# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
1821 Upper Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative - Base Funding Proposal: Second Year Funding

The GLFT supported the Superior Watershed Partnership as one of the nine Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI) hubs throughout the state. In partnership with the Seaborg Center at Northern Michigan University, the Superior Watershed Partnership and the Upper GLSI offered professional development for educators and supported place-based stewardship projects for K-12 students in Alger, Delta, Marquette, and Schoolcraft Counties. The Upper GLSI worked to promote school-community partnerships that engaged communities in project efforts and strengthened stewardship impacts among students. GLFT funding during the project period directly supported 53 total hours of professional development for 28 educators and provided project support for 550 students.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Superior Watershed Partnership (Marquette) Hanson, Abbie (abbie@superiorwatersheds.org) Completed $72,500.00
1818 Tippy South River Bank Rehabilitation and Access Improvement

The Manistee River, below Tippy Dam (Wellston, MI), is a federally designated Wild And Scenic River and supports robust fish populations and critical habitat for wild and native species such as Lake Sturgeon. Due to the abundant angler opportunities the site provides, excessive bank erosion has occurred, leading to bank instability, sedimentation and hazardous access. The project team seeks to restore the stream bank and improve angler access at the south bank of the river.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Trout Unlimited (Arlington ) Geist, Jeremy (jgeist@tu.org) Active $50,000.00
1817 Increasing Urban Shore-based Fishing Access on the Cheboygan River

In the heart of the City of Cheboygan, the Cheboygan River runs with steelhead salmon, rainbow trout, walleye, bass, and sunfish before entering Lake Huron. Its desirable fishing lacks safe access. This project proposes to design permanent or removable fishing piers. The public will be engaged through surveys, a workgroup, and public meetings. Adjacent amenities will include educational signage and an ADA kayak launcher.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (Petoskey) Keson, Caroline (caroline@watershedcouncil.org) Completed $25,000.00
1814 Black River Park Fish Cleaning Station

In order to support and improve access and use of the local fishery, South Haven will construct a no-fee, modern, ADA fish cleaning station. This would additionally support the new access created by a shore based fishing pier developed in the park.

Board Decision Year: 2018
City of South Haven (South Haven ) Hosier, Kate (khosier@south-haven.com) Completed $150,000.00
1809 Elmwood Marina Fish Cleaning Station

The Charter Township of Elmwood is starting a 3-phase land based redevelopment project of the existing Elmwood Marina on West Grand Traverse Bay. One of the most highly anticipated portions of Phase 1 is the state-of-the-art fish cleaning station. The fish cleaning station includes a pavilion, large grinder to dispose of waste in the Township sewer and a recognition wall of donors that will include metal cutouts of native fish.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Elmwood Township (Traverse City) Kopriva, Sara (planner@elmwoodtownship.net) Active $99,660.00
1806 Investigating infectious diseases as a “bottleneck” to lake whitefish (coregonus clupeaformis) recruitment

Lake whitefish declines in the four lower Great Lakes (GL) have alarmed GL fishery managers, commercial/tribal fisherman, and the public alike. This research seeks to clarify the role that infectious fish diseases play in decreasing the survival of young lake whitefish and determine routes by which such infections spread from parents to offspring. If funded, study results will help identify viable management solutions and guide future research to improve the health of GL lake whitefish.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Michigan State University - Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation (East Lansing) Loch, Thomas (lochthom@cvm.msu.edu) Active $132,056.50
1805 The Pigeon River Trout Habitat Assessment Project

The Pigeon River is a cold water stream located in Ottawa County, Michigan. This river has a history of fluctuating water quality due to sedimentation, nutrient loading, and hydrologic instability due to drainage conditions. This project seeks to conduct an inventory of the condition of all road stream crossings, and a stream habitat assessment at key locations within the watershed. This work will help identify areas of concern and facilitate planning for future restoration efforts.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Ottawa Conservation District (Grand Haven) Jordan, Benjamin (benjamin.jordan@macd.org) Active $14,611.25
1801 Restoring Lake Michigan's Globally Rare Ground-Fed Cold-water Streams

The Conservation Resource Alliance is expanding it's holistic approach to watershed management by completing a road/stream crossing inventory on the Lincoln River Watershed. CRA is also working with project partners at the Mason-Lake Conservation District to stabilize the single largest stream-bank erosion site in the entire Pere Marquette Watershed the Chinnery Log/slide, while simultaneously restoring complete connectivity to Blood Creek an intact headwaters and wetland complex valued for its pristine aquatic habitat.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Conservation Resource Alliance (Traverse City ) Davis, Kira (kira@rivercare.org) Active $100,500.00
1799 Beaumont Property, North Point Peninsula

The Nature Conservancy requests GLFT funding for fee acquisition of 1,384 acres on the North Point Peninsula near Alpena, including over four miles of Lake Huron coastline. In providing a unique opportunity to preserve and protect a rare mixture of ecological, economic, recreational and educational values in one project, this acquisition achieves the GLFT priorities of preserving essential habitat, particularly important fish habitats, with a possible opportunity to increase their availability to the public.

Board Decision Year: 2018
The Nature Conservancy - Protection (Lansing) Tuzinsky, Ricahrd (rtuzinsky@tnc.org) Active $100,000.00
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) Completed $33,982.52
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) Completed $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) Completed $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) Completed $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