2014 Grant Recipients

In 2014, the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition awarded $80,000 in grants to 6 organizations to jump-start restoration projects on the Great Lakes. Grant projects and recipients include:

  

Project Title:Alliance of Rouge Communities 2014 GLRI Grant Program
Applicant: Alliance of Rouge Communities
Priority Area: Huron Erie Corridor
HOW Award: $15,000 Federal Project Support
Project Summary:

The ARC will use funding to continue its success of improving habitat and restoring beneficial uses to the Rouge River through the use of GLRI funding. To date, the ARC has used GLRI funding to create fish passage on the Lower Rouge, restore a seven-acre wetland, create native prairie and grow zones and restore tree canopy lost to the Emerald Ash Borer. The Rouge River is Michigan’s most urban river and a Great Lakes Area of Concern.

 

Project Title: Coastal Wetland Habitat Restoration in Lake Ontario: A Ducks Unlimited Continental Collaboration
Applicant: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Priority Area: Eastern Lake Ontario/Upper St. Lawrence River
HOW Award: $15,000 Federal Project Support
Project Summary:

The collaboration between Ducks Unlimited Inc (DU) and Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) will target habitat restoration initiatives within the US and Canadian Lake Ontario Watersheds. Coastal marshes in Lake Ontario have reduced quality because of dense monotypic stands of cattail that reduce the value of the wetlands for numerous keystone species. The Ducks Unlimited international collaboration will identify critical areas for restoration.  Once sites have been identified, additional funding will be sought to restore open water areas to improve fish spawning and wildlife breeding habitat and diversify native marsh-meadow communities.

 

Project Title: Building Capacity to Support the Little Manitowoc Coastal Wetland Restoration
Applicant: Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership, Inc.
HOW Award: $15,000 Federal Project Support
Project Summary:

The project to restore the Little Manitowoc River, Manitowoc, WI, was initiated in 2012 with a report commissioned by the City of Manitowoc followed in 2013 by a habitat assessment conducted by Stantec, Inc. and water quality assessment by University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc student interns.  LNRP is the fiscal agent for the Little Manitowoc River Partnership and overseeing the project to restore a 38-acre coastal wetland as part of a 230-acre conservancy to improve water quality draining into Lake Michigan. HOW funding will be used to provide support for benchmark data collection, a full topographical analysis, and hydrology assessment, all of which are necessary to get us to “shovel ready” with bid-ready engineering designs.

 

Project Title: Michigan On-The-Ground (OTG) Response to European Frog-bit in Alpena County
Applicant: Michigan United Conservation Clubs
Priority Area: Saginaw Watershed
HOW Award: $5,000 Community Engagement
Project Summary:

On the Ground is a partnership between MUCC and Michigan DNR.  It identifies local habitat restoration needs and connects volunteers to meet those needs.  The DNR launched a response effort to control European frog-bit in Michigan’s Northeastern coastal region and they turned to MUCC to organize volunteers for the on the ground work.  In late summer 2014, On the Ground will work to remove the invasive species at the GLRI-funded Alpena project site.  Ongoing monitoring will determine whether this type of removal is effective and, if successful, other projects will be planned in other affected areas in Michigan.

 

Project Title: Henninger Landfill Restoration Project: Restoring and Enhancing a Critical Riparian Buffer Corridor
Applicant: Western Reserve Land Conservancy
HOW Award: $15,000 Federal Project Support
Project Summary:

Western Reserve Land Conservancy (the “Land Conservancy”) is seeking funding to develop a riparian restoration plan to restore approximately 1,015 linear feet of frontage along Lower Big Creek, a major tributary to the Cuyahoga River. The creek abuts the 25-acre former Henninger Landfill property in Cleveland, Ohio, for which the Land Conservancy has already applied for acquisition funding through the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund. After the property is acquired, the Land Conservancy intends to undertake restoration work along the riparian corridor of Lower Big Creek. The Land Conservancy respectfully requests funding from HOW to hire a consultant with riparian restoration expertise to assess the property and develop a comprehensive restoration plan.

 

Project Title: Protecting and Restoring Habitat from Sedimentation Impacts in the Yellow Dog River
Applicant: Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve (YDWP)
HOW Award: $15,000 Federal Project Support
Project Summary:

Sedimentation is a priority pollutant of concern for water quality in the Yellow Dog River, and a management priority of the watershed steering committee. If unaddressed, excessive sediment could impair fish spawning for the native Brook trout and could disrupt the habitat for aquatic organisms. Preliminary reconnaissance indicates that human-influenced eroding stream banks introduce tons of sediment into the Yellow Dog River each year. One site has arisen as a priority due to extreme sediment load and will be restored. This project also incorporates: GIS erosion assessment, prioritization, and management, to protect and preserve a high quality blue-ribbon trout stream.

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