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Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Grant Program

April 16, 2007
 
The Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Grant Program partners announce funding for 22 projects across the Great Lakes Basin. Thirty-eight proposals were submitted in response to a September 1, 2006, Request for Proposals coordinated by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) with funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes National Program Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, and Natural Resources Conservation Service. Funding includes $1.1 million in federal dollars from the five federal agencies and nonfederal contributions of more than $1.9 million. The grant funds will be used to develop and implement local watershed plans that address water quality and living resources in Great Lakes watersheds, help restore critical sand dune, wetland, forest, and stream habitats for fish and wildlife, and control invasive plant species.

Pending Project Abstracts

Project Title:   Green River Dam Fish Passage (MI)      

Grantee:           Conservation Resource Alliance
 
            Foundation Federal Funds (NRCS):                                         $50,000
            Matching Funds:                                                                    $150,000     
           
            Total Project Costs:                                                               $200,000
 
Project Area:    Mancelona, Michigan
 
The Conservation Resource Alliance will install a step pool fish passage structure to open up fish spawning habitat on more than five miles of the Green River.  Removal of this barrier will allow for migration of fishes from Lake Michigan into the tributaries as well as eliminate population fragmentation of the resident species.  The Green River is an important cold water tributary to the Jordan River, one of Michigan’s premier trout streams and a state designated Natural River.  Partners in the effort include Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and four additional nonprofits. 
 
The Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Grants Program provides grants to support innovative, community‑based conservation projects in the areas of wildlife habitat restoration and watershed and habitat planning and assessment.  Collectively, these projects help achieve the goals of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration to restore the health and resources of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Project Title:   Lake Ontario Basin Stream Barrier Assessment

Grantee:  New York Rivers United
 
            Foundation Federal Funds (EPA):                                            $30,000
            Matching Funds:                                                                      $40,000     
           
            Total Project Costs:                                                                 $70,000
 
Project Area:    Oswego County, NY
 
New York Rivers United, in conjunction with federal and state agency partners will locate, evaluate, and document barriers to fish passage on the Little Salmon River, a tributary to the Salmon River and Lake Ontario.  These barriers will be assessed and prioritized for potential removal.  In addition, dam owners and communities will be educated about options for removal of unwanted or abandoned dams as well as the potential ecological and community benefits of fish passage and improved riparian zones. 
 
The Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Grants Program provides grants to support innovative, community‑based conservation projects in the areas of wildlife habitat restoration and watershed and habitat planning and assessment.  Collectively, these projects help achieve the goals of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration to restore the health and resources of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Project Title:   Upper Black River Restoration (MI)

Grantee:  Huron Pines RC&D              
 
            Foundation Federal Funds (EPA):                                            $38,000
            Matching Funds:                                                                      $38,000     
           
            Total Project Costs:                                                                 $76,000
 
Project Area:    Tower, Michigan
 
Huron Pines will use bioengineering techniques to stabilize and restore eroding banks and reduce sedimentation at key sites on the Black River.  The Black River provides critical cold-water, spanning habitat for the state-threatened Lake Sturgeon and banks in this stretch of the river have been compromised by foot traffic from the public interested in viewing the Lake Sturgeon during the spawning.  In addition to the restoration effort, the project will include a public outreach component to educate the public on the importance of this spawning habitat to the Sturgeon. 
 
The Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Grants Program provides grants to support innovative, community‑based conservation projects in the areas of wildlife habitat restoration and watershed and habitat planning and assessment.  Collectively, these projects help achieve the goals of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration to restore the health and resources of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Project Title:   North Park Village Wetlands Restoration

Grantee:  The Nature Conservancy                  
 
            Foundation Federal Funds (FWS):                                           $35,000
            Matching Funds:                                                                      $42,800     
           
            Total Project Costs:                                                                 $77,800
 
Project Area: Chicago, Illinois
 
The Chicago Park District, in conjunction with local partners, will restore and enhance nearly 20 acres of wetland and upland in the North Park Village Nature Center.  The project will involve manual removal of European buckthorn and other invasive species and re-vegetation with nature wetland and upland plants.  In addition, the site will be used for education programming for school and other community groups. 
 
The Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Grants Program provides grants to support innovative, community‑based conservation projects in the areas of wildlife habitat restoration and watershed and habitat planning and assessment.  Collectively, these projects help achieve the goals of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration to restore the health and resources of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Project Title:   Lower West Creek Stream Restoration

Grantee:  West Creek Preservation Committee
 
            Foundation Federal Funds (EPA):                                            $73,000
            Matching Funds:                                                                    $150,000     
           
            Total Project Costs:                                                               $223,000
 
Project Area: Cuyahoga County, Ohio 
 
The West Creek Preservation Committee with work to improve fish habitat on the stream by eliminating a barrier to fish migration and creating a step-pool cascade that will enhance fish and macro invertebrate habitat.  The project will also involve bioengineering for stream bank stabilization that will enhance riparian habitat by reducing erosion and sedimentation. 
 
The Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Grants Program provides grants to support innovative, community‑based conservation projects in the areas of wildlife habitat restoration and watershed and habitat planning and assessment.  Collectively, these projects help achieve the goals of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration to restore the health and resources of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Project Title:   Outreach Video on Terrestrial Invasive Species

Grantee: Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission
 
            Foundation Federal Funds (EPA):                                            $15,000
            Matching Funds:                                                                      $60,000     
           
            Total Project Costs:                                                                 $75,000
 
Project Area:    Great Lakes Basin

The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, in conjunction with a private production company, will develop, publicize and broadcast a half-hour documentary on the spread of terrestrial invasive species in the Great Lakes basin.  The documentary will discuss the effects of terrestrial invasives on the upland systems of the Great Lakes as well as educate viewers about what they can do to limit the spread of these species.  In addition to the documentary, a web site and a series of radio spots will also be developed. 
 
The Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Grants Program provides grants to support innovative, community‑based conservation projects in the areas of wildlife habitat restoration and watershed and habitat planning and assessment.  Collectively, these projects help achieve the goals of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration to restore the health and resources of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Project Title:   Ford River Streambank Stabilization Project

Grantee:  Delta Conservation District
 
            Foundation Federal Funds (NRCS):                                         $50,000
            Matching Funds:                                                                    $150,000     
           
            Total Project Costs:                                                               $200,000
 
Project Area:  Ford River, Michigan

The Delta Conservation District, in conjunction with several local partners, will develop a streambank stabilization project to restore habitat along 1,375 feet of Ford River.  The project will utilize bioengineering techniques to stabilize eroding banks and reduce the sediment load carried by the river to Lake Michigan.  The project is estimated to reduce soil erosion by 1,100 tons annually into the Lake.    
 
The Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Grants Program provides grants to support innovative, community‑based conservation projects in the areas of wildlife habitat restoration and watershed and habitat planning and assessment.  Collectively, these projects help achieve the goals of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration to restore the health and resources of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Project Title:   Rouge Green Corridor Habitat Restoration

Grantee:  Oakland Land Conservancy     
 
            Foundation Federal Funds (EPA):                                            $64,800
            Matching Funds:                                                                    $140,900     
           
            Total Project Costs:                                                               $204,700
 
Project Area:    Southeast Michigan
 
The Oakland Land Conservancy will work with partners to prepare a plan to manage habitat along a stretch of the Rouge River.  This plan will utilize opportunities to develop “green” infrastructure to enhance fish and wildlife resources in this relatively urban, intact corridor.  In addition, the project will develop and implement four demonstration restoration projects that will serve as a vehicle for public involvement and education as well as habitat enhancement.  Finally, the Conservancy will reach out to private landowners in the project area through an educational workshop on private land management. 
 
The Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Grants Program provides grants to support innovative, community‑based conservation projects in the areas of wildlife habitat restoration and watershed and habitat planning and assessment.  Collectively, these projects help achieve the goals of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration to restore the health and resources of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Project Title:   Calumet is My Back Yard

Grantee:  BOLD Chicago Institute
 
            Foundation Federal Funds (FWS):                                           $36,350
            Matching Funds:                                                                      $36,350     
           
            Total Project Costs:                                                                 $72,700
 
Project Area:    Chicago, Illinois
 
BOLD Chicago Institute will work with high school students on Chicago’s Southeast side to engage them in a service learning project focused on biodiversity, invasive species, and ecological restoration in the Lake Michigan watershed.  The program pairs an environmental classroom curriculum with hands-on education at four sites along Lake Calumet.  In total the project will engage more than 150 students at five high schools in the Calumet watershed.  These students, along with their teachers will remove invasive species and restore native plant communities on more than 30 acres of protected land and develop an on-going water quality testing program as well as a habitat monitoring protocol. 
 
The Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Grants Program provides grants to support innovative, community‑based conservation projects in the areas of wildlife habitat restoration and watershed and habitat planning and assessment.  Collectively, these projects help achieve the goals of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration to restore the health and resources of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Project Title:   St. Louis River Sturgeon Habitat Restoration

Grantee:   The Nature Conservancy
 
            Foundation Federal Funds (EPA--$62k/FWS--$10k):             $73,000
            Matching Funds:                                                                      $87,000     
           
            Total Project Costs:                                                               $160,000
 
Project Area:    Duluth, Minnesota
 
The Nature Conservancy, along with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, will improve spanning habitat for the Lake Sturgeon within the historic spanning grounds of the St. Louis River estuary.  The project will improve channel configuration, quality and quantity of suitable spawning substrate immediate downstream of the Fond du Lac dam.  In totally more than 8800 square feet of river channel will be enhanced to providing high quality spawning habitat over a much wider range of flow conditions than currently exists. 
 
The Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Grants Program provides grants to support innovative, community‑based conservation projects in the areas of wildlife habitat restoration and watershed and habitat planning and assessment.  Collectively, these projects help achieve the goals of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration to restore the health and resources of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Project Title:   Kinnickinnic River Watershed Improvement

Grantee:   Milwaukee Community Service Corps
 
            Foundation Federal Funds (EPA):                                            $19,800
            Matching Funds:                                                                      $93,000     
           
            Total Project Costs:                                                               $112,800
 
Project Area:    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Milwaukee Community Service Corps will work with partners to promote voluntary land use practices that reduce non-point source pollution and improve water quality in the Kinnickinnic and down stream in Lake Michigan.  The project will use several techniques including rain gardens, downspout disconnection and rain barrels to demonstrate the benefits of improved stormwater management.  In addition, the Corps will conduct community trainings to introduce these techniques to individuals and business in the target area. 
 
The Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Grants Program provides grants to support innovative, community‑based conservation projects in the areas of wildlife habitat restoration and watershed and habitat planning and assessment.  Collectively, these projects help achieve the goals of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration to restore the health and resources of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Project Title:   Suamico/Little Suamico Habitat Restoration

Grantee:   Brown County Land Conservation Department
 
            Foundation Federal Funds (NRCS):                                         $60,500
            Matching Funds:                                                                    $200,000     
           
            Total Project Costs:                                                               $260,500
 
Project Area:    Southwest Michigan
 
The Brown County Land Conservation Department will work with farmers and other landowners enhance spawning habitat for northern pike, a predator fish that resides in Green Bay.  The project will reduce sediment and nutrient loads and improve water quality by establishing vegetated riparian buffers and restoring and enhancing wetland areas in the watershed.  A total of 3.8 miles of buffers will be established including 51 acres of grass buffers and 13 acres of tree buffers and six acres of wetlands restored. 
 
The Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Grants Program provides grants to support innovative, community‑based conservation projects in the areas of wildlife habitat restoration and watershed and habitat planning and assessment.  Collectively, these projects help achieve the goals of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration to restore the health and resources of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Project Title:   Dowagiac River Restoration

Grantee:   Partnership for MEANDRS
 
            Foundation Federal Funds (FWS):                                           $20,000
            Matching Funds:                                                                      $60,000     
           
            Total Project Costs:                                                                 $80,000
 
Project Area:    Cass County, Michigan
 
The Partnership for MEANDRS will restore the historic sinuosity and channel structure to the Dowagiac River by enhancing and restoring 1,600 feet of meandering channel that will significantly enhance cold water habitat.  The project will reconnect the river to its historic floodplain while restoring a 1.4 acre wetlands and significantly enhancing instream habitat by creating a riffle-pool sequence.  Together these features will re-create a natural channel and provide habitat for a variety of coldwater species. 
 
The Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Grants Program provides grants to support innovative, community‑based conservation projects in the areas of wildlife habitat restoration and watershed and habitat planning and assessment.  Collectively, these projects help achieve the goals of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration to restore the health and resources of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Project Title:   River Raisin Watershed Restoration Initiative

Grantee:   River Raisin Institute
 
            Foundation Federal Funds (EPA):                                            $37,400
            Matching Funds:                                                                      $38,380     
           
            Total Project Costs:                                                                 $75,780
 
Project Area:    Southeast Michigan

The River Raisin Institute, in conjunction with the local school districts, and state and local government, will identify and design 10 small restoration projects that will be implemented in conjunction with local schools to improve fish and wildlife habitat and water quality in the River Raisin watershed.  Projects will include wetlands vegetative and hydrologic restoration, invasive plant removal, and stormwater management techniques.   When all restoration projects are complete, a restoration forum will be organized to share information about each project with the public and bring attention to the environmental restoration needs of the watershed. 
 
The Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Grants Program provides grants to support innovative, community‑based conservation projects in the areas of wildlife habitat restoration and watershed and habitat planning and assessment.  Collectively, these projects help achieve the goals of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration to restore the health and resources of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Project Title:   Frank and Poet Stream Restoration

Grantee:   Friends of the Detroit River
 
            Foundation Federal Funds (FWS):                                           $40,000
            Matching Funds:                                                                      $40,000     
           
            Total Project Costs:                                                                 $80,000
 
Project Area:    Southeast Michigan
 
The Friends of the Detroit River will work to restore habitat along Frank and Poet Creek, a tributary to the Detroit River.  The project is designed to convert an area of turf grass into an upland prairie buffer and restore emergent wetlands in the stream course.  The project will also restore and enhance instream fish habitat.  The site was chosen for its visibility and potential to educate the public as the importance of such habitat restoration efforts.  In total the project will restore more than 38,400 square feet of urban stream bed and buffer. 
 
The Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Grants Program provides grants to support innovative, community‑based conservation projects in the areas of wildlife habitat restoration and watershed and habitat planning and assessment.  Collectively, these projects help achieve the goals of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration to restore the health and resources of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Project Title:   Great Lakes Coastal and Wetland Restoration

Grantee:   The Nature Conservancy
 
            Foundation Federal Funds (FWS):                                           $75,000
            Matching Funds:                                                                      $93,700     
           
            Total Project Costs:                                                               $168,700
 
Project Area:    Southern Lake Michigan
 
The Nature Conservancy, in conjunction with state and federal agencies and other non profits organizations, will identify the specific attributes of migratory bird stopover sites in Southern Lake Michigan.  This project will produce a comprehensive, spatially-explicit map of stopover sties for different bird groups (raptors, shorebirds, waterfowl, landbirds).  These maps will serve as the basis for implementing conservation strategies and protecting land deemed important to migratory birds.  The maps will be used by The Nature Conservancy and other partners to implement strategies to address land protection and remediation of these sites. 
 
The Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Grants Program provides grants to support innovative, community‑based conservation projects in the areas of wildlife habitat restoration and watershed and habitat planning and assessment.  Collectively, these projects help achieve the goals of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration to restore the health and resources of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

 Project Title:   Thumbs Up! Restoration

Grantee:   Michigan Nature Association
 
            Foundation Federal Funds (FWS):                                           $35,000
            Matching Funds:                                                                      $79,500     
           
            Total Project Costs:                                                               $114,500
 
Project Area:    Huron County, Michigan
 
The Michigan Nature Association will conduct a series of research projects that will enhance critical habitat along the Lake Huron shoreline for native lakeplain species including the rare prairie fringed orchid.  This effort will involve direct invasive species control as well as management techniques such as fire to enhance and restore the vegetative community on three protected areas that together encompass more than one mile of undeveloped shoreline on Lake Huron.  The responses to each of the management techniques will be tracked and the resulting research will contribute to the native plan management in the region. 
 
The Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Grants Program provides grants to support innovative, community‑based conservation projects in the areas of wildlife habitat restoration and watershed and habitat planning and assessment.  Collectively, these projects help achieve the goals of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration to restore the health and resources of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Project Title:   Great Lakes, Clean Boats

Grantee:   Isaac Walton League of America
 
            Foundation Federal Funds (FWS):                                           $40,000
            Matching Funds:                                                                      $41,850     
           
            Total Project Costs:                                                                 $81,850
 
Project Area:    Great Lakes Basin
 
The Isaac Walton League will engage recreational boaters and anglers in stopping the spread of destructive aquatic, invasive species through a series of print ads and in-store displays that will demonstrate the need to protect our waterways from aquatic invaders.  In addition, the outreach effort will include a web-based contest that will further educate participants about how to properly clean boats.  Finally, the effort will include a series of articles by outdoor writers in local newspapers and other publications.  In total, the outreach effort will aim to reach more than one million recreational users of the Great Lakes. 
 
The Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Grants Program provides grants to support innovative, community‑based conservation projects in the areas of wildlife habitat restoration and watershed and habitat planning and assessment.  Collectively, these projects help achieve the goals of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration to restore the health and resources of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Project Title:   Conneaut Creek Watershed Plan

Grantee:   Lake Erie Regional Conservancy
 
            Foundation Federal Funds (EPA):                                            $50,000
            Matching Funds:                                                                      $50,000     
           
            Total Project Costs:                                                               $100,000
 
Project Area:    Erie County, Pennsylvania
 
The Lake Erie Regional Conservancy will work with local stakeholders to develop a conservation plan for the Conneaut Creek Watershed emphasizing fish and wildlife resources and open space protection.  The plan will include priorities for land acquisition as well as a long term management plan for protection of natural areas identified through the planning process.  The process will include inventories of rare species, significant plant communities, and unique natural areas.  The final plan will also include ownership information about priorities sites identified through the effort. 
 
The Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Grants Program provides grants to support innovative, community‑based conservation projects in the areas of wildlife habitat restoration and watershed and habitat planning and assessment.  Collectively, these projects help achieve the goals of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration to restore the health and resources of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Project Title:   Northeast Ohio Habitat Restoration

Grantee:   The Nature Conservancy
 
            Foundation Federal Funds (NRCS--$50k/FWS--$8k):           $58,000
            Matching Funds:                                                                 $120,000     
           
            Total Project Costs:                                                            $178,000
 
Project Area:    Northeast, Ohio

The Nature Conservancy will remove and control invasive species in 75 acres of wetlands and uplands in the Lake Erie watershed.  Invasive species have spread rapidly and represent a major management challenge and threat to the quality of native plan communities in the Great Lakes.  This effort will use approve herbicides to control and remove reed canary grass, phragmities, gloss buckthorn, narrow-leaved cattail and hybrid cattail.  Control of these species is critical to the survival of globally rare plant communities in the region. 

The Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Grants Program provides grants to support innovative, community‑based conservation projects in the areas of wildlife habitat restoration and watershed and habitat planning and assessment.  Collectively, these projects help achieve the goals of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration to restore the health and resources of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Project Title:   March Monitoring Program

Grantee:   Bird Studies Canada
 
            Foundation Federal Funds (NOAA--$70k/EPA--$30k):       $100,000
            Matching Funds:                                                                $100,000     
           
            Total Project Costs:                                                           $200,000
 
Project Area:    Great Lakes Basin

Bird Studies Canada, in conjunction with several partners, will develop an innovative approach to wetlands monitoring activities within Areas of Concern (AOC) in the Great Lakes.  This project will establish a formal network of trained volunteers in each AOC to address wetland function.  In addition, the project will develop a plan for monitoring and assessment needs identified as AOCs develop targets for beneficial use impairments.  Bird Studies Canada will produce monitoring protocols that are designed to address the information needs associated with specific impairments.  The information collected with then feed directly into the delisting process. 

The Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Grants Program provides grants to support innovative, community‑based conservation projects in the areas of wildlife habitat restoration and watershed and habitat planning and assessment.  Collectively, these projects help achieve the goals of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration to restore the health and resources of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Project Title:   Fish Creek Watershed Restoration and Management

Grantee:   City of Ashland
 
            Foundation Federal Funds (USFS--$50k/NOAA--$30k):         $80,000
            Matching Funds:                                                                  $100,000     
           
            Total Project Costs:                                                             $180,000
 
Project Area:    Ashland County, Wisconsin

The City of Ashland, with a variety of local partners, will develop a restoration and watershed management plan to address the ecological resources of the Fish Creek watershed including Chequamegon Bay, Kakagon Slough and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.  The plan will address the causes of significant increases in water temperature, nonpoint source loading, and turbidity in the Bay over the last 20 years.  Building on other efforts around Lake Superior, this project will develop a strategic plan to reestablish riparian and coastal woodlands and wetlands, enhance aquatic and terrestrial habitat, restore eroding bluffs and stream banks, and establish conservation design guidelines aimed at minimizing the affects of future development in the watershed. 

The Great Lakes Watershed Restoration Grants Program provides grants to support innovative, community‑based conservation projects in the areas of wildlife habitat restoration and watershed and habitat planning and assessment.  Collectively, these projects help achieve the goals of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration to restore the health and resources of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

  


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