# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
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
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) Completed $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) Completed $145,000.00
1744 Grand Traverse Stewardship Initiative

Board Decision Year: 2017
Inland Seas Education Association (Suttons Bay) Nester, Chelsea (cnester@schoolship.org) Completed $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 (Mt. 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
1697 Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council Water Resources Education Programs

The Water Resources Education Program engaged over 300 students from Northern Michigan middle schools in a foundation-laying program of watershed experiences that focused on local issues and stewardship of community water resources. Students were provided with water resources knowledge over the course of five in-class sessions, the majority of which also included community field trip sessions. This knowledge allowed students to plan and implement an action project that was designed to improve or solve a water resource issue in their community. Over the course of the program, teachers received training, resources, and tools to continue water-resources education in the future.

 

Board Decision Year: 2017
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (Petoskey) Baker, Elijah (eli@watershedcouncil.org) Completed $25,000.00
1694 Classroom with a Current Watershed Laboratory

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) Classroom with a Current program provided an opportunity for thousands of students to experience inquiry-based learning with a focus on Great Lakes Watersheds. Programs were designed to provide information that assisted students in becoming (1) active and effective stewards of the Great Lakes and (2) advocates for strategies that support the long-term sustainability of the Great Lakes fisheries. Programming included Museum based field trip programs, extension of a traveling exhibit and summer camp experiences. 

Board Decision Year: 2017
Grand Rapids Public Museum Foundation - Collections & Education (Grand Rapids) Schulz, Gina (gschulz@grmuseum.org) Completed $59,742.00
1683 North-east Michigan’s Great Lakes fishery heritage: a project to foster awareness of our heritage, share information and data about Great Lakes ecosystems, and enable better stewardship of Great Lakes aquatic ecosystems

With the support of the Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT), the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan developed a conceptual plan and narrative for how the museum will display elements of the Besser Fishery Heritage Project. This story includes a summary of the early 20th century Great Lakes fisheries, effects of overfishing and invasive species on the Great Lakes, the eventual collapse of the Great Lakes fisheries, how Sea Lamprey impact the modern ecosystem, and the stewardship efforts by resource agencies to begin the recovery of the Great Lakes fisheries. Once complete, the display will engage both students and general visitors as stewards of the great lakes. Specifically, the grant provided funding to assist Besser Museum in defining and communicating their vision for the Fishery Heritage display. Grant products included conceptual drawings, display renderings, and a comprehensive narrative for the exhibit. 

Board Decision Year: 2017
Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan (Alpena) Witulski, Christine (cwitulski@bessermuseum.org) Completed $10,000.00
1679 Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Gateway Fishing Access Facility

Board Decision Year: 2016
Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC) (Detroit) Egelton, Jody (egelton@semcog.org) Completed $50,000.00
1678 Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Framework

The overall goal of this grant is to work with university centers and agencies to develop a long-term business plan for Great Lakes Aquatic Habitiat Framework that cultivates partnerships with state, federal and provincial agencies and universities and creates a long-term funding and maintenance strategy with the following goals:

• Building greater capacity within resource management agencies and the university

• Developing, maintaining, and serving spatial data needed for management and research in the Great Lakes Region

• Assisting agencies in the use of spatial approaches in research and decision making • Developing a better understanding of the spatial ecology of the Great Lakes Basin.

Board Decision Year: 2016
The Regents of the University of Michigan - School of Natural Resources and Environment (Ann Arbor) Riseng, Catherine (criseng@umich.edu) Completed $143,095.80
1677 Making Restoration Investments Count in the Lake Michigan Basin

The Healing Our Waters - Great Lakes (HOW) Coalition is improving the health of the Great Lakes through our Priority Area implementation Program which addresses historic threats to the Great Lakes through on the ground restoration work. The project provides capacity building grants to local and state non-profit organizations, with priority given to Lake Michigan basin sites, to help applicants successfully implement restoration projects through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Board Decision Year: 2016
National Wildlife Federation (Reston) Hill, Jennifer (hillj@nwf.org) Completed $99,997.49
1676 Great Lakes Stewardship to Stop Asian Carp

National Wildlife Federation is looking to develop and launch a strategic education and communications campaign to inform the public about the serious threat Asian carp pose to the Great Lakes and about advancing solutions that lead to the most effective actions to prevent carp from entering the Great Lakes. This is a collaborative effort with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, and other tribal leaders.

Board Decision Year: 2016
National Wildlife Federation - Great Lakes Regional Office (Ann Arbor) Smith, Marc (msmith@nwf.org) Completed $200,000.00
1675 Grand Traverse Stewardship Initiative

Board Decision Year: 2016
Inland Seas Education Association (Suttons Bay) Nester, Chelsea (cnester@schoolship.org) Completed $72,500.00
1673 Hayes Township Park Camp Sea-Gull Fishing Pier

Hayes Township in Charlevoix County is going to construct a 170' public fishing pier in order to create shoreline fishing access to Lake Charlevoix. The pier will be located in the Hayes Township Park/Camp Sea-Gull which is situated on the north shore of Lake Charlevoix and is centrally located between Boyne City and the City of Charlevoix.

Board Decision Year: 2016
Hayes Township (Charlevoix) Nugent, Warren (clerk@hayestownshipmi.gov) Active $234,000.00
1667 Black Creek Shore Fishing Access - Lake St. Clair Metropark

The shore-fishing access project at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Macomb County, Michigan will help create additional public shore-fishing opportunities on Black Creek including a universally accessible fishing/observation platform, a cement pathway to the platform, and handicap parking next to the pathway. The project provides access by means of an existing parking lot adjacent to Black Creek. The creek empties into Lake St. Clair and is a popular shore-fishing area for anglers visiting the park.

Board Decision Year: 2016
Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority - Natural Resources (Brighton) Mitchell, Tyler (tyler.mitchell@metroparks.com) Completed $58,500.00
1665 Boyne City Public Fishing Pier

The City of Boyne City installed an ADA accessible, public fishing pier in Lake Charlevoix through a public/private partnership. The pier is approximately 190 feet long and located immediately southwest of the mouth of the Boyne River and complimented by existing public restrooms, parks and parking, and a direct connection to the City's downtown. The pier allows anglers of all experience levels and physical abilities to fish safely and conveniently.

Board Decision Year: 2016
City of Boyne City - Planning (Boyne City) Kilkenny, Patrick (pkilkenny@boynecity.com) Completed $47,500.00
1661 Thunder Bay Watershed Resource Inventories

With funding support from the GLFT, Huron Pines completed a comprehensive road/stream crossing inventory as well as additional streambank erosion and invasive species inventories in the Thunder Bay Watershed. The data collected will help resource managers in the northeast Michigan make cost-effective decisions in locations that will generate the most impact. Road/stream crossing, streambank erosion, and invasive species inventory data have been uploaded to the publicly accessible website:  http://www.northernmichiganstreams.org/. Streambank erosion and invasive species data have also been uploaded to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network website: http://www.misin.msu.edu/. Huron Pines has secured additional funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, to restore five of the highest-priority sites in the watershed. In-kind labor and equipment commitments have also been secured from the Montmorency County Road Commission. It is ideal when additional restoration efforts are completed as a result of completed watershed inventories.

 

Board Decision Year: 2016
Huron Pines (Grayling) Leisen, Josh (josh@huronpines.org) Completed $35,442.00