2013 Grant Recipients

In 2013, the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition awarded $100,000 in grants to 7 organizations to jump-start restoration projects on the Great Lakes. Grant projects and recipients include:


Project Title:Building Green Infrastructure Capacity in the Clinton River Watershed and Lake St. Clair
Applicant: Clinton River Watershed Council
Priority Area: Huron Erie Corridor
HOW Award: $15,000
Project Summary:

Storm water is the greatest pollutant in the Clinton River Watershed.  Without significant advancement in runoff reduction, aquatic habitat will continue to be degraded into the future. Implementation of green infrastructure (GI) for storm water management is moving slowly in southeast Michigan.  This project will coordinate with our WaterTowns initiative to work with local communities to identify barriers to GI implementation, develop preliminary concepts for GI project opportunities, quantify runoff reduction benefits of those projects in high-visibility locations, and identify projects for a future federal grant (i.e., GLRI) implementation project.


Project Title: Support for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Summer and Fall Request for Applications
Applicant: Friends of the Detroit River
Priority Area: Western Lake Erie
HOW Award: $15,000
Project Summary:

The Detroit River AOC PAC recently asked FDR to respond to the to the U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office – Great Lakes Restoration Initiative July 15th 2013 Request for Applications (RFA) in the category of Invasive Species Prevention and Control. This HOW grant would provide funds to cover FDR staff labor and expenses associated with preparation of the application along with the same costs associated with a GLRI RFA anticipated to be released in the fall of 2013. Detailed information is provided in this funding request for the Summer GLRI application. Although categories for the Fall GLRI RFA are unknown, FDR anticipates submitting a habitat restoration project on Belle Isle involving Lake Okonoka to further strengthen previous and proposed work on the island’s east end.


Project Title: Removing Impediments to Fish Passage in the Menomonee River
Applicant: Milwaukee Riverkeeper
HOW Award: $15,000
Project Summary:

Over the past two years, Milwaukee River Keeper have been identifying and mapping any impediments or barriers to fish passage in the Menomonee River and its tributaries, with a long-term goal of allowing fish to swim freely upstream and access spawning habitat.  Now that they have identified and prioritized impediments, they seek funding to develop our GLRI proposal for removing them.  They will also seek opportunities to enhance aquatic habitat by reconnecting floodplains and wetland habitat to streams.


Project Title: St. Louis River Area of Concern Project Support
Applicant: St. Louis River Alliance
Priority Area: St. Louis Bay/St. Louis River
HOW Award: $14,394
Project Summary:

The St. Louis River Alliance (SLRA) seeks support to hire a part time employee for one year to perform administrative tasks that associated with its five-year project to restore piping plover in the St. Louis River AOC funded by the USFWS. The SLRA also seeks support for two outreach tools that will expand its efforts to educate and engage the public to the piping plover project. This will include producing and distributing an e newsletter for one year as well as designing and producing a table top informational display that will be used in outreach events.


Project Title: Exploring Wild Rice Restoration in Saginaw Bay – A Pilot Project
Applicant: The Stewardship Network
Priority Area: Saginaw Bay
HOW Award: $15,000
Project Summary:

Wild Rice historically occurred in and around Saginaw Bay and is a significant coastal wetland type that provided critical habitat for waterfowl species and other wildlife.  It is also culturally and spiritually important to the Anishinaabe people.  Wild rice has significant challenges throughout the Bay, including pressures from climate change, decreasing water levels, and impacts of invasive species. This unique pilot project will begin the process of returning Wild Rice by addressing invasive phragmites.  This project will further leverage this opportunity by educating the public about wild rice and identifying locations for future wild rice restoration.


Project Title: Understanding Habitat Conditions and Populations of Snuffbox Mussels in the Grand River
Applicant: Grand Rapids Whitewater
HOW Award: $18,293.10
Project Summary:

The Grand Rapids Restoration project will transform the urbanized reach of the Grand River through Grand Rapids, MI from a uniform channel, with a series of dams over 100 years old, into the dynamic river system it once was. As an initial step to achieve this, GRWW has hired Ecological Specialists, Inc., to investigate the current population and distribution of the endangered freshwater snuffbox mussel (Epioblasma triquetra). This funding will be used to analyze the data recently collected and to complete a comprehensive report that can be used to guide habitat restoration efforts and satisfy permit requirements.


Project Title: Building Bridges: Moving Wetland Restoration Forward with Community Power
Applicant: Kalamazoo Nature Center
HOW Award: $7,312.90
Project Summary:

A 1500 acre wetland restoration funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is nearly complete. HOW funds will be used to examine Floristic Quality Analysis (FQA) data collected to determine restoration impacts and apply toward future restoration work. HOW funds will also be used to cover staff time in securing 2014 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant awards for new restoration work.

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