# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
1661 Thunder Bay Watershed Resource Inventories

Huron Pines will conduct a comprehensive inventory of road/stream crossings in the Thunder Bay River Watershed. Road/stream crossing inventory data, along with streambank erosion and invasive species inventory data that will be collected using matching funds, will be uploaded to publicly accessible websites including www.northernmichiganstreams.org and the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN), http://www.misin.msu.edu/. This information will greatly help resource managers identify future cost-effective and high-impact restoration projects to implement in the watershed.

Board Decision Year: 2016
Huron Pines (Grayling) Leisen, Josh (josh@huronpines.org) Active $35,442.00
1659 Reconnecting Blue Ribbon Trout Stream to tributary habitat - Au Gres River Watershed

Huron Pines and partners will reconnect the upper East Branch Au Gres River, a state-designated Blue Ribbon Trout Stream, with several of its tributary streams. Five undersized road/stream crossings will be replaced with appropriately sized structures and one small dam will be removed in order to restore natural river functions and allow brook trout and other aquatic wildlife to access 15 miles of high quality spawning, rearing, foraging and refuge habitat that is currently inaccessible.

Board Decision Year: 2016
Huron Pines (Grayling) Leisen, Josh (josh@huronpines.org) Active $98,394.00
1645 Optimize pheromone application rate to yield large and consistent catches of adult sea lamprey

This project will optimize application rates of synthesized pheromone to yield large and consistent catches of invasive sea lamprey in Lake Michigan tributaries. The results will enable widespread use of this environmentally benign and innovative sea lamprey control tool in Lake Michigan and throughout the Great Lakes, thereby reducing dependence on lampricides and sea lamprey barriers.

Board Decision Year: 2016
USGS - Great Lakes Science Center, Hammond Bay Biological Station (Millersburg) Johnson, Nicholas (njohnson@usgs.gov) Active $164,076.00
1641 Informing policy and practice for AIS cases in the Great Lakes using lessons learned from the sea lamprey control story

Sea lamprey control in the Great Lakes has been an unprecedented success. This study will use a qualitative approach to assess and analyze the deeper knowledge of key individuals involved in Great Lakes aquatic invasive species (AIS) issues, compare this data to existing robust data from an ongoing sea lamprey project, and use the output to inform policymakers, managers, AIS technicians, elected officials, and the public about how to tackle current and future threats.

Board Decision Year: 2016
University of Michigan Water Center Read, Jennifer (houghtak@umich.edu) Active $134,515.00
1631 Identity and Function of Lake Trout Pheromones

This project will characterize the pheromones used by lake trout to locate spawning reefs and mates; this research may be significant for overcoming impediments to lake trout rehabilitation in the Great Lakes, particularly Lake Michigan. The expected result of the project—identified lake trout pheromones—will allow for the development of management tactics that enhance natural recruitment, such as applying pheromones via slow-release polymers to encourage use of historically important or newly constructed reefs.

Board Decision Year: 2016
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Li, Weiming (liweim@msu.edu) Active $237,773.00
1613 Watershed Education and Stewardship Teams (W.E.S.T.)

The Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council utilized its Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT) grant to plan and develop a pilot water resources education program for middle school science students and teachers in local Northern Michigan schools between April 2015 and January 2017. Area teachers were surveyed to determine program needs and interests with regard to water resource education at the middle school level. Collaboration with two regional GTSI hubs and local environmental organizations supported program development through the sharing of organizational documents, lessons and curriculum. Results from the survey and collaboration with the hubs resulted in the GLFT funding of a pilot program (WREP) 2017-2019 and the recruitment of 10 teachers, four schools and over 400 middle school students for participation in this new program.

Board Decision Year: 2016
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (Petoskey) Affhalter, Maria (maria@watershedcouncil.org) Completed $10,000.00
1612 Spotlight on Stewards

The Spotlight on Stewards Project (working title) is a collaborative pilot program between the Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition and Detroit Public Television's Great Lakes Bureau that will facilitate connected, engaged communities within Michigan working toward the common goal of protecting and advocating for the health of Great Lakes through restoration and preservation. The program will utilize the strengths of each organization in order to further our shared goals.

Board Decision Year: 2016
Detroit Educational Television Foundation (Wixom) Sutika, Riley (rsutika@dptv.org) Active $40,000.00
1608 Woodlands & Waters—Three Tiers of Stakeholder Engagement in the Heart of the Great Lakes

Huron Pines will build on existing partnerships to promote wise stewardship of land and water through nature-based experiential learning in the heart of Michigan’s northern lower peninsula. By taking a three-tiered approach to empower (1) K-12 students, (2) adult citizens and (3) Michigan leaders in understanding and protecting natural resources, this project will strengthen the NEMI GLSI network and result in healthy Great Lakes natural communities connected to caring, engaged people communities.

Board Decision Year: 2016
Huron Pines (Grayling) Zoll, Jennie (jennie@huronpines.org) Active $89,996.00
1606 Outdoor Adventure Center Great Lakes Fisheries Learning Program

The key goal for this project was to provide a plan for the implementation of a Great Lakes fishery learning program based at the DNR's Outdoor Adventure Center in Detroit, with the target audience being children and families. The result of the project is a comprehensive plan for the program, including a cost estimate for program implementation that will be used to seek funding from partners. The plan also outlines how the program’s success will be measured and what methods will be used. Once implemented, the DNR is confident that the program will become an integral component to the Outdoor Adventure Center and the State Park system.

Board Decision Year: 2016
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Parks and Recreation Division (Lansing) Lincoln, Matt (lincolnm@michigan.gov) Completed $15,000.00
1604 Grand Rapids River Restoration Project

An adjustable hydraulic structure (AHS) was constructed within the Grand River at Grand Rapids, MI to produce hydraulic conditions which impede upstream migration of the invasive sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus).  This project investigated the optimum design configuration for the AHS to maintain key hydraulics across the full range of flows in the Grand River.  Results from the project provide critical information to the construction and operation of the AHS and for the installation of physical sea lamprey barriers at other locations within the Great Lakes Fishery.

Board Decision Year: 2015
RiverRestoration Scurlock, Michael (michael.scurlock@riverrestoration.org) Completed $125,000.00
1599 Investing in Success: Great Lakes Restoration Project by Project

The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition (HOW) has completed this project as part of the Coalition’s Implementation Grant Program. The project supported work by the Coalition to continue a small grants program which provides funding to local organizations to build needed capacity to leverage federal dollars for Great Lakes restoration projects from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and to illustrate the ecological and economic benefits of restoration. In 2016, the grant program successfully awarded 17 grants to local organizations for projects addressing (but not limited to) stream and wetland habitat restoration, invasive species, and fish passage in eight priority areas across the Great Lakes.

Board Decision Year: 2015
National Wildlife Federation - Great Lakes Regional Office (Ann Arbor) Hill, Jennifer (hillj@nwf.org) Completed $99,996.27
1596 Acme's Sayler Park Boat Launch

Acme Township constructed a small boat access site on East Grand Traverse Bay at Sayler Park. Prior to completion of this project no public launches were available between Old Mission and Elk Rapids - separated by almost 20 car miles. Sayler Park is an established, rural, 22-acre family-friendly park owned and maintained by Acme Township. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources estimates through creel census information that over the last 10 years, angler effort has averaged 50,000 hours at the site with anglers making up 50 to 70 percent of users. The GLFT contributed approximately 20 percent of the project budget. The remaining 80 percent was provided by local, state, and tribal funding sources

 

Board Decision Year: 2015
Acme Township Williamsburg (Williamsburg) Aukerman, Jean (jkaukerman@sbcglobal.net) Completed $77,698.00
1593 Hayes Township Park, Camp Sea-Gull Fishing Pier

Hayes Township was provided with a planning grant to assess the potential for ice damage to a proposed fishing pier on Lake Charlevoix. The township was able to quantify the potential for ice damage to the structure and develop a design to mitigate risk through structural resistance to ice forces developed in Lake Charlevoix. The results of this planning grant will be incorporated into the design for the structure.

Board Decision Year: 2015
Hayes Township (Charlevoix) Kantola, Anne (anne@annekantola.com) Completed $23,040.00
1591 Fish Manistique

The purpose of the Fish Manistique project is to provide access to the Lake Michigan fishery at the mouth of the Manistique River.  An accessible parking lot with restrooms will be connected to an existing break wall by the boardwalk.  The break wall will be furnished with railings on both sides to make fishing safe for all users.

Board Decision Year: 2015
City of Manistique (Manistique) Aldrich, Sheila (ktrevillian@coleman-engineering.com) Active $235,400.00
1588 Belle Isle Shoreline Fishing Access Improvements

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division and Parks and Recreation Division together will design and construct shoreline fishing access improvements in two areas at Belle Isle Park for the purposes of improving safety and accessibility for anglers. Improvements will include barrier free parking and pathways, new railings along the Detroit River for fishing access, and a site amenities such as interpretive signs, tackle tables and benches.

Board Decision Year: 2015
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Parks and Recreation Division (Lansing) Lincoln, Matt (lincolnm@michigan.gov) Active $225,000.00
1585 Wilder River Walk Restoration

In 2007 a boardwalk was built along the Muskegon River on the south side of our Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve. The land was stable for many years, however recent storm evens and low lake levels have resulted in excessive erosion. The result is a portion of the boardwalk has been closed due to erosion under the pilings on the river side. This grant will pay for part of the restoration of The Wilder River Walk.

Board Decision Year: 2015
Muskegon Environmental Research & Education Society (North Muskegon) Brown, Ron (rnbrown227@gmail.com) Active $98,121.00
1583 Discovering Place

Board Decision Year: 2015
The Regents of the University of Michigan - U of M - Flint (Flint) Sanker, Leyla (lsanker@umflint.edu) Active $152,119.00
1582 West Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative

Board Decision Year: 2015
Muskegon Area Intermediate School District - Regional Mathematics and Science Center (Muskegon) Johnson, Erica (ejohnson@muskegonisd.org) Active $152,565.00
1581 Groundswell Continuation 3

Board Decision Year: 2015
Grand Valley State University - Center For Educational Partnerships (Grand Rapids) Pelon, Clayton (pelonc@gvsu.edu) Active $145,000.00
1580 Upper Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative

Board Decision Year: 2015
Superior Watershed Partnership (Marquette) Debiak, Abbie (abbie@superiorwatersheds.org) Active $145,000.00
1578 The Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition, GLFT Continuation 4, SEMIS 2015-2017

Board Decision Year: 2015
Eastern Michigan University - Office of Research Development (Ypsilanti) Lowenstein, Ethan (ethan.lowenstein@emich.edu) Active $152,560.00
1577 Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (2015-17 Continuation)

Board Decision Year: 2015
Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan - Northeast Michigan (Alpena) Heraghty, Patrick (pheraghty@cfnem.org) Completed $155,968.00
1576 GRAND Learning Network Phase V Continuation

Board Decision Year: 2015
Shari L. Dann - Department of Community Sustainability (E Lansing) Dann, Shari (sldann@msu.edu) Active $155,081.00
1574 Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative

Board Decision Year: 2015
The Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education - Copper Country Intermediate School District (Hancock) Oppliger, Shawn (shawn@copperisd.org) Completed $155,871.00
1573 Informing Great Lakes connectivity decisions: An enhanced online portal for high-resolution barrier data and species-specific benefit analyses

This project will expand our existing online decision-support tool to enable managers and agencies to assess trade-offs of barrier removals throughout the Great Lakes basin. We will inventory road crossings in the Paint River watershed, and create an index of habitat quality for priority fish species. Our website will enable integration of new barrier data, flexible visualization of species-specific habitat loss due to barriers, and customized analysis of optimal barrier removals for a given budget.

Board Decision Year: 2015
University of Wisconson - Center for Limnology (Madison) McIntyre, Peter (pmcintyre@wisc.edu) Active $359,506.44