# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
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

Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) is looking to expand and enhance their programming, which will allow a large audience to experience hands-on watershed education. The GRPM Classroom with a Current will continue to develop as a hub of information related to watershed ecology. In addition, new laboratory-based programming as well as summer camp adventures will explore watershed concepts. By incorporating artifacts and object-based discovery into watershed education the GRPM will provide a local context to Great Lakes watershed themes.

Board Decision Year: 2017
Grand Rapids Public Museum Foundation - Collections & Education (Grand Rapids) Schulz, Gina (gschulz@grmuseum.org) Active $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) Active $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 Cykiert, Margaret (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) 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