# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
1280 Great Lakes Reporting Project

Michigan Radio will produce and air public radio news reports; develop multimedia and online resources; hold public forums/discussions; and distribute copies of the media work as teacher resources. With an audience of 495,000 weekly Michigan listeners and approximately 107,000 monthly website users, the project will help to bolster the reach and impact of GLFTs Great Lakes Stewardship program.

Board Decision Year: 2012
University of Michigan - The Environment Report (Ann Arbor) Han, Ellen Rinck (erinck@umich.edu) Completed $35,000.00
1278 Beaver Island Harbor Development Project

The GLFT provided funding to Saint James Township for engineering services to produce feasibility and design studies to develop a shore-based angling site on Paradise Bay on Beaver Island.


Board Decision Year: 2012
St. James Township (Beaver Island) Haggard, Bill (jlawn@tds.net) Completed $15,980.00
1277 City of St. Joseph Boat Launch Enhancements

The purpose of the project was to construct a modern fish cleaning station and restrooms at the City Boat Launch. In addition important improvements were made to the ADA parking and picnic areas at the facility. The new fish cleaning facility is the only one of its kind available to the public in the City of St. Joseph.

Board Decision Year: 2012
City of St. Joseph (St. Joseph) Perry, Derek (dperry@sjcity.com) Completed $133,288.13
1275 Belle Isle Access to Fishing - South Pier

The south pier site has existing infrastucture in place and new fish habitat will be created later this year to enhance the fishing in this area (GLRI funded). The approach to the pier from the parking lot, however, does not meet ADA requirements and the pier itself is too high to provide adequate fishing access. To improve access to fishing and the newly created habitat, a lowered deck is proposed to be constructed and a new access approach will be built to connect the parking lot to the pier. Railings will be modified to enhance accessibility for fishing and safety to anglers. An interpretive sign is also part of the project and will include information on the history of fishing in the Detroit River.

Board Decision Year: 2012
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Parks and Recreation Division (Lansing) Lincoln, Matt (lincolnm@michigan.gov) Completed $45,686.98
1270 9-mile Point Project

The goal of the 9-mile Point Project was to significantly increase access for Tribal commercial fishermen in northern Lake Michigan by designing and constructing a boat launch adjacent to the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians commercial fishing zone, on the southwestern shore of Little Traverse Bay. The launch provides safe access and parking for Tribal commercial fishermen and will strengthen the provisions of the 2000 Consent Decree by enhancing harvest, management, and study of commercial fishery resources.

Board Decision Year: 2012
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians - Natural Resources (Harbor Springs) Donner, Kevin (kdonner@ltbbodawa-nsn.gov) Completed $275,816.00
1268 Explore the Shores "Arcadia Lake GrebePark Fishing Access"

The GLFT provided funding to upgrade an existing fishing pier, previously funded in part by the GLFT in 2000, to include the development of a fully accessible restroom facility, walkways to connect the pier, restroom, parking and picnic areas as well as education/interpretive signage with a focus on teaching children how to fish. The project also includes a universally accessible kayak/canoe launch that was funded from project matching dollars. All facilities exceed ADA requirements and is consistent with the mission of Manistee County’s Explore the Shores program to provide superior access to water for people of all ages, needs and abilities.

Board Decision Year: 2012
Alliance for Economic Success (Manistee) Ervin, Tim (tervin26@charter.net) Completed $48,200.00
1267 The Custer Barrier Free Fishing Access on the Pere Marquette River

The Custer Barrier Free Fishing Access project is the first handicap accessible fishing site on the Pere Marquette River and includes two fishing platforms, a restroom, paved driveway and parking area, boardwalk, sidewalk, bench, educational signage, stone steps with stone platform to the river, runoff control, and streambank stabilization efforts. The project was completed by partners of the Pere Marquette River Restoration Committee, in combination with the removal of a defunct sea lamprey barrier on township property. The site is adjacent to Custer Road, a well-traveled road located off of US-10.

Board Decision Year: 2012
Conservation Resource Alliance - Grandview Plaza Building (Traverse City) Balke, Kimberly (kim@rivercare.org) Completed $200,000.00
1262 Coastal Lake Huron Tributary Restoration

Through funding support provided by the GLFT, Huron pines replaced twin 5’ perched culverts with a single-span structure over the Black River that reconnected nearly 18 river miles for aquatic organism passage.

The Black River, located in Alcona County, drains directly to Lake Huron and supports one of the last populations of migratory brook trout in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. In 2007 Huron Pines staff and volunteers from the Alcona-Black River Watershed Coalition inventoried road/stream crossings within the watershed and identified 39 sites. Of those the Sucker Creek Road/Black River site was ranked as the highest property site for restoration because of the severely perched and undersized culverts and high sediment load from the sandy approaches.

Board Decision Year: 2012
Huron Pines (Grayling) Jensen, Brad (brad@huronpines.org) Completed $58,370.11
1261 Reconnecting Lake Huron Fish with Rifle River Tributaries

This project reconnected 12 miles of aquatic habitat and siginficantly reduced sediment loading in the Rifle River watershed through the restoration of four road/stream crossings. Undersized culverts were replaced with appropriately sized and aligned structures at three sites; a timber bridge was used at the forth.

Board Decision Year: 2012
Huron Pines (Grayling) Jensen, Brad (brad@huronpines.org) Completed $116,000.00
1260 Carlton Creek Culvert Removal

The Oceana County Road Commission replaced a perched corrugated metal pipe (CMP) culvert under Arthur Road where it crosses Carlton Creek, in Grant Township, Oceana County. The project team also restored the adjacent stream bank to decrease erosion as part of the effort. The restoration of this waterway restored a fish passage from the North Branch of the White River, upstream to its headwaters in New Era, roughly nine stream miles.

Board Decision Year: 2012
Oceana County Road Commission (Hart) Dutcher, Lisa (lisa_dutcher@hotmail.com) Completed $85,000.00
1257 Elucidating the role of herd immunity in protecting of Lake Michigan fish against the Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Virus (VHSV)

Mohamed Faisal and a team of scientists investigated preventative measures against VHS. The team successfully developed a vaccination regimen that may be used in hatcheries. Experimental data and simulation models demonstrated that hatchery fish can be used to confer protection to wild fish populations against this deadly virus.

GLFT policy enables grantees to hold the release of the final project report while publications are pending. The final progress report will be added at a later date.

Board Decision Year: 2012
Michigan State University - Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation (East Lansing) Faisal, Mohamed (healthyfish@cvm.msu.edu) Completed $341,844.00
1250 Finding appropriate harvest policies for admixed fisheries to ensure long term population sustainability of native Great Lake fishes

This project explored the consequences of admixed fisheries, which exploit fish from multiple simulatin framework that considers the entire fishery management system, including stock dynamics, data collections, stock assessments, and control rule implementation.

Board Decision Year: 2012
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Brenden, Travis O. (brenden@msu.edu) Completed $151,204.81
1244 Conservation of native fish communities in tributaries to the Great Lakes: Predicting the impacts of contaminants delivered by spawning pacific Salmon

Dominic Chaloner, a research associate professor at the University of Notre Dame, led a team of scientists to assess the extent to which Pacific salmon migrating from the Great Lakes into tributaries during their spawning runs increase contaminant levels in local fish populations. The team focused on mercury and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), given their prevalence in the Great Lakes basin. 

Board Decision Year: 2012
University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame) Chaloner, Dominic (dchalone@nd.edu) Completed $222,115.00
1243 Delivering stream salmonid trend data to facilitate collaborative management of great Lakes and inland fisheries

The project team developed an online tool, the Stream Fish Population Trend Viewer, for sharing information on local and regional trends in abundance, growth, and survival of important fish populations at Michigan Department of Natural Resources Status and Trends Program fixed monitoring sites on Michigan streams.  The tool has two main components, the first of which allows users to see regional patterns of trends in populations.  It consists of a map showing fixed site locations in Michigan, with the sites being color-coded based upon how the most recent survey information compares with the average value at the site since 2002. The second component of the Trend Viewer allows users to view trends as graphs or data tables for these species and parameters at any individual site.  The viewer is available at the following URL:  http://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/fishpop/#

Board Decision Year: 2012
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Marquette Fisheries Research Station (Marquette) Zorn, Troy (zornt@michigan.gov) Completed $43,109.58
1234 Feasibility of using satellite imaging to remotely identify lake trout spawning sites

The Principal Investegators (PIs) adopted imaging techniques used to study green algae to quantify site-specific changes in the abundance of diatoms (cleaned from the substrate at lake trout spawning sites), and then tested whether this method can be used to distinguish between sites used by lake trout for spawning and those not used for spawning.

Board Decision Year: 2012
Great Lakes Fishery Commission (Ann Arbor) Binder, Thomas (tr.binder@gmail.com) Completed $66,750.00
1230 Movement of Chinook Salmon between Lakes Michigan and Huron

Attempt to estimate the net movement of chinook salmon going from Lake Huron to Lake Michigan from 2000-2011 and incorporate the results into analytical tools, such as catch-at-age and decision analysis models, that are used for evaluating chinook salmon stocking rates and fishing regulations.

Board Decision Year: 2012
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Clark Jr., Richard (clarkri@msu.edu) Completed $259,637.94
1227 Youth Policy Summit on Great Lakes Water Resources

The Keystone Center conducted a Youth Policy Summit on Great Lakes Water Resources at Aquinas College in July 2012. The Keystone Center developed a cadre of youth leaders across the state with in-depth knowledge surrounding the multiple demands on Great Lakes water resources. These future leaders were equipped with negotiation and communication skills, and the capacity to develop projects that consider the common interests of multiple stakeholders, while balancing social, environmental, and economic concerns.

Board Decision Year: 2012
Keystone Center (Dillon) Roush, Elizabeth (eroush@keystone.org) Completed $10,000.00
1225 Oscoda Beach Park Observation & Fishing Pier

The Charter Township of Oscoda built an 8' wide, 100' long boardwalk leading to a 12' to 14' wide, 300' long observation and fishing pier with handrails and lighting at the Oscoda Beach Park on Lake Huron. Park patrons are now able to hear and see the natural environment in a very similar manner to being in a watercraft without making a substantial investment.

Board Decision Year: 2011
Oscoda, Charter Township of (Oscoda) Richards, Ann (ddadirector@oscodatwp.com) Completed $201,500.00
1224 Fishing Pier Construction, Greilickville Marina/Park

For more than a decade, residents of Greilickville sought a fishing pier. The township’s  Marina Committee voted to design one to be located between the township Marina and its waterfront park. This grant  funded the development of preliminary engineering and design specifications, as well as cost estimates  to construct the pier. To help inform the design and ensure community input, three public meetings were held to solicit community suggestions about pier design.

Board Decision Year: 2011
Elmwood Township (Traverse City) Kelly, Jack (supervisor@elmwoodtownship.net) Completed $42,943.39
1220 Manistee Fish Cleaning Station

The City of Manistee, in partnership with the Alliance for Economic Success, constructed a Fish Cleaning Center adjacent to the City of Manistee’s First Street Beach boat launch facility near Lake Michigan that replaced a deteriorating facility with limited access for people with special needs. It will support fish cleaning by thousands of anglers and professional guides who use the site to clean their harvest of a high percentage of the 35,000 migrating salmon and trout species that are landed in the Manistee area each year. The Fish Cleaning Center is part of the Explore the Shores program.

Board Decision Year: 2011
City of Manistee - City Hall (Manistee) Deisch, Mitch (mdeisch@manisteemi.gov) Completed $75,000.00
1219 Michigan Environmental Literacy Plan

The Michigan Environmental Literacy Plan (MI ELP) has been developed to provide those involved in the environmental education of children with common goals and action strategies that can maximize education efforts and results. The implementation of the MI ELP may also address the secondary goals of improving the physical, social, and intellectual health of children by connecting them with the outdoors, nature, and their local community. The MI ELP is designed to meet the eligibility requirements for funding under the federal No Child Left Inside Act of 2013, should it be passed. For more information on the MI ELP and its implementation, go to www.MIELP.org.

Board Decision Year: 2011
National Wildlife Federation - Great Lakes Regional Office (Ann Arbor) Liljegren, Julia (liljegrenj@nwf.org) Completed $39,656.00
1218 The Human Dimensions of the Baitfish Industry: Investigating a Vector for Aquatic Invasive Species and VHS in the Great Lakes Basin

A Michigan State University  project team collaborated with Fisheries and Oceans Canada to research aquatic invasive species (AIS) in Michigan’s baitfish industry. Researchers made significant scientific gains in understanding the human dimensions of the industry by identifying two broad social perspectives of baitfish users. This produced strong implications for fishery managers and it is the researchers’ expectation that agencies and NGOs within the Great Lakes basin jurisdiction will use the findings for further AIS outreach and prevention management.

Board Decision Year: 2011
Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Great Lakes Laboratory for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (Burlington, ON CANADA) Mandrak, Nicholas (nicholas.mandrak@dfo-mpo.gc.ca) Completed $18,017.47
1217 Discovering PLACE GLSI Continuation

This project focused on two themes: 1) Interconnectedness of community, land, and water, and 2) community, water and land can all be recovered and transformed.

Board Decision Year: 2011
The Regents of the University of Michigan - U of M - Flint (Flint) Gartner, Danielle (danyg@umflint.edu) Completed $194,061.43
1216 West Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative Continuation

This program was designed to develop a generation of knowledgeable and actively engaged stewards of the Great Lakes Watershed.

Board Decision Year: 2011
Muskegon Area Intermediate School District - Regional Mathematics and Science Center (Muskegon) Krebs, Dave (dkrebs@muskegonisd.org) Completed $145,000.00
1215 Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition Continuation

This program facilitates school-community partnerships to develop students as citizen-stewards of healthy ecological-social systems

Board Decision Year: 2011
Eastern Michigan University - Office of Research Development (Ypsilanti) Lowenstein, Ethan (ethan.lowenstein@emich.edu) Completed $145,000.00