# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
1744 Grand Traverse Stewardship Initiative

Board Decision Year: 2017
Inland Seas Education Association (Suttons Bay) Nester, Chelsea (cnester@schoolship.org) Active $145,000.00
1741 Reconnecting Coldwater Habitat in Bigelow Creek

Trout Unlimited, Inc. is looking to restore aquatic organism passage and stream function at three road/stream crossings as the first phase of an effort to restore complete connectivity throughout the Bigelow Creek watershed, a critically important coldwater tributary to the Muskegon River. The replacement of these crossings will enhance and provide long-term protection for fish passage and habitat for salmonids and other coldwater species of the Lake Michigan Basin.

Board Decision Year: 2017
Trout Unlimited (Arlington ) Geist, Jeremy (jgeist@tu.org) Active $70,000.00
1738 Boardman River-Dam Removal #3


As part of the largest dam removal effort in Michigan’s history, the third and final dam will be removed on the Boardman River, a state-designated Natural River and Blue Ribbon trout stream emptying into Lake Michigan. The Boardman Dam Removal Project is a signature effort that will reconnect 160 miles of prime fishery habitat by removing three dams and modifying a fourth to block invasives and provide bi-directional selective fish passage to the Great Lakes.

Board Decision Year: 2017
Natural Resources Department - Department of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Peshawbestown) Garavaglia, James (james.garavaglia@gtbindians.com) Active $430,000.00
1726 Inferring tributary-specific production of adult, wild steelhead to the Lake Michigan fishery using otolith chemistry

We will evaluate the source-specific production of steelhead to the Lake Michigan fishery. We have demonstrated that chemical signatures of juvenile steelhead otoliths are sufficiently differentiable among different Lake Michigan tributaries and hatcheries to support accurate natal origin assignment. Here, otoliths of adult steelhead will be collected and analyzed to quantitatively assess the mixing of stocks in the Lake Michigan fishery and identify specific sources most supportive of steelhead production.

Board Decision Year: 2017
Central Michigan University - Department of Biology and Institute for Great Lakes Research (Mount Pleasant) Pangle, Kevin (pangl1k@cmich.edu) Active $157,068.00
1721 A Quantitative, Lake-Wide Assessment of Lake Trout in Lake Michigan

We will improve assessment of trends for lake trout populations and estimates of vital rates in Lake Michigan by fitting age-structured assessment models in southern and western areas of the lake where such assessments are lacking. We will combine results with those from other areas of the lake to provide a lake-wide assessment. Results will be used to develop or improve forecasting models to evaluate consequences of stocking decisions on rehabilitation status and predator-prey balance.

Board Decision Year: 2017
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Clark Jr., Richard (clarkri@msu.edu) Active $236,697.00
1700 Using Genomic Tools to Investigate Adaptive Diversity in Great Lakes Cisco

Historically, cisco was the major forage fish component in the Great Lakes food chain and supported extensive commercial fisheries in multiple Great Lakes. However, anthropogenic impacts have led to massive declines in cisco abundance as well as local and global extirpations of multiple cisco species. We will use genomics to investigate the genetic basis of adaptation in cisco. This research will provide important data that can be used to preserve cisco diversity and inform restoration.

Board Decision Year: 2017
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point - College of Natural Resources (Stevens Point) Larson, Wesley (wes.larson@uwsp.edu) Active $105,000.00
1697 Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council Water Resources Education Programs

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council Water Resources Education Program will build on the success of our experiential learning-based Watershed Academy program by: 1) extending opportunities for 20 Watershed Academy alumni to support their interests in local water resources monitoring and protection programs, and 2) engaging 300 middle school students in a foundation-laying program of watershed experiences focused on local issues and stewardship of water resources.

Board Decision Year: 2017
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (Petoskey) Baker, Elijah (eli@watershedcouncil.org) Active $25,000.00
1694 Classroom with a Current Watershed Laboratory

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) Classroom with a Current program provided an opportunity for thousands of students to experience inquiry-based learning with a focus on Great Lakes Watersheds. Programs were designed to provide information that assisted students in becoming (1) active and effective stewards of the Great Lakes and (2) advocates for strategies that support the long-term sustainability of the Great Lakes fisheries. Programming included Museum based field trip programs, extension of a traveling exhibit and summer camp experiences. 

Board Decision Year: 2017
Grand Rapids Public Museum Foundation - Collections & Education (Grand Rapids) Schulz, Gina (gschulz@grmuseum.org) Completed $59,742.00
1683 North-east Michigan’s Great Lakes fishery heritage: a project to foster awareness of our heritage, share information and data about Great Lakes ecosystems, and enable better stewardship of Great Lakes aquatic ecosystems

GLFT has provided funding to build a comprehensive Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage exhibit unparalleled in Michigan. The exhibit represents NE Michigan’s fishery heritage spanning from pre-Columbian to present; a heritage largely shared by all regions of Michigan. Great Lakes stewardship will be evident in the integration of subsistence, commercial and recreational fisheries with scientific research, ecosystem changes wrought by invasive species, water quality, habitat degradation, and effects of fishery management. Two early fishing/survey vessels will anchor the display.

Board Decision Year: 2017
Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan (Alpena) Witulski, Christine (cwitulski@bessermuseum.org) Completed $10,000.00
1679 Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Gateway Fishing Access Facility

Board Decision Year: 2016
Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC) (Detroit) Egelton, Jody (egelton@semcog.org) Completed $50,000.00
1678 Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Framework

The overall goal of this grant is to work with university centers and agencies to develop a long-term business plan for Great Lakes Aquatic Habitiat Framework that cultivates partnerships with state, federal and provincial agencies and universities and creates a long-term funding and maintenance strategy with the following goals:

• Building greater capacity within resource management agencies and the university

• Developing, maintaining, and serving spatial data needed for management and research in the Great Lakes Region

• Assisting agencies in the use of spatial approaches in research and decision making • Developing a better understanding of the spatial ecology of the Great Lakes Basin.

Board Decision Year: 2016
The Regents of the University of Michigan - School of Natural Resources and Environment (Ann Arbor) Riseng, Catherine (criseng@umich.edu) Active $151,036.00
1677 Making Restoration Investments Count in the Lake Michigan Basin

The Healing Our Waters - Great Lakes (HOW) Coalition is improving the health of the Great Lakes through our Priority Area implementation Program which addresses historic threats to the Great Lakes through on the ground restoration work. The project provides capacity building grants to local and state non-profit organizations, with priority given to Lake Michigan basin sites, to help applicants successfully implement restoration projects through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Board Decision Year: 2016
National Wildlife Federation (Reston) Hill, Jennifer (hillj@nwf.org) Completed $99,997.49
1676 Great Lakes Stewardship to Stop Asian Carp

National Wildlife Federation is looking to develop and launch a strategic education and communications campaign to inform the public about the serious threat Asian carp pose to the Great Lakes and about advancing solutions that lead to the most effective actions to prevent carp from entering the Great Lakes. This is a collaborative effort with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, and other tribal leaders.

Board Decision Year: 2016
National Wildlife Federation - Great Lakes Regional Office (Ann Arbor) Smith, Marc (msmith@nwf.org) Active $200,000.00
1675 Grand Traverse Stewardship Initiative

Board Decision Year: 2016
Inland Seas Education Association (Suttons Bay) Nester, Chelsea (cnester@schoolship.org) Active $72,500.00
1673 Hayes Township Park Camp Sea-Gull Fishing Pier

Hayes Township in Charlevoix County is going to construct a 170' public fishing pier in order to create shoreline fishing access to Lake Charlevoix. The pier will be located in the Hayes Township Park/Camp Sea-Gull which is situated on the north shore of Lake Charlevoix and is centrally located between Boyne City and the City of Charlevoix.

Board Decision Year: 2016
Hayes Township (Charlevoix) Golovich, Marlene (clerk@hayestownshipmi.gov) Active $234,000.00
1667 Black Creek Shore Fishing Access - Lake St. Clair Metropark

The shore-fishing access project at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Macomb County, Michigan will help create additional public shore-fishing opportunities on Black Creek including a universally accessible fishing/observation platform, a cement pathway to the platform, and handicap parking next to the pathway. The project provides access by means of an existing parking lot adjacent to Black Creek. The creek empties into Lake St. Clair and is a popular shore-fishing area for anglers visiting the park.

Board Decision Year: 2016
Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority - Natural Resources (Brighton) Mitchell, Tyler (tyler.mitchell@metroparks.com) Active $58,500.00
1665 Boyne City Public Fishing Pier

The City of Boyne City installed an ADA accessible, public fishing pier in Lake Charlevoix through a public/private partnership. The pier is approximately 190 feet long and located immediately southwest of the mouth of the Boyne River and complimented by existing public restrooms, parks and parking, and a direct connection to the City's downtown. The pier allows anglers of all experience levels and physical abilities to fish safely and conveniently.

Board Decision Year: 2016
City of Boyne City - Planning (Boyne City) Kilkenny, Patrick (pkilkenny@boynecity.com) Completed $47,500.00
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 (mvolch@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 program was a collaboration between Detroit Public Television (DPTV) and the Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition (SEMIS) to develop video content and supporting curriculum on environmental stewardship topics for use by teachers in K-12 classrooms. Spotlight on Stewards was considered a pilot project to test the idea that the communicative power of media and the civic education of young people could be combined to encourage greater stewardship of our state’s natural resources than either could accomplish alone. The following resources and materials were produced as a result of this grant: Spotlight on Stewards PBE curriculum for educators, two videos depicting different examples of PBE through the GLSI's SE MI hub, and guides for each video with additional information and reading material. All of these resources are on the PBS Learning Media website and can be found at https://dptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/cc7ed07e-f538-4fcc-bfdb-feb53a091c49/spotlight-on-stewards-curriculum/#.Wk_sZFWnGM8 

Board Decision Year: 2016
Detroit Educational Television Foundation (Wixom) Sutika, Riley (rsutika@dptv.org) Completed $37,055.03
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) Vogelgesang, Emily (emily@huronpines.org) Completed $89,996.00