# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
1333 Advancing a Great Lakes standard for ballast water discharge

The Great Lakes Commission convened the Great Lakes states and provinces to increase coordination and information-sharing around the status of ballast water management, and consider opportunities for advancing regionally consistent, and regionally protective ballast water standards and policies. This work was conducted through three primary activities: (1) Convening a ballast water task force; (2) Hold a ballast water workshop; and (3) Develop a serries of issue briefing papers.

Board Decision Year: 2013
Great Lakes Commission (Ann Arbor) Eder, Tim (teder@glc.org) Completed $54,079.00
1328 Genetic heritage of naturally produced lake trout in Lake Michigan

Evidence suggests lake trout are successfully reproducing and recruiting at limited levels in Lake Michigan. University of Wisconsin's College of Natural Resources objective was to determine if a subset of lake trout microsatellite markers can reliably delineate strain of origin for the four primary strains of lake trout stocked into Lake Michigan, and determine which strain(s) were the likely parents of naturally produced larvae and juvenile lake trout captured from Lake Michigan from 2003 to present.

Board Decision Year: 2013
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point - College of Natural Resources (Stevens Point) Sloss, Brian (bsloss@uwsp.edu) Completed $102,070.19
1302 Behavior of juvenile lake sturgeon stocked above a hydropower dam

The goal of the project is to stock juvenile lake sturgeon above a pair of hydropower dams and monitor downstream movements and habitat use of stocked juveniles

Board Decision Year: 2013
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Fisheries Division (Marquette) Baker, Ed (bakere1@michigan.gov) Active $472,362.00
1299 Development of rapid tests for fish health in the Great Lakes and Finger lakes

The project developed a rapid thiamine biosensor in fish eggs to improve fisheries management and help understanding causes of thiamine deficiency in Great Lakes ecosystems.

Board Decision Year: 2013
Cornell University - Office of Sponsored Programs (Ithaca) Kraft, Cliff (clifford.kraft@cornell.edu) Completed $279,046.13
1298 Identification of the natal origin of Lake Michigan steelhead using otolith chemistry

The project analyzed the spatial and temporal variation in otolith chemistry of juvenile steelhead associated with different natal tributaries around Lake Michigan to identify the natal-origin of steelhead production

Board Decision Year: 2013
Central Michigan University - Department of Biology and Institute for Great Lakes Research (Mount Pleasant) Pangle, Kevin (pangl1k@cmich.edu) Completed $196,083.82
1293 On-the-Ground and In-the-Water Restoration of the Great Lakes

The project provided capacity-building grants to organizations in eight priority areas across the Great Lakes to help them obtain funds for and successfully implement restoration projects through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Board Decision Year: 2013
National Wildlife Federation - Great Lakes Regional Office (Ann Arbor) Hill, Jennifer (hillj@nwf.org) Completed $100,000.00
1291 Gourmet Gone Wild

Gourmet Gone Wild is a program that connects with urban and suburban constituencies and enhances their interest in and support for hunting and angling by building on their interests in gourmet and local foods. This grant enabled the program to to host events focused on eating locally-sourced fish and game through hands-on fishing and cooking lessons for 1,700 young urban professionals.While reaching out to these young professionals, Gormet Gone Wild was able to raise awareness of the connections between the fish on their plate and where it came from, the Great Lakes.

Board Decision Year: 2013
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Wildlife Division (Lansing) Renton, Taylor (gourmetgonewild@mucc.org) Completed $59,395.60
1289 Great Lakes Leadership Academy Endowment (Challenge Grant)

In alignment with the goals of GLFT’s Great Lakes Stewardship category, the Great Lakes Leadership Academy (GLLA) will prepare a diverse group of leaders to become active, effective stewards of Michigan’s natural resources and advocates for strategies that support sustainability of Great Lakes communities. Participants will learn in non-traditional settings including outdoor experiences and engagement with resource professionals. The GLFT has granted funding to contribute to the GLLA endowment to ensure these leadership development programs continue for future generations.

Board Decision Year: 2013
Michigan State University - Great Lakes Leadership Academy (East Lansing) Pontz, Vicki (pontzv@msu.edu) Completed $100,000.00
1286 Illustrated field guide to the ciscoes of the Laurentian Great Lakes

This project was intended to produce a field guide to the Great Lakes ciscoes that explicitly recognizes inter- and intra-specific variation at the level of the lake basin. Ciscoes are native prey fishes that are difficult to identify to species. The abundance of some populations is changing and some species are the targets of restoration efforts.

Board Decision Year: 2013
Great Lakes Fishery Commission (Ann Arbor) Muir, Andrew (amuir@glfc.org) Completed $18,000.00
1282 Envisioning a Chicago Waterway System for the 21st Century - Phase II

The purpose of the project was to advance physical separation in the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) to prevent the movement of Asian carp and other aquatic invasive species (AIS) between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins. Specific technical analysis was conducted in two key areas:

1. Defining interim protection measures that can be implemented quickly, using existing infrastructure in the CAWS, to reduce the risk of AIS transfer into the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River basin; and

2. Evaluating technical issues associated with the Mid-System Alternative identified in the 2012 report, Restoring the Natural Divide.

Board Decision Year: 2012
Great Lakes Commission (Ann Arbor) Eder, Tim (teder@glc.org) Completed $225,000.00
1280 Great Lakes Reporting Project

Michigan Radio will produce and air public radio news reports; develop multimedia and online resources; hold public forums/discussions; and distribute copies of the media work as teacher resources. With an audience of 495,000 weekly Michigan listeners and approximately 107,000 monthly website users, the project will help to bolster the reach and impact of GLFTs Great Lakes Stewardship program.

Board Decision Year: 2012
University of Michigan - The Environment Report (Ann Arbor) Han, Ellen Rinck (erinck@umich.edu) Completed $35,000.00
1278 Beaver Island Harbor Development Project

The GLFT provided funding to Saint James Township for engineering services to produce feasibility and design studies to develop a shore-based angling site on Paradise Bay on Beaver Island.

 

Board Decision Year: 2012
St. James Township (Beaver Island) Haggard, Bill (jlawn@tds.net) Completed $15,980.00
1277 City of St. Joseph Boat Launch Enhancements

The purpose of the project was to construct a modern fish cleaning station and restrooms at the City Boat Launch. In addition important improvements were made to the ADA parking and picnic areas at the facility. The new fish cleaning facility is the only one of its kind available to the public in the City of St. Joseph.

Board Decision Year: 2012
City of St. Joseph (St. Joseph) Perry, Derek (dperry@sjcity.com) Completed $133,288.13
1275 Belle Isle Access to Fishing - South Pier

The south pier site has existing infrastucture in place and new fish habitat will be created later this year to enhance the fishing in this area (GLRI funded). The approach to the pier from the parking lot, however, does not meet ADA requirements and the pier itself is too high to provide adequate fishing access. To improve access to fishing and the newly created habitat, a lowered deck is proposed to be constructed and a new access approach will be built to connect the parking lot to the pier. Railings will be modified to enhance accessibility for fishing and safety to anglers. An interpretive sign is also part of the project and will include information on the history of fishing in the Detroit River.

Board Decision Year: 2012
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Parks and Recreation Division (Lansing) Lincoln, Matt (lincolnm@michigan.gov) Completed $45,686.98
1270 9-mile Point Project

The goal of the 9-mile Point Project was to significantly increase access for Tribal commercial fishermen in northern Lake Michigan by designing and constructing a boat launch adjacent to the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians commercial fishing zone, on the southwestern shore of Little Traverse Bay. The launch provides safe access and parking for Tribal commercial fishermen and will strengthen the provisions of the 2000 Consent Decree by enhancing harvest, management, and study of commercial fishery resources.

Board Decision Year: 2012
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians - Natural Resources (Harbor Springs) Donner, Kevin (kdonner@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov) Completed $275,816.00
1268 Explore the Shores "Arcadia Lake GrebePark Fishing Access"

The GLFT provided funding to upgrade an existing fishing pier, previously funded in part by the GLFT in 2000, to include the development of a fully accessible restroom facility, walkways to connect the pier, restroom, parking and picnic areas as well as education/interpretive signage with a focus on teaching children how to fish. The project also includes a universally accessible kayak/canoe launch that was funded from project matching dollars. All facilities exceed ADA requirements and is consistent with the mission of Manistee County’s Explore the Shores program to provide superior access to water for people of all ages, needs and abilities.

Board Decision Year: 2012
Alliance for Economic Success (Manistee) Ervin, Tim (tervin26@charter.net) Completed $48,200.00
1267 The Custer Barrier Free Fishing Access on the Pere Marquette River

The Custer Barrier Free Fishing Access project is the first handicap accessible fishing site on the Pere Marquette River and includes two fishing platforms, a restroom, paved driveway and parking area, boardwalk, sidewalk, bench, educational signage, stone steps with stone platform to the river, runoff control, and streambank stabilization efforts. The project was completed by partners of the Pere Marquette River Restoration Committee, in combination with the removal of a defunct sea lamprey barrier on township property. The site is adjacent to Custer Road, a well-traveled road located off of US-10.

Board Decision Year: 2012
Conservation Resource Alliance - Grandview Plaza Building (Traverse City) Balke, Kimberly (kim@rivercare.org) Completed $200,000.00
1262 Coastal Lake Huron Tributary Restoration

Through funding support provided by the GLFT, Huron pines replaced twin 5’ perched culverts with a single-span structure over the Black River that reconnected nearly 18 river miles for aquatic organism passage.

The Black River, located in Alcona County, drains directly to Lake Huron and supports one of the last populations of migratory brook trout in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. In 2007 Huron Pines staff and volunteers from the Alcona-Black River Watershed Coalition inventoried road/stream crossings within the watershed and identified 39 sites. Of those the Sucker Creek Road/Black River site was ranked as the highest property site for restoration because of the severely perched and undersized culverts and high sediment load from the sandy approaches.

Board Decision Year: 2012
Huron Pines (Grayling) Jensen, Brad (brad@huronpines.org) Completed $58,370.11
1261 Reconnecting Lake Huron Fish with Rifle River Tributaries

This project reconnected 12 miles of aquatic habitat and siginficantly reduced sediment loading in the Rifle River watershed through the restoration of four road/stream crossings. Undersized culverts were replaced with appropriately sized and aligned structures at three sites; a timber bridge was used at the forth.

Board Decision Year: 2012
Huron Pines (Grayling) Jensen, Brad (brad@huronpines.org) Completed $116,000.00
1260 Carlton Creek Culvert Removal

The Oceana County Road Commission replaced a perched corrugated metal pipe (CMP) culvert under Arthur Road where it crosses Carlton Creek, in Grant Township, Oceana County. The project team also restored the adjacent stream bank to decrease erosion as part of the effort. The restoration of this waterway restored a fish passage from the North Branch of the White River, upstream to its headwaters in New Era, roughly nine stream miles.

Board Decision Year: 2012
Oceana County Road Commission (Hart) Dutcher, Lisa (lisa_dutcher@hotmail.com) Completed $85,000.00
1257 Elucidating the role of herd immunity in protecting of Lake Michigan fish against the Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Virus (VHSV)

Mohamed Faisal and a team of scientists investigated preventative measures against VHS. The team successfully developed a vaccination regimen that may be used in hatcheries. Experimental data and simulation models demonstrated that hatchery fish can be used to confer protection to wild fish populations against this deadly virus.

GLFT policy enables grantees to hold the release of the final project report while publications are pending. The final progress report will be added at a later date.

Board Decision Year: 2012
Michigan State University - Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation (East Lansing) Faisal, Mohamed (faisal@cvm.msu.edu) Completed $341,844.00
1250 Finding appropriate harvest policies for admixed fisheries to ensure long term population sustainability of native Great Lake fishes

This project explored the consequences of admixed fisheries, which exploit fish from multiple simulatin framework that considers the entire fishery management system, including stock dynamics, data collections, stock assessments, and control rule implementation.

Board Decision Year: 2012
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Brenden, Travis O. (brenden@msu.edu) Completed $151,204.81
1244 Conservation of native fish communities in tributaries to the Great Lakes: Predicting the impacts of contaminants delivered by spawning pacific Salmon

Dominic Chaloner, a research associate professor at the University of Notre Dame, led a team of scientists to assess the extent to which Pacific salmon migrating from the Great Lakes into tributaries during their spawning runs increase contaminant levels in local fish populations. The team focused on mercury and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), given their prevalence in the Great Lakes basin. 

Board Decision Year: 2012
University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame) Chaloner, Dominic (dchalone@nd.edu) Completed $222,115.00
1243 Delivering stream salmonid trend data to facilitate collaborative management of great Lakes and inland fisheries

The project team developed an online tool, the Stream Fish Population Trend Viewer, for sharing information on local and regional trends in abundance, growth, and survival of important fish populations at Michigan Department of Natural Resources Status and Trends Program fixed monitoring sites on Michigan streams.  The tool has two main components, the first of which allows users to see regional patterns of trends in populations.  It consists of a map showing fixed site locations in Michigan, with the sites being color-coded based upon how the most recent survey information compares with the average value at the site since 2002. The second component of the Trend Viewer allows users to view trends as graphs or data tables for these species and parameters at any individual site.  The viewer is available at the following URL:  http://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/fishpop/#

Board Decision Year: 2012
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Marquette Fisheries Research Station (Marquette) Zorn, Troy (zornt@michigan.gov) Completed $43,109.58
1234 Feasibility of using satellite imaging to remotely identify lake trout spawning sites

The Principal Investegators (PIs) adopted imaging techniques used to study green algae to quantify site-specific changes in the abundance of diatoms (cleaned from the substrate at lake trout spawning sites), and then tested whether this method can be used to distinguish between sites used by lake trout for spawning and those not used for spawning.

Board Decision Year: 2012
Great Lakes Fishery Commission (Millersburg) Binder, Thomas (tr.binder@gmail.com) Completed $66,750.00