# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
1798 Reconnecting the North Branch of the Platte River

Reconnecting the North Branch of the Platte River is a comprehensive effort to replace outdated crossings at the prioritized sites of #PLT-P3, P5, P10 on the largest, high quality tributary to the Platte mainstem. Partners have completed site surveys and are well underway with design, proposing to build a timber bridge, bottomless arch and recessed culvert to ensure natural channel conditions and provide passage for all aquatic species at all life stages and stream flows.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Conservation Resource Alliance - Grandview Plaza Building (Traverse City) Balke, Kimberly (kim@rivercare.org) Active $100,000.00
1792 Kids Creek Stream Corridor Restoration Project

This project will improve natural stream function and in-stream habitat on a 5,400-foot section of Kids Creek with the overall goal of removing it from the State of Michigan's Impaired Waters List. Project will install woody debris and riffle-pool enhancements, connect the stream to its floodplain, replace a culvert restricting hydrologic flow, and narrow the stream channel using natural, bioengineering techniques, all of which will benefit desirable macroinvertebrate species as well as Brook Trout populations.

Board Decision Year: 2019
The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay (Traverse City) U'Ren, Sarah (suren@gtbay.org) Active $100,000.00
1791 Using Genomics to Improve Stock Structure Resolution and Assess Recruitment Dynamics of Lake Whitefish in Lake Michigan

Lake whitefish in Lake Michigan have experienced substantial fluctuations in recruitment and abundance over the last decade and much of this variation appears to be asynchronous across stocks. Genetics represents a powerful tool for stock identification that could facilitate investigation of recruitment dynamics and stock-specific harvest. However, currently available genetic markers are not powerful enough to accurately delineate stocks. Our goal is to use genomic techniques to improve resolution of stock structure in lake whitefish.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Wesley Larson - USGS Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Unit, College of Natural Resources, UW-Stevens Point (Stevens Point) Larson, Wesley (wes.larson@uwsp.edu) Active $161,727.00
1785 Characterization of olfactory imprinting to inform restoration of lake sturgeon in the Great Lakes

We postulate that juvenile lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) learn stream-specific odors that may guide homing in spawning adults. By defining how and when olfactory imprinting occurs, we expect to inform existing and future restoration strategies that promote recruitment and genetic diversity for populations of lake sturgeon in the Great Lakes.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Li, Weiming (liweim@msu.edu) Active $219,644.80
1783 A comprehensive evaluation and comparison of the food webs of lakes Michigan and Huron using predator diets and stable isotopes

Pelagic prey abundances in lakes Michigan and Huron are declining. Models used to quantify predator-prey balance and inform predator stocking decisions use diet data that are outdated or limited in spatiotemporal scope. We propose to conduct a comprehensive diet and stable isotope study on lakes Huron and Michigan to update and expand the application and scope of diet data. Results from this study will inform fisheries management decisions and stocking policies in both lakes.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Roth, Brian M. (rothbri@msu.edu) Active $341,334.00
1769 Youth Engagement & Monitoring

Board Decision Year: 2018
Huron River Watershed Council (Ann Arbor) Frenzel, Jason (jfrenzel@hrwc.org) Active $50,000.00
1768 Building Capacity of Great Lakes Champions

Board Decision Year: 2018
Huron Pines (Grayling) Zoll, Jennie (jennie@huronpines.org) Active $40,000.00
1766 Developing virtual learning opportunities to train citizen scientists about lake sturgeon and coupled Great Lakes-tributary ecosystems

Board Decision Year: 2018
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Scribner, Kim (scribne3@msu.edu) Active $35,427.00
1763 Whitefish Workshop Paper

Board Decision Year: 2017
Michigan State University - Center for Systems Integration & Sustainability Taylor, Bill (taylorw@msu.edu) Completed $5,000.00
1762 River Revitalization Education Support

The Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT) provided funding to the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Center for Educational Partnerships in support of the River Revitalization Education (RRES) project, which developed scalable and replicable tools aligned with the Michigan Science Standards/Next Generation Science Standards that will continue to support educators teaching about the Grand River and the associated restoration effort. Groundswell, a hub of the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative housed at the GVSU College of Education, lead the initiative with support from project partners. The RRES grant partners— the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council, Kent Innovation High School, WGVU Public Media, and the GVSU College of Education—subsidized K–12 stewardship projects and outdoor experiences for students, hosted teacher professional development sessions that supported Grand River revitalization efforts, and created multimedia place-based curriculum materials, which are hosted at https://wgvu.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/river-re-wilding-evaluating-impacts-on-ecosystems-and-communities/ and https://www.gvsu.edu/groundswell/lesson-plans-54.htm. The teacher professional development sessions are available on Groundswell’s website and YouTube channel so that educators can continue to benefit from the products of the grant. The RRES grant has created resources that will involve educators and schools in the effort to revitalize the Grand River and create a deeper connection to the river in the broader community.

Board Decision Year: 2017
Grand Valley State University - Center For Educational Partnerships (Grand Rapids) Pelon, Clayton (pelonc@gvsu.edu) Active $65,000.00
1759 Great Lakes Leadership Academy Endowment

Board Decision Year: 2018
Michigan State University - Great Lakes Leadership Academy (East Lansing) Harrison, Ritchie (harr1515@msu.edu) Active $100,000.00
1757 Continuation of a Flint Hub for K-12 Place-Based Education 2017-2019: Discovering PLACE Base Funding Application

Board Decision Year: 2017
The Regents of the University of Michigan - U of M - Flint (Flint) Sanker, Leyla (lsanker@umflint.edu) Active $145,000.00
1756 The Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition, GLFT Continuation 5, SEMIS 2017-2019

Board Decision Year: 2017
Eastern Michigan University - Office of Research Development (Ypsilanti) Lowenstein, Ethan (ethan.lowenstein@emich.edu) Active $145,000.00
1754 Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (2017-19 Continuation)

Board Decision Year: 2017
Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan - Northeast Michigan (Alpena) Heraghty, Patrick (pheraghty@cfnem.org) Active $145,000.00
1753 Upper Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative - Base Funding Proposal

The grantee offered professional development for educators and supported place-base stewardship projects for K-12 students in Alger, Delta, Marquette, and Schoolcraft Counties. Using GLFT funding, the Superior Watershed Partnership directly supported 51 hours of professional development for 32 educators and provided project support for 750 students. Upper GLSI staff hosted a variety of PD activities throughout the grant, including four days of introduction to place-based education allowing educators to voice their needs or suggestions for future professional development opportunities. Examples of other place-based education opportunities supported throughout the grant include Northern Michigan University’s Fall professional development session in partnership with the Michigan State University Extension Office and a virtual day of professional development which included a grant writing workshop and online discussion focused on culture in the classroom. Student projects supported include planting trees to improve the nearshore water quality of Lake Superior, releasing Salmon into the Dead River, and growing herbs in a hydroponic setting.

Board Decision Year: 2017
Superior Watershed Partnership (Marquette) Hanson, Abbie (abbie@superiorwatersheds.org) Completed $72,500.00
1752 West Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative

Board Decision Year: 2017
Muskegon Area Intermediate School District - Regional Mathematics and Science Center (Muskegon) Johnson, Erica (ejohnson@muskegonisd.org) Active $145,000.00
1751 GRAND Learning Network Phase VI 2017-19

Board Decision Year: 2017
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources - Department of Community Sustainability (E Lansing) Dann, Shari (sldann@msu.edu) Active $144,891.00
1749 Groundswell Continuation IV

Board Decision Year: 2017
Grand Valley State University - Center For Educational Partnerships (Grand Rapids) Pelon, Clayton (pelonc@gvsu.edu) Active $144,977.00
1748 Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative

Board Decision Year: 2017
The Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education - Copper Country Intermediate School District (Hancock) Gochis, Emily (egochis@copperisd.org) Active $145,000.00
1744 Grand Traverse Stewardship Initiative

Board Decision Year: 2017
Inland Seas Education Association (Suttons Bay) Nester, Chelsea (cnester@schoolship.org) Active $145,000.00
1741 Reconnecting Coldwater Habitat in Bigelow Creek

Trout Unlimited, Inc. is looking to restore aquatic organism passage and stream function at three road/stream crossings as the first phase of an effort to restore complete connectivity throughout the Bigelow Creek watershed, a critically important coldwater tributary to the Muskegon River. The replacement of these crossings will enhance and provide long-term protection for fish passage and habitat for salmonids and other coldwater species of the Lake Michigan Basin.

Board Decision Year: 2017
Trout Unlimited (Arlington ) Geist, Jeremy (jgeist@tu.org) Completed $70,000.00
1738 Boardman River-Dam Removal #3


As part of the largest dam removal effort in Michigan’s history, the third and final dam will be removed on the Boardman River, a state-designated Natural River and Blue Ribbon trout stream emptying into Lake Michigan. The Boardman Dam Removal Project is a signature effort that will reconnect 160 miles of prime fishery habitat by removing three dams and modifying a fourth to block invasives and provide bi-directional selective fish passage to the Great Lakes.

Board Decision Year: 2017
Natural Resources Department - Department of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Peshawbestown) Garavaglia, James (james.garavaglia@gtbindians.com) Completed $430,000.00
1726 Inferring tributary-specific production of adult, wild steelhead to the Lake Michigan fishery using otolith chemistry

We will evaluate the source-specific production of steelhead to the Lake Michigan fishery. We have demonstrated that chemical signatures of juvenile steelhead otoliths are sufficiently differentiable among different Lake Michigan tributaries and hatcheries to support accurate natal origin assignment. Here, otoliths of adult steelhead will be collected and analyzed to quantitatively assess the mixing of stocks in the Lake Michigan fishery and identify specific sources most supportive of steelhead production.

Board Decision Year: 2017
Central Michigan University - Department of Biology and Institute for Great Lakes Research (Mount Pleasant) Pangle, Kevin (pangl1k@cmich.edu) Active $157,068.00
1721 A Quantitative, Lake-Wide Assessment of Lake Trout in Lake Michigan

We will improve assessment of trends for lake trout populations and estimates of vital rates in Lake Michigan by fitting age-structured assessment models in southern and western areas of the lake where such assessments are lacking. We will combine results with those from other areas of the lake to provide a lake-wide assessment. Results will be used to develop or improve forecasting models to evaluate consequences of stocking decisions on rehabilitation status and predator-prey balance.

Board Decision Year: 2017
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Clark Jr., Richard (clarkri@msu.edu) Active $236,697.00
1700 Using Genomic Tools to Investigate Adaptive Diversity in Great Lakes Cisco

Historically, cisco was the major forage fish component in the Great Lakes food chain and supported extensive commercial fisheries in multiple Great Lakes. However, anthropogenic impacts have led to massive declines in cisco abundance as well as local and global extirpations of multiple cisco species. We will use genomics to investigate the genetic basis of adaptation in cisco. This research will provide important data that can be used to preserve cisco diversity and inform restoration.

Board Decision Year: 2017
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point - College of Natural Resources (Stevens Point) Larson, Wesley (wes.larson@uwsp.edu) Active $105,000.00