2012 Grant Recipients

In 2012, the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition awarded over $92,000 in grants to 7 organizations to jump-start restoration projects on the Great Lakes. Grant projects and recipients include:

 

Project Title: Northern Saginaw Bay Restoration Initiative
Applicant: Huron Pines
Priority Area: Saginaw Bay
HOW Award: $15,000
Project Summary:

The Northern Saginaw Bay Restoration Initiative is a holistic project combining high impact resource improvement projects like fish barrier removal and working closely with private landowners to implement stewardship projects. This work directly benefits the Saginaw Bay Area of Concern (AOC). Huron Pines will coordinate efforts to connect river miles for aquatic passage, improve instream habitat, remove invasive species, reduce sediment inputs to the watershed, and work with a variety of landowners to direct conservation on private lands. This initiative builds on current efforts with partners such as NRCS, DEQ, and EPA to sustain measurable improvement of water quality and wildlife habitat.

 

Project Title: Demonstration of Solids and Nutrient Removal from CSOs
Applicant: H2Opportunites
Priority Area: Western Lake Erie
HOW Award: $5,000
Project Summary:

H2Opps, with Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner, seeks to demonstrate the effectiveness of an innovative treatment device claiming to remove 85% solids and substantial, but undocumented, phosphorous. CSO control efforts have shown some success, but overflows contributing high suspended solids and nutrient loads are still found. The current practices design large facilities that are rarely used to capacity and, when overloaded, have trouble maintaining removal efficiency.  Nutrients, from all sources, have particularly severe impacts on certain Great lake ecosystems – notably western Lake Erie. H2Opps with HOW support will seek EPA GLRI funding to demonstrate technology capable of reducing these loads.

 

Project Title:  Maxwell Creek restoration
Applicant: Center for Environmental Information
Priority Area: Eastern Lake Ontario
HOW Award: $14,985
Project Summary:

Residents, visitors, fisherman and boaters who use the Maxwell Creek cannot access that resource to the extent they want due in part to eutrophication.  Funding of this project will allow the Center for Environmental Initiatives to help establish a Maxwell Creek watershed planning group, complete a characterization of the water quality of Maxwell Creek and a quantification of the sources of phosphorous pollution loads, along with recommendations for remediation.  This effort will result in a watershed restoration plan that will allow this newly formed watershed group to seek Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding to implement restoration projects.

 

Project Title: Wetland Habitat Restoration Braddock Bay WMA, Eastern Lake Ontario, New York
Applicant: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Priority Area: Eastern Lake Ontario
HOW Award: $14,960
Project Summary:

The Braddock Bay WMA wetland habitat restoration project will restore hydrologic function, improve wetland habitat diversity, and reduce invasive cattail within coastal marsh systems in Eastern Lake Ontario.  Dense cattail mats in these marshes, caused in part by man-induced stabilized water levels, have fostered the dominance  of invasive and hybrid cattail species, resulting in reduced interspersion of open water and native vegetative communities ultimately reducing the value of fish and wildlife habitat diversity, utilization and productivity.  Remedial activities will involve restoration of open water potholes and interconnecting channels with diverse emergent vegetation within the cattail marsh.  The HOW grant will be used to perform preliminary field surveys, prepare restoration designs, and prepare permit applications, thus facilitating completion of the project in a timely fashion.

 

Project Title: Identifying Projects and Building Support for Expanded Restoration on Belle Isle, MI
Applicant: Alliance for the Great Lakes
HOW Award: $12,866
Project Summary:

The Alliance has federal funding to restore 72 linear feet of shoreline and coastal wetland—removing 375 tons of non-accumulating debris and planting natives on Belle Isle, MI. Beyond this project—there are an additional 800 feet within the immediate vicinity of the project area suitable for implementation of this type of project. Using HOW funding the Alliance will scope out these projects for potential restoration/naturalization, identify funding sources and develop community  support for further applications for this work. These sites are near a unique offshore aquatic habitat within the Detroit River called Scotts Middle Grounds that provides abundant habitat for adult fish species.

 

Project Title: Determining how to best handle Phosphorus and Pathogens from the Village of Houcktown
Applicant: Blanchard River Watershed Partnership
Priority Area:Western Lake Erie
HOW Award: $15,000
Project Summary:

A feasibility study for the unincorporated village of Houcktown is needed to determine the best method to handle the failing Home Septic Treatment Systems (HSTS) in Houcktown. Phosphorus and pathogen loading from this village into Lye Creek were two impairments identified in the Ohio EPA Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) report. The 10-digit Lye Creek watershed is located in the Upper Blanchard watershed which is focal watershed for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding in 2012. Once the feasibility study is completed, funding can be pursued through other venues to solve the problem.

 

Project Title: Pilot Study to Evaluate Phosphorus in Lake Erie Sediments
Applicant: Lake Erie WATERKEEPER® Inc.
Priority Area: Western Lake Erie
HOW Award: $15,000
Project Summary:

The project team, made up of Lake Erie Waterkeepers (LEW) and their selected consultant, will evaluate phosphorus concentrations in the sediment within a pilot area of the western basin of Lake Erie and conduct a treatability study to determine the options for reducing the bioavailable phosphorus found in the sediment.

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