HOW 2010 Grant Recipients

Project Title


Applicant:
Joel Brammeier
Alliance for the Great Lakes
17 N. State Street, STE 1390
Chicago, IL 60602
312-939-0838 ext 224
jbrammeier@greatlakes.org
www.greatlakes.org
Priority Area: Chicago Land

Project Title: Lake and Suburban Cook County Ravine Project Identification and Engagement
HOW 2010 Award: $15,000

Project Summary:
The Alliance for the Great Lakes will build municipal partnerships in northeastern Illinois to support a federal funding proposal that creates a ravine improvement prioritization and tracking system. This will lead to the implementation of on-the-ground Lake Michigan ravine restoration projects by allowing landowners to identify and prioritize erosion and water quality impairments and demonstrate improvements over time. This project builds on research previously completed with funding from Illinois DNR that established a baseline data set of ravine erosion problems. This preliminary system has already been used in two on-the-ground ravine restoration proposals recommended for GLRI funding of nearly $1 million in 2010, and support for this work will generate additional on-the-ground projects.


Applicant:
Jennifer Nebe
Save the Dunes Conservation Fund, dba “Save the Dunes”        
444 Barker Road              
Michigan City, Indiana 46360
(219) 879-3564
water@savedunes.org
www.savedunes.org
Priority Area: Chicago Land

Project Title: Indiana Lake Michigan Beaches Sanitary Survey Public Involvement and Implementation
HOW 2010 Award: $14,588

Project Summary:
Save the Dunes will assess the feasibility of and develop a competitive GLRI proposal to build upon the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)’s “Indiana Lake Michigan Beaches Sanitary Survey” project by facilitating public involvement, implementing practices and projects identified in this process to address E. coli sources.  To do this, Save the Dunes will meet with stakeholders, including IDEM, USGS, municipalities, and beach managers and users to assess the needs for additional outreach, analysis, and implementation work to ensure that the results of the surveys yield meaningful results toward removing beach closure beneficial use impairments with emphasis on the Grand Calumet River Area of Concern. 


Applicant:
George Thomas
Center for Environmental Information
55 St. Paul Street
Rochester, New York  14604
585-262-2870
gthomas@ceinfo.org
www.ceinfo.org
Priority Area: Eastern Lake Ontario

Project Title:  Pultneyville Watershed Plan Development
HOW 2010 Award: $15,000

Project Summary:
Residents, visitors, fisherman and boaters who use the Pultneyville Harbor cannot access that resource to the extent they want due in part to eutrophication and e-coli contamination.  The Center for Environmental Information will facilitate the initiation of a formal watershed planning and implementation process for the Pultneyville Watershed.  This effort will result in sufficient detail being developed to allow this newly formed watershed group to seek Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding to complete their watershed plan and begin implementation of initial restoration work identified in planning process under this project.


Applicant:
Doug Gorby
Ducks Unlimited, Inc. New York
2436 Cooley Road
Canandaigua, NY 14424
585-683-6764
dgorby@ducks.org
www.ducks.org
Priority Area: Eastern Lake Ontario

Project Title: Fish Habitat Enhancement at Lake Shore Marshes WMA, Eastern Lake Ontario, NY
HOW 2010 Award: $15,000

Project Summary:
Ducks Unlimited will restore hydrologic function, improve fish passage and enhance spawning habitat within two coastal marsh systems in Eastern Lake Ontario.  Dense cattail mats in these marshes, caused in part by man-induced stable water levels, have reduced access by fish to suitable spawning habitat and to adjacent streams and tributaries, reducing utilization and productivity.  Restoration activities will involve creation of open water potholes with diverse emergent vegetation for spawning habitat within the cattail marsh.  The HOW grant will be used to build collaborative partnerships, develop restoration designs and prepare permit applications, thus enhancing the potential for funding under GLRI opportunities.


Applicant:
Lisha Ramsdell
Huron Pines
501 Norway Street
Grayling, MI 49738
989-344-0753 ext. 29
lisha@huronpines.org
www.huronpines.org
Priority Area: Saginaw Bay and Saginaw Watershed

Project Title: Rifle River Watershed Nonpoint Implementation Project
HOW 2010 Award: $15,000

Project Summary:
The Rifle River Watershed Nonpoint Implementation Project is an intensive, action-oriented three year project aimed at achieving on-the-ground results. In order to implement solutions to the highest priority sites within the watershed, additional support is needed to assist Huron Pines and partners in project promotion, educational outreach and helping to engage stakeholders. Support from the HOW program will encourage higher involvement with the project, resulting in more water resource information sharing, higher participation in public meetings and site visits, and the opportunity for more stakeholders to help identify problems and selecting solutions to improve water quality.


Applicant:
Warren Smith
Partnership for the Saginaw Bay Watershed
1817 Center Avenue, P.O. Box 2056
Bay City, MI, 48708
(989) 225-1830
wfesmith@sbcglobal.net
www.epa.gov/greatlakes/aoc/sagrivr.html
Priority Area: Saginaw Bay and Saginaw Watershed

Project Title: Identification of Phragmites Control Sites in Saginaw Bay Coastal Areas
HOW 2010 Award: $15,000

Project Summary:
Dense stands of Phragmites are crowding out native plants, blocking shoreline views, reducing public access, and creating fire hazards in Saginaw Bay coastal areas. The communities in Bay, Arenac, Tuscola, and Huron (BATH) Counties have teamed together to conduct an invasive species control project on public lands. The first step in this project will identify where control of the species would be most cost effective and measureable. The completion of this first step will show progress toward restoring the beneficial use impairments in Saginaw Bay and providing the opportunity for all to more fully enjoy the Bay.


Applicant:
Michael Kelly
The Conservation Fund (a 501c3 corporation)
P.O. Box 731
Bay City, MI / 48707
989-892-9171
kellym@conservationfund.org
www.conservationfund.org / www.saginawbaywin.org
Priority Area: Saginaw Bay and Saginaw Watershed

Project Title:  Getting to the Source: Thermal Imaging to Identify Failing Septic Systems in a High Priority Watershed
HOW 2010 Award: $15,000

Project Summary:
The Kawkawlin River is a direct tributary of the Saginaw Bay Area of Concern and has been identified by the MDNRE as AOC-influencing because of persistent water quality issues that are directly affecting both the river itself and Bay.  Since 2005, the Kawkawlin has been closed to body contact for 181 days, with high bacteria levels being cited as the cause.  HOW funding will support an innovative thermal (color infra-red) imaging effort to identify failing septic systems that are thought to be a cause of some of the water quality issues.  This project will support a GLRI application to establish a revolving fund to encourage system repair and replacement where municipal sewer is not available.


Applicant:
Kris Larson
Minnesota Land Trust
2356 University Ave. W. Suite 240
St. Paul, MN. 55114
651.647.9590
krislarson@minnesotalandtrust.org
www.mnland.org
Priority Area: St. Louis Bay and St. Louis River

Project Title: Implementing St. Louis River Habitat Plan Priority Projects
HOW 2010 Award: $15,000

Project Summary:
The St. Louis River Habitat Plan is a component of the St. Louis River Remedial Action Plan (RAP) that outlines targets and projects to restore the ecological integrity and address the Beneficial Use Impairments (BUI) of the lower St. Louis River. Projects within the Habitat Plan support the objectives of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration’s Habitat Conservation and Species Management section. Minnesota Land Trust (MLT) is positioned as the primary NGO partner for implementation of on-the-ground clean-up, restoration and protection projects in the St. Louis River Area of Concern. MLT works in close collaboration with local, state and federal agencies and the St. Louis River Alliance (SLRA) in selecting and developing projects for implementation. With funding from HOW, MLT will increase their capacity support to develop and submit funding proposals to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and Minnesota’s newly-created Outdoor Heritage Fund (OHF) to implement two to three priority restoration and protection projects in the St. Louis Bay Priority Area.


Applicant:
Julene Boe
St. Louis River Alliance (Formerly the St. Louis River Citizens Action Committee)
394 S Lake Ave, Suite 321
Duluth, MN  55802
218-733-9520
jboe@stlouisriver.org
www.stlouisriver.org
Priority Area: St. Louis Bay and St. Louis River

Project Title: St. Louis River AOC Remediation and Restoration Initiative
HOW 2010 Award: $24,976

Project Summary:
Funding from HOW will provide the St. Louis River Alliance needed capacity assistance that will enable project development for GLRI funding regarding high priority projects within the St Louis River AOC. The two separate projects under this proposal will focus on high priority projects that advance delisting the St Louis River through the remediation of contaminated sediments and habitat restoration. Efforts will focus on developing funding-ready scoping documents detailing recommendations for project design and implementation. The first project will develop detailed recommendations for design and implementation of remediation to restoration projects within the AOC. The second project is habitat restoration for piping plover on Wisconsin Point. Both projects involve facilitating partnerships between federal, tribal, state and local agencies.


Applicant:
Kristina Patterson
Partners For Clean Streams, Inc.
P.O. Box 203
Perrysburg, OH 43552
419.205.5588    
Executive.Director@PartnersForCleanStreams.org
www.PartnersForCleanStreams.org
Priority Area: Western Lake Erie

Project Title: Step-by-Step Support for Permit Applications for GLRI Wetlands Project
HOW 2010 Award: $15,000

Project Summary:
Partners for Clean Streams, the Maumee RAP’s non-profit, will restore at least 10 acres of wetland, 30 acres of upland habitat and 1200 linear feet of streambank along the Ottawa River, at a 157 acre Boy Scout Camp in the Oak Openings Region, directly improving Lake Erie’s Western Basin. PCS was invited by US EPA to submit a full proposal for this restoration. PCS would use the funding from HOW to allow them to hire an experienced consultant to guide us through the process of writing and submitting federal and state permit applications, moving their GLRI project closer to implementation.


Applicant:
Joe Draper
The Nature Conservancy
1220 N. 200 W., Ste. H
Angola, Indiana, 46703
(260) 665-9141
jdraper@tnc.org
www.Nature.org/Indiana
Priority Area: Western Lake Erie

Project Title:  Addressing Altered Hydrology in the Western Lake Erie Basin
How 2010 Award: $15,000

Project Summary:
Throughout the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB), issues with water quality and water quantity are regular occurrences.  From flooded basements in Findlay, OH to algal blooms in Maumee Bay, water is of critical importance and concern in this Basin.  HOW funding will compliment assembled grant proposals that focus not only on water quality but also water quantity issues.  With the use of a practice called the two-stage ditch, water quality and quantity will show improvements, as well as aquatic habitats.  The proposed GLRI project would construct eight segments of TWO-STAGE DITCH within the Maumee watershed.  This project would reduce the amount of SEDIMENT reaching Lake Erie by an estimated 1.2 million pounds per year, as well as reducing NUTRIENTS.  All reductions will be monitored by the University of Notre Dame.  This helps to meet numerous goals established by the Environmental Protection Agency and other groups.  The project will also establish and promote this technology in the watershed, and seek to provide additional funding sources for further TWO-STAGE construction. 


Applicant:
Sandy Bihn
Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper Association
6565 Bayshore Road
Oregon, OH 43616
419 691-3788
sandylakeerie@aol.com
http://www.westernlakeerie.org/about.html
Priority Area: Western Lake Erie

Project Title: Public Outreach & Early Detection of Invasive Species in the Toledo Shipping Channel Area of Western Lake Erie
HOW 2010 Award: $15,000
Project Summary:
This Early Detection Invasive Species pilot project is in the Great Lake’s ‘canary in the coal mine’ fishiest waters, Toledo Harbor & western Lake Erie.  HOW funding will be used to raise public awareness and hands-on participation in invasive species research.  Funding will be used to pilot a project to detect invasive species that will lead to a proposal for GLRI goal I.B.3. to contrast, test, validate, and improve EPA-ORD Early Detection methods developed in Duluth Harbor.  Researchers and WLEWA volunteers from the community will use ponar grab, trawls, and other methods to collect samples for microscopic and DNA analysis, followed by informative meetings to discuss implications of results for Great Lakes.

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