# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
1162 Evaluating the success of new rock ramp fish passages and prioritization of tributaries for barrier removals in the Saginaw Bay watershed

Construction of fish passages are rapidly becoming the dominant initiatives associated with Great Lakes fishery and ecosystem restoration. Assessment of the success and impacts of these activities on fish is, however, lacking. The project was designed to 1) evaluate the success of a recently built (Shiawassee River) and a pending (Cass River) rock ramp fish passage, 2) prioritize regional rivers for future restoration activities, and (3) quantify changes in the river habitat and fish assemblage composition.

Board Decision Year: 2010
Central Michigan University - Biology (Mt. Pleasant) Galarowicz, Tracy (galar1tl@cmich.edu) Completed $257,430.00
1159 Implementing Great Lakes Restoration

This project improved Great Lakes health by setting up a small grants program in order to implement restoration strategies with the help of local organizations.

Board Decision Year: 2010
National Wildlife Federation - Great Lakes Regional Office (Ann Arbor) Buchsbaum, Andy (buchsbaum@nwf.org) Completed $100,000.00
1158 Inter-laboratory testing for field validation of diagnostic methods to detect and quantify Renibacterium salmoninarum

A lack of standardized methods to detect the salmonid pathogen Renibacterium salmoninarum (Rs) makes comparison of data among Great Lakes (GL) agencies difficult. Laboratory validation of Rs detection methods was recently completed, but field validation studies are needed to assess performance of laboratory-validated (LV) methods among different GL laboratories. The project has two main objectives: 1) training of GL laboratories with LV Rs detection methods and 2) inter-laboratory comparisons of LV Rs detection methods

Board Decision Year: 2010
Western Fisheries Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey - Fish Health Section (Seattle) Elliott, Diane (diane_elliott@usgs.gov) Completed $238,396.00
1152 The role of tributaries and river plumes as nursery areas for yellow perch and round gobies in Lake Michigan

To test hypotheses, researchers (1) collected water samples from river plumes and adjacent nonplume areas in southeastern Lake Michigan to compare their physical, chemical, and biotic conditions; (2) estimated the movement of larval fish from tributaries into Lake Michigan; (3) compared the densities, diets, and growth rates of the three species in different areas; and (4) evaluated the extent to which later-stage fish used tributaries and river plumes as early life habitats.

Board Decision Year: 2010
Purdue University - Dept. of Forestry and Nat. Resources (West Lafayette) Hook, Tomas (thook@purdue.edu) Completed $384,972.00
1147 Emerging Flavobacterium spp. in the Great Lakes Basin: Identification and Assessment of Their Impacts on Fish Health

This study identified flavobacteria associated with fish mortality events and determined the potential routes they use to reach fish propagated in hatcheries. Surprisingly, multiple novel flavobacteria were isolated that were never described before, while others were similar to those reported from remote geographic areas (e.g., Antarctica).Evidence suggests that a few of these novel flavobacteria are vertically transmitted, a matter that requires proper management within hatcheries.Data produced from this GLFT-funded study provides the means to decrease flavobacterial transmission by selecting effective chemotherapeutants and biosecurity practices.

Board Decision Year: 2010
Michigan State University - Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation (East Lansing) Faisal, Mohamed (healthyfish@cvm.msu.edu) Completed $220,674.00
1140 The GRAND Learning Network: Phase II for Continuation of the Mid-Michigan, Grand River Watershed Regional Hub

Board Decision Year: 2010
Michigan State University - Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies (E. Lansing) Dann, Shari L. (sldann@anr.msu.edu) Completed $168,100.12
1137 Great Waters Refresher Institute for Journalists

The Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources (IJNR) offered a "refresher training" program, that expanded the issue-based knowledge of experienced journalists about major ecological and natural resource challenges facing Lake Michigan and the four other Great Lakes.

Board Decision Year: 2010
Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources (Missoula) Allen, Frank (frank.allen@ijnr.org) Completed $17,625.00
1136 Great Lakes Leadership Academy

GLLA prepares diverse groups of leaders to become active, effective stewards of Michigan's natural resources and advocates for strategies that support sustainability.

Board Decision Year: 2010
Michigan State University - Great Lakes Leadership Academy (East Lansing) Pontz, Vicki (pontzv@msu.edu) Completed $100,000.00
1135 Lake Carrier Ballast Water Treatment Installation - Engineering, Design, and Regulatory Review of Lay Berth Outfitting

This project funded the engineering of a biocide treatment system developed specifically for Great Lakes shipping needs on a specific ship with the largest pumping capacities in a timely manner to inform the USCG rulemaking process.

Board Decision Year: 2009
National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation (Houghton) Brady, Carol (selectcb@aol.com) Completed $78,200.00
1134 Explore the Shores: Expanding Recreational Access for All to the Great Lakes Fisheries-Rainbow Bend

Explore the Shores is the implementation of a vital component of Manistee County's visioning process: providing more recreational access to the Great Lakes fishery for people of all ages and abilities. The project was built on four themes: 1) water stewardship; 2) the life cycles of native and non-native migratory fish species; 3) "teach a person to fish;" and 4) the importance of universal access to citizens’ quality of life and economic well-being.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Manistee County Community Foundation (Manistee) Heintzelman, Laura (lheintzelman@manisteefoundation.org) Completed $135,476.00
1133 Explore the Shores: Expanding Recreational Access for All to the Great Lakes Fisheries-Bear Creek

Explore the Shores is the implementation of a vital component of Manistee County's visioning process--providing increased recreational access to the Great Lakes fishery for people of all ages and abilities. The project was built on four themes: 1) water stewardship; 2) the life cycles of native and non-native migratory fish species; 3) "teach a person to fish;" and 4) the importance of universal access to our quality of life and economic well-being.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Manistee County Community Foundation (Manistee) Heintzelman, Laura (lheintzelman@manisteefoundation.org) Completed $122,948.00
1129 Restoring fishery resources in the upper Great Lakes: Enhancing research capacity at Lake Superior State University

LSSU’s Aquatic Research Lab (ARL) has experienced tremendous growth in fisheries research and education over the past decade. However, the facility can no longer meet current demands. This proposal seeks funding to help enhance the ARL’s facilities to address demands for timely fish disease information and fisheries research in the upper Great Lakes. The requested funding is part of a larger project to expand classroom space, outreach, and enhance rearing and analytical testing facilities.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Lake Superior State University (Sault Ste. Marie) Moerke, Ashley (amoerke@lssu.edu) Active $450,000.00
1126 Grand Traverse Regional Hub for Place-Based Education

This Implementation Plan describes the proposed activities for the new Grand Traverse Regional Hub for Place-Based Education as part of the Great Lakes Fishery Trust's Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative. The Implementation Plan incorporates the needs and capacities of a variety of academic and community partners in the region that are eager to incorporate sustained professional development for teachers, school-community partnerships and place-based education into their work…with an ultimate goal of Great Lakes stewardsh

Board Decision Year: 2009
Grand Traverse Conservation District (Traverse City) Masterson-Bzdok, Colleen (cmasterson@gtcd.org) Completed $149,461.00
1124 Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Gateway Fishing Access Facility

The Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC) is requesting financial support to construct a fishing access facility at the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Gateway. Construction documents for this facility were developed through funds awarded by the GLFT in 2008. This proposal seeks funding for the remaining two phases of this project: construction of the fishing access facility and design / construction of a restroom facility adjacent to the new fishing facility.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC) (Detroit) Egelton, Jody (egelton@semcog.org) Completed $600,000.00
1122 Explore the Shores: Expanding Recreational Access for All to the Great Lakes Fisheries-Bar Lake Outlet

Explore the Shores is the implementation of a vital component of Manistee County's visioning process: providing increased recreational access to the Great Lakes fishery for people of all ages and abilities. The project is built on four themes: 1) water stewardship; 2) the life cycles of native and non-native migratory fish species; 3) "teach a person to fish;" and 4) the importance of universal access to our quality of life and economic well-being.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Manistee County Community Foundation (Manistee) Heintzelman, Laura (lheintzelman@manisteefoundation.org) Completed $81,488.00
1114 Great Lakes Environmental News Service

This project developed a plan to expand an environmental news service operated by the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University. Through this effort, the project team  developed and evaluated strategies to garner greater support from Great Lakes funders, and enhance partnerships with news organizations to distribute content. The project team also examined  funding models and structures of other nonprofit news services.

Board Decision Year: 2009
David Poulson - Knight Center for Environmental Journalism (East Lansing) Detjen, James (detjen@msu.edu) Completed $9,939.36
1113 MUCC’s MOOD U: The Science of Great Lakes Fisheries/Aquatic Resources Management

MUCC’s Institute for Conservation Education (ICE) increased awareness and understanding of the biological, economic, and social science supporting natural resources management decisions to ultimately motivate citizens of all ages to move from education to active and dedicated stewardship of Michigan’s natural resources.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Michigan United Conservation Clubs (Lansing) Spray, Amy (atrotter@mucc.org) Completed $90,500.00
1112 Implementing the Flint Area Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative Hub

The Flint Area Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative helped students learn about local community issues. Place-based education was used as the tool to help teachers and students feel more empowered to enact local changes.

Board Decision Year: 2009
The Regents of the University of Michigan - U of M - Flint (Flint) Sanker, Leyla (lsanker@umflint.edu) Completed $222,326.10
1110 Groundswell

This project increased environmental stewardship within the Grand River Watershed in Kent County through education in school settings and community-school partnerships. It worked with community organizations to create a systemic and comprehensive “hub” aimed at promoting and addressing community engagement to further develop environmental stewardship in Kent County.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Grand Valley State University - Center For Educational Partnerships (Grand Rapids) Pelon, Clayton (pelonc@gvsu.edu) Completed $218,988.69
1109 Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative: Implementing a Regional Network's Vision and Strategy to enhance Resource Stewardship and Youth Development through Place-Based Education

This project implemented a regionally developed vision, direction, and strategic plan to establish and launch a regional network of partners and programming in support of place-based or community-based education programming in Northeast Michigan. Programming to serve and support Great Lakes stewardship education and project opportunities with school and community partners in Cheboygan-Otsego-Presque Isle and Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District was also developed.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan - Northeast Michigan (Alpena) Heraghty, Patrick (pheraghty@cfnem.org) Completed $229,692.05
1107 Arcadia Marsh Restoration and Access Project

The purpose of this project was to secure the purchase of 128 acres of the Arcadia Marsh, a Great Lakes coastal emergent wetland, near Arcadia, MI.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy - Land and Stewardship (Traverse City) Sullivan, Chris (csullivan@gtrlc.org) Completed $176,650.00
1104 West Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative

The goal of Muskegon Area ISD Continuation Grant was, 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: 2009
Muskegon Area Intermediate School District - Regional Mathematics and Science Center (Muskegon) Krebs, Dave (dkrebs@muskegonisd.org) Completed $221,069.18
1103 Continuation Proposal for the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative to the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative

This project allowed students and teachers to work with community partners and take environmental action using informed decisions concerning the stewardship of their local watershed.

Board Decision Year: 2009
The Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education - Copper Country Intermediate School District (Hancock) Oppliger, Shawn (shawn@copperisd.org) Completed $188,417.83
1094 Great Lakes Coverage Project

Ongoing support for The Environment Report for their ongoing work to provide information to individuals in Michigan and thoughout the Nation about Great Lakes ecology issues. This grant will provide support for this unique service that combines the distinctive powers of public radio and the internet with a passion and dedication to create a better balance with the natural world.

Board Decision Year: 2009
University of Michigan - The Environment Report (Ann Arbor) Han, Ellen Rinck (erinck@umich.edu) Completed $25,045.00
1093 Next Steps - MRWA Action Plan for the Muskegon River Watershed

This grant was used to increase forest cover in the watershed (identified by previous GLFT-funded research as a priority action to protect the long-term health of the Muskegon River), support educational programming, provide base operating support, and produce a sustainability plan for the organization.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Muskegon River Watershed Assembly - @ Ferris State University (Big Rapids) Noble, Gary (nobleg@ferris.edu) Completed $100,000.00