mission. With GLFT funding, the Conservancy provided designated and separated access that caters to anglers. It enhanced two distinct access sites along the RiverWalk that are identified for angler use.

Board Decision Year: 2005
Detroit RiverFront Conservancy (Detroit) Marszalek, Leonard P (leonard.marszalek@detroitriverfront.org) Completed $254,506.00
0691 Tribal Fishing and Recreational Fishing Access Project - Mackinaw City

The project resulted in two side-by-side floating docks attached to tribal property adjacent to a LTBB-owned fish market in Mackinaw City. One side is a 16-feet wide working tribal commercial fishing dock capable of mooring three 60-foot vessels and a research or patrol vessel. The other is an 8-foot wide public recreation fishing dock. The two sides are separated by a 3-foot tall center railing equipped with downward facing lighting fixtures. The public side has two 8-foot fishing bump outs and is handicap accessible (the last bump out has a 10-foot section of low railing to allow wheelchair-bound anglers access over the rail). The dock is a total of 295 feet in length. There are four parking spaces along the shore-side terminus of the dock and ample parking within walking distance.

Board Decision Year: 2005
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians - Natural Resources (Harbor Springs) Craven, Doug (dcraven@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov) Completed $650,568.56
0689 Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve Boardwalk With Fishing Access

The Wilder River Walk located at the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve was constructed along the Muskegon River, near the mouth where it empties into Muskegon Lake. The Wilder River Walk is 985 feet long and 10 feet wide with an additional 400-foot extension spur into the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve that connects to the nature preserve asphalt bike trail. In addition, seven fishing platforms were constructed along the 985 foot boardwalk; these cantilever 6 feet toward the water from the already 10 foot-wide boardwalk.

Board Decision Year: 2005
Muskegon Environmental Research & Education Society (North Muskegon) Brown, Ron (voyager123@juno.com) Completed $198,515.00
0687 New Richmond Bridge County Park - Phase I

The funds from this grant helped build five handicapped-accessible fishing piers on the Kalamazoo River at the village of New Richmond in Allegan County. It also helped with the construction of boardwalks and trails to access the fishing piers. Educational signs and kiosks about the Lake Sturgeon in the river system and other aquatic fauna that can be found in and around the river are also included at the site.

Board Decision Year: 2005
Allegan County Parks Commission (Allegan) Ricco, Kevin (kricco@allegancounty.org) Completed $100,000.00
0685 Gladstone 10th Street Fishing Pier

The 10th Street Pier project converted a hazardous attractive nuisance into a facility that allows access to Little Bay de Noc and provides quality shore-fishing opportunities for anglers of all ages and abilities.

Board Decision Year: 2005
City of Gladstone - Parks and Recreation (Gladstone) Sanderson, Nicole (parks@gladstonewireless.com) Completed $350,000.00
0684 Preliminary Feasibility of Ecologic Separation of the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes via the Chicago Waterway System to Prevent the Transfer of Aquatic Nuisance Species

This project explored aquatic ecological separation of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins at Chicago with the long-term goal of preventing the inter-basin transfer of aquatic species. The project developed effective and feasible scenarios and implementation strategies for separation of the two basins. These scenarios included consideration of engineering, economic, and ecological factors.

Board Decision Year: 2005
Alliance for the Great Lakes (Chicago) Brammeier, Joel (jbrammeier@greatlakes.org) Completed $67,000.00
0671 Lake Sturgeon Rehabilitation Using Streamside Rearing Facilities

Biologists and researchers from the Lake Michigan basin continue to work together to rehabilitate lake sturgeon in Lake Michigan. Streamside rearing facilities (SRF) have been identified as the preferred tool to use for stocking sturgeon in both extirpated and remnant sturgeon populations in Lake Michigan streams. This project will provided a critical evaluation of SRF while promoting lake sturgeon rehabilitation in four Lake Michigan streams. Additional collaboration/contacts for this project included the Wisconsin and Michigan Departments of Natural Resources and the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.

Board Decision Year: 2005
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Green Bay Fishery Resources Office (New Franken) Elliott, Rob (robert_elliott@fws.gov) Completed $583,212.00
0665 Modeling Renibacterium Salmoninarum Dynamics among Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) and Lake Whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) Populations in the Great Lakes

The goal of this project was to develop models of the multiple host-pathogen system of Renibacterium salmoninarum, Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), and lake whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis), using modeling methods developed for terrestrial diseases. Researchers used analysis of a hierarchy of models that included alternative vectors for pathogen transmission to identify important parameters to estimate in future field studies and to explore interactions between fishery management and disease dynamics.

Board Decision Year: 2005
Michigan State University - Michigan Sea Grant Extension (East Lansing) Tsao, Jean (tsao@msu.edu) Completed $42,898.30