# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
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 (Millersburg) 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
1214 Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative Continuation

This project developed a vibrant regional network of school-community partners actively engaged in PBE

Board Decision Year: 2011
Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan - Northeast Michigan (Alpena) Heraghty, Patrick (pheraghty@cfnem.org) Completed $200,000.00
1213 Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative Continuation II

To prepare students to be knowledgeable citizens, concerned about the Great Lakes, and actively engaged in stewardship activities that will contribute to the health, restoration, and future conservation of the Great Lakes and their watersheds.

Board Decision Year: 2011
The Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education - Copper Country Intermediate School District (Hancock) Oppliger, Shawn (shawn@copperisd.org) Completed $175,000.00
1212 Grand Traverse Stewardship Initiative Continuation I

This program promotes a watershed approach to freshwater stewardship, helping students understand their connection to water in the region, and the need to preserve and protect our natural resources.

Board Decision Year: 2011
Grand Traverse Conservation District (Traverse City) Masterson-Bzdok, Colleen (cmasterson@gtcd.org) Completed $245,000.00
1211 Groundswell Continuation 1

This program was designed to create and maintain a strong coalition of community partners to work with students and teachers grades 6-12 to inspire lifelong environmental stewardship, with a focus on the Grand River Watershed in Kent county.

Board Decision Year: 2011
Grand Valley State University - Center For Educational Partnerships (Grand Rapids) Pelon, Clayton (pelonc@gvsu.edu) Completed $196,922.52
1210 GRAND Learning Network Continuation Phase III

GRAND learning Network is a network team from MSU that works with teacher leaders who take part in advanced professional development in PBE, Great Lakes content, and school change. They coach other teachers involved in Summer Institutes, foundational PD, and school-community stewardship.

Board Decision Year: 2011
Michigan State University - Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies (E. Lansing) Dann, Shari L. (sldann@anr.msu.edu) Completed $144,999.00
1206 Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Framework

This project developed a Great Lakes aquatic habitat database and classification framework that integrates key habitat components to address loca, lake-wide, and basin-wide restoration and management needs. It covers the entire Great Lakes basin, but focuses on coastal and nearshore systems. The tool provides managers with an essential capability to link, map, and prioritize restoration projects in the Great Lakes system and deliver the first consistent geographic framework to integrate and track monitoring, assessment, indicator development, ecological forecasting, and restoration activities across the Great Lakes.

Board Decision Year: 2010
The Regents of the University of Michigan - School of Natural Resources and Environment (Ann Arbor) Riseng, Catherine (criseng@umich.edu) Completed $527,229.00
1205 Implementing Successful Restoration in the Great Lakes (HOW Great Lakes Coalition)

The goal of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition (HOW)  was to improve the health of the Great Lakes by addressing historic stresses and preparing new challenges. This project used the GLFT funds to award grants ranging from $8-15,000. It gave local and state non-profit organizations in four priority areas across the Great Lakes regions seed money and capacity building grants to help them successfully implement the components of the Great Lakes

Board Decision Year: 2011
National Wildlife Federation - Great Lakes Regional Office (Ann Arbor) Hill, Jennifer (hillj@nwf.org) Completed $200,000.00
1204 Cross Village Portable Boat Ramp

This project funded the construction of an all-metal removable boat ramp that has enhanced tribal and recreational fishing opportunities in the northern tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The ramp portion is 16’ wide and 50’ long. It is constructed of a metal grid over a rigid frame. It is mounted on tires for easier installation and extraction. There are skid piers on each side that are 5’ wide and 32’ long. The ramp is in use and provides easier access to Lake Michigan for as many as five different fishing boats. A vault toilet also installed on site to improve usability. The project achieved its primary goal of providing a superior boat ramp.

Board Decision Year: 2011
Cross Village Township (Cross Village) Reck, Gene (gene@threepinesstudio.com) Completed $120,000.00
1202 Enhancing the success of Great Lakes lake sturgeon restoration through development of standard operating procedures for stream-side hatcheries

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and Michigan State University outlined a series of objectives and hypotheses directed toward overcoming factors that negatively affect growth and survival of lake sturgeon at different ontogenetic stages reared in Streamside rearing facilities (SRFs). The general objectives of the study were to evaluate different culture methods that can be tailored to accommodate site-specific variability in rearing environmental regimes and equipment and resources available to operators at each SRF. Experimental treatments and response variables that were evaluated during different steps of streamside culture. Treatments were evaluated represent current or possible alternative methods that can be adapted in present or future SRFs.

Board Decision Year: 2011
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Scribner, Kim (scribne3@msu.edu) Completed $166,639.00
1200 Lake sturgeon metapopulation structure in a complex river-lake ecosystem

The purpose of this study was to describe the population structure of lake sturgeon that spawn in the St. Clair and Detroit rivers, which are among the few remaining Great Lakes tributaries in which lake sturgeon use of main-stem river spawning habitat is unblocked by dams or other man-made barriers.  The number, geographic organization, and connectedness of spawning populations within this group of lake sturgeon was expected to help managers understand the natural level of population and habitat connectivity necessary to rehabilitate self-sustaining lake sturgeon populations in more fragmented ecosystems.  We tested the hypothesis that lake sturgeon spawning in the Detroit and St. Clair rivers are comprised of up to three separate populations with different migration patterns, use of spawning rivers and sites, and survival rates.  Study objectives were to 1) determine whether dispersal of spawning condition lake sturgeon depends on spawning river and site (Detroit R. vs. lower St. Clair R. vs. upper St. Clair R.), 2) whether lake sturgeon return to rivers and sites of previous presumed spawning, and 3) to determine whether local populations defined by different dispersal patterns and spawning habitats survive at different rates.

Board Decision Year: 2011
Great Lakes Fishery Commission (Ann Arbor) Krueger, Charles (ckrueger@glfc.org) Completed $359,929.00
1198 Exploring Life History Characteristics of Naturalized Versus Stocked Chinook

This project conducted historical data analysis and field data collection to evaluate divergence in life-history characteristics (age- and size-at-maturity, spawning run time, and fecundity) of naturally-reproduced and hatchery-stocked Chinook and coho salmon in Lake Michigan with implications for fisheries and fisheries management.

Board Decision Year: 2011
U.S. Geological Survey - Lake Erie Biological Station (Sandusky) Rogers, Mark (mwrogers@usgs.gov) Completed $256,107.00
1197 Estimating Asian Carp abundance using environmental DNA

Experiments to test the hypothesis that the abundance of Asian carp eDNA in a water body reliably indicates the abundance of Asian carp. Development of a statistical calibration model relating eDNA abundance to Asian carp abundance. Application of the model to previous eDNA data for Asian carp to estimate 2009-2010 abundance in the upper reaches of the Chicago Area Waterway System.

Board Decision Year: 2011
University of Notre Dame - Center for Aquatic Conservation & Environmental Change Initiative (South Bend) Lodge, David (dlodge@nd.edu) Completed $249,999.00