# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
1514 Tip of the Mitt Watershed Academy

The Watershed Academy engaged and supported students from Northern Michigan high schools in water quality monitoring experiences. Students were provided with tools and knowledge to collect water quality data and assess stream health in the local watershed to foster an attitude of stewardship. Watershed Academy students worked in small groups to become experts and share their findings with classmates, school and community. Data collected at stream sites was entered into a database used to inform and prepare communities to tackle tough management issues such as invasive species management, habitat restoration and water quality in the future.

Board Decision Year: 2015
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (Petoskey) Buchanan, Jennifer (jen@watershedcouncil.org) Completed $39,950.00
1508 Conducting a Condition Assessment of Nearshore Fish Habitat in the Great Lakes Basin

This proposal included the three following tasks: A) Compile and summarize appropriate and available datasets; B) Identify the classification framework to be used and develop fish habitat classification; and C) Conduct Nearshore and Coastal Habitat Condition Assessment. The research team decided to divide the assessment into two parts, a Coastal and a Nearshore Assessment, in part due to the different types of data that were available and in part due to data availability and sharing constraints. The two assessments are conducted on different parts of the coastal and nearshore zones: Coastal includes habitat from 0-3 m deep and the Nearshore extends from 3 to 30 m deep (15 m in Lake Erie). The two teams coordinated throughout the project and identified a broad assessment approach that both teams followed (Fig. 1); however, due to different spatial scales and data types, the teams used zone-specific analytical approaches and fish metrics. In general, we also agreed that abundance data were preferred if possible. 

Board Decision Year: 2014
The Regents of the University of Michigan - School of Natural Resources and Environment (Ann Arbor) Riseng, Catherine (criseng@umich.edu) Completed $216,603.07
1501 Growing and Sustaining Great Lakes Restoration Successes

The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes (HOW) Coalition is improving the health of the Great Lakes through their project “Growing and Sustaining Great Lakes Restoration Successes” which addresses historic threats to the Lakes through on the ground restoration work. The project will provide capacity building grants to local and state non-profit organizations in eight priority areas across the Great Lakes region to help them successfully implement restoration projects through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)

Board Decision Year: 2014
National Wildlife Federation - Great Lakes Regional Office (Ann Arbor) Hill, Jennifer (hillj@nwf.org) Completed $99,999.60
1500 Restoring the Natural Divide: Technical Support to Develop a Long-Term Solution for Preventing the Movement of Aquatic Invasive Species in the Chicago Area Waterway System

The project will support the Chicago Area Waterway System Advisory Committee in evaluating technical issues necessary to reach consensus on a long-term solution for preventing the movement of Asian carp and other aquatic invasive species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. The committee is working to reach consensus on a solution to this challenge and requires support from technical experts to evaluate issues related to water quality, flooding, transportation and AIS risk reduction. 

Board Decision Year: 2014
Great Lakes Commission (Ann Arbor) Doss, Matt (mdoss@glc.org) Active $250,000.00
1498 Student 2 Steward

The Goundswell Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative Hub developed and implemented a web-based application to guide and assist educators through the process of high-quality place-based education knowledge acquisition. The application, Student 2 Steward is located at www.student2steward.com.

Board Decision Year: 2014
Grand Valley State University - Center For Educational Partnerships (Grand Rapids) Clift, Forrest (cliftf@gvsu.edu) Completed $71,441.00
1497 Stream and Wetland Restoration in Ulao Creek – Milwaukee Estuary AOC

Ozaukee County completed a large-scale habitat restoration project on Ulao Creek, which is a tributary to the Milwaukee River. The project team restored multiple stream reaches for maximum ecological productivity by remeandering 1,769 feet of stream channel, reconnecting 140 acres of 100 year floodplains and 14.3 acres of wetlands, as well as installing fish habitat structures.

Board Decision Year: 2014
Ozaukee County - Planning and Parks Department (Port Washington) Aho, Matt (maho@co.ozaukee.wi.us) Completed $154,923.00
1490 Pucker Street Dam Removal

This project will remove the Pucker Street dam, the most significant impairment affecting aquatic species connectivity and sediment transport on the Dowagiac River in southwest Michigan. The project will result in improved and safer access for fishing and also reconnect over 159 miles of the Dowagiac River system and 11,000 acres of wetlands to the St. Joseph River. Several fish species will benefit including salmon, steelhead, walleye, smallmouth bass and suckers.

Board Decision Year: 2014
Niles City (Niles) Hamilton, Marcy (hamiltonm@swmpc.org) Active $400,000.00
1488 Advancing Great Lakes Science and Management by Fleet Modernization and Standardization

The GLFT granted the DNR $500,000 dollars to replace the R/V Chinook that operates on Lake Huron. A new vessel will ensure continuation of long-term monitoring efforts, increase vessel efficiency, and improve surveys for inter-lake comparisons. The vessel will collaborate with other state, federal, tribal, and provincial partner agencies on predator and prey fish stock assessments. GLFT partnership with the DNR in this venture will help to ensure the continued health of a muti-species fishery worth an estimated $74 million annually. 

The final report for this project will become available after grant is officially completed in 2017.

Board Decision Year: 2014
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (Lansing) Whelan, Gary (whelang@michigan.gov) Active $500,000.00
1480 2014 Discovering Place GLSI Incentive Grant - Next Generation Strategy

The GLFT has granted funding for a pilot project to support the development of next generation teachers and schools to advance PBE through scholarship, cross-curricular connections, and exploration of best practices for PBE in teacher training (hereby referred to as “the Next Generation strategy”). Through development of instructional techniques and support for handson learning of PBE pedagogy with pre-service teachers, this Innovation grant will support scholarship and research to advance the understanding of what is required to effectively teach students seeking to enter the teaching profession how to enact practices that are consistent with the principles of PBE. In addition, the project will advance the Hub’s goal of deepening teacher engagement and expanding teacher participation in PBE projects within school buildings currently participating in the Discovering Place (DP) hub. Finally, because the outcome is to encourage the next generation of teachers to value PBE and to develop the skills and dispositions requisite for PBE, the project will align with the 2017 GLSI goals of making PBE a central instructional strategy that is rigorous and developing, and would support long-term sustainability of PBE pedagogy. 

Board Decision Year: 2014
The Regents of the University of Michigan - U of M - Flint (Flint) Sanker, Leyla (lsanker@umflint.edu) Completed $15,922.00
1476 2014 Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition GLSI Incentive Grant

The Michigan Place-Based Leadership Network (MPBLN) project will support educational leaders who value the principles of Place-Based Education (PBE). Current policy and practice environments make it challenging for leaders, especially those that serve students in poverty, to create and sustain educational environments that support PBE. Leaders face significant time constraints for the planning and reflection needed to implement PBE projects. Additionally they are often isolated and have limited opportunities to share knowledge and resources with each other. The proposed leadership network (MPBLN) supports a real need of leaders that are committed to helping their students become stewards of their environment.

Board Decision Year: 2014
Eastern Michigan University - Office of Research Development (Ypsilanti) Lowenstein, Ethan (ethan.lowenstein@emich.edu) Completed $47,838.00
1472 Boardman River - Dam Removal #2

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

Board Decision Year: 2014
Conservation Resource Alliance - Grandview Plaza Building (Traverse City) Beyer, Amy (amy@rivercare.org) Completed $400,000.00
1471 Restoring the Great Lakes: One Project at a Time

The goal of the 125 member Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes (HOW) Coalition is to improve the health of the Great Lakes by addressing historic threats and preparing for new challenges. HOW’s “Restoring the Great Lakes: One Project at a Time” project will provide capacity building grants to local and state non-profit organizations in eight priority areas across the Great Lakes region to help them successfully implement restoration projects through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

Board Decision Year: 2014
National Wildlife Federation - Great Lakes Regional Office (Ann Arbor) Hill, Jennifer (hillj@nwf.org) Completed $99,998.46
1456 Yellow perch stock assessment in drowned river mouth lakes and nearshore Lake Michigan

Yellow perch stocks have not been assessed across the full range of habitats accessible from Lake Michigan, in particular drowned river mouth (DRM) lakes. We will use genetic and otolith isotopic analyses to delineate stock structure among nine DRM lakes and four nearshore Lake Michigan sites. We will also investigate the stock identity of suspected migratory yellow perch, which potentially represent a unique life history type, that move between Lake Michigan and DRM lakes.

Board Decision Year: 2014
Grand Valley State University - Annis Water Resources Institute (Muskegon) Ruetz, Carl (ruetzc@gvsu.edu) Active $196,310.00
1455 Re-Emergence of Epizootic Epitheliotropic Disease Virus: Potential Effects & Development of Improved Diagnostics and Control Measures

The Epizootic Epitheliotopic Disease Virus (EEDV) is a serious infection that can impede the Lake Trout Rehabilitation Program in the Great Lakes. Since information on EEDV is vastly lacking, the study will unravel important aspects of EEDV pathology such as the disease course, latency, and host immune responses. The newly generated information will lead to the development of improved diagnostic tools and the development of novel control strategies.

Board Decision Year: 2014
Michigan State University - Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation (East Lansing) Faisal, Mohamed (healthyfish@cvm.msu.edu) Active $361,150.00
1446 Quantifying differences in otolith chemistry of Chinook salmon in Lake Michigan to determine natal origins

Michigan State University's Department of Fisheries and Wildlife will analyze otoliths from juvenile Chinook salmon collected in major tributaries of lakes Michigan and Huron to test for and identify unique chemical signatures from each source. They will use this information to develop a statistical model for predicting the natal source of any Chinook salmon collected in Lake Michigan, including those originating from Lake Huron. They will test the model by applying it to adults of known origin.

Board Decision Year: 2014
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Clark Jr., Richard (clarkri@msu.edu) Completed $246,635.66
1420 Classroom With A Current

The Classroom with a Current Project engaged and supported a team of local high school students to design concepts for a new experiential watershed education exhibit or facility at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. The students’ concepts will inform a major museum redesign of existing natural history and interpretive exhibits to provide more comprehensive watershed and fisheries education opportunities for the West Michigan community to increase awareness, understanding and advocacy of the Great Lakes.

Board Decision Year: 2014
Grand Rapids Public Museum Foundation - Collections & Education (Grand Rapids) Schulz, Gina (gschulz@grmuseum.org) Completed $49,200.00
1413 Determine Optimal Environmental Temperature and Growth for Cultured Juvenile Lake Sturgeon to Benefit Restoration

The project will determine the optimal environmental temperatures for juvenile lake sturgeon to be reared at, as well as the growth rate of these fish at 5 different water temperatures, including 3 replicates per water temperature regime. This will allow managers to construct growth models to model production programs, project size at stocking and project feed rates for the overall program and feed rates to feed at varying water temperatures.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Genoa National Fish Hatchery (Genoa ) Aloisi, Doug (doug_aloisi@fws.gov) Declined -
1412 Business Plan for Environmental Education Center

This grant funded the Muskegon Environmental Research & Education Society to develop a business plan for the organization and improvements at the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve, including describing the organization's mission, values, history, and current programming; the community need for the organization and improvements at the preserve; a market and competition analysis; and a strategic, financial, governance, personnel, and development plan for the organization and future programing and improvements.

Board Decision Year: 2014
Muskegon Environmental Research & Education Society (North Muskegon) Brown, Ron (rnbrown227@gmail.com) Completed $9,133.00
1408 Ludington Beach House Exhibits

The Parks and Recreation Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Marketing and Outreach Division and the Michigan Historic Center will construct interactive interpretive exhibits at the newly restored Ludington Beach House for the purposes of inspiring and engaging visitors to get involved with Great Lakes fish conservation and Great Lakes fishing recreation.

Board Decision Year: 2014
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Parks and Recreation Division (Lansing) Lincoln, Matt (lincolnm@michigan.gov) Completed $168,547.00
1397 Peshawbestown Marina Project Fishing Platforms

This grant award will help fund the construction cost of two fishing platforms to be integrated into a new marina complex at Peshawbestown, Leelanau County Michigan. This directly supports GLFT’s goal of increasing tribal and public access to fishing on the Great Lakes (Lake Michigan) and will include the advantages of sufficient parking, walkways and restrooms. This is an active fishing area, with a longtime fishing heritage, and the platforms allow anglers to reach viable deep waters via casts

Board Decision Year: 2013
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Suttons Bay) Harris-Brady, Heather (heather@gfa.tc) Active $75,000.00
1375 Holland Channel Accessibility and Amenities

This project improved angler access at Holland State Park by removing physical barriers and paving a walkway along the channel between Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan.

Board Decision Year: 2013
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Parks and Recreation Division (Lansing) Lincoln, Matt (lincolnm@michigan.gov) Completed $200,000.00
1374 Traverse City Pier

The grant was used to complete the design, preliminary engineering, studies and construction drawings and details to build an approx. 550 foot, universally accessible fishing pier at the mouth of the Boardman River on Grand Traverse Bay. The pier will provide unique, outstanding access for people of all ages, needs and abilities to fish for migratory and other species, and to learn about the Great Lakes, the importance of stewardship and the value, challenges and opportunities involving the fishery.

Board Decision Year: 2013
City of Traverse City (Traverse City) Soyring, Russ (rsoyring@traversecitymi.gov) Completed $232,000.00
1370 Epoufette Harbor development

The Sault Tribe will develop a tribal fishing access and mooring facility on the north shore of Lake Michigan, near Epoufette, MI. The project will expand and improve a long-existing commercial fishing access and dock facility that is in now in disrepair and unusable for commercial fishing vessels. The project will provide: mooring for large commercial boats; launch capabilities for commercial, enforcement, biological, and recreational vessels; and parking.

Board Decision Year: 2013
Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Sault Ste. Marie) McCoy, Susan (smccoy@saulttribe.net) Active $610,750.00
1362 Upper Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative

The GLFT has awarded funding to The Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) to establish a GLSI Base  Hub.  Becoming a Hub will build on and expand SWP’s successful youth conservation and innovative  environmental  education  programs, thus facilitating establishment of sustainable place-based education  (PBE) in its primary service regions and allowing expansion into the greater SWP mission area

Board Decision Year: 2013
Superior Watershed Partnership (Marquette) Debiak, Abbie (abbie@superiorwatersheds.org) Completed $186,261.00
1361 West Michigan Stewardship Initiative

Muskegon Area ISD Continuation Grant through K-12 Place-Based Education to foster stewardship of Great Lakes, Implement communications plan, and institutionalize place-based education as key research-based instructional method.

Board Decision Year: 2013
Muskegon Area Intermediate School District - Regional Mathematics and Science Center (Muskegon) Krebs, Dave (dkrebs@muskegonisd.org) Completed $143,188.46