# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
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
1174 Youth Policy Summit on Great Lakes Water Resources

A 3-day regional conference in Detroit, Kalamazoo, and Midland, each involving 40-50 students and focusing on Great Lakes Water resources. Students will examine water use from various perspectives and identify policies and programs that protect water resources. Forty of these students will be selected to attend a 4-day Youth Policy Summit, where they will interact with experts, learn about conflict resolution, and develop consensus-based recommendations for policies and projects.

Board Decision Year: 2011
The Keystone Center - Center for Education (Dillon) Kranowitz, Jeremy (3186@glftnoemail.org) Completed $25,000.00
1173 No Child Left Inside Great Lakes Outreach Project

This grant provided support and expertise to organizations in Michigan to assist with the development of Michigan's Environmental Literacy Plan.

Board Decision Year: 2011
Chesapeake Bay Foundation (Annapolis) Mooy, Jennifer de (jdemooy@cbf.org) Completed $10,000.00
1167 Envisioning a Chicago Waterway System for the 21st Century

Project addressed threats to the health of the Great Lakes, including Asian carp and other aquatic invasive species from the Mississippi River watershed via the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS). The project team worked with stakeholders to develop separation alternatives that stop the open flow of water between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River watershed via the CAWS and maintain or enhance the system’s benefits through investments in flood management, water quality, and transportation.

Board Decision Year: 2010
Great Lakes Commission (Ann Arbor) Eder, Tim (teder@glc.org) Completed $500,000.00
1165 Beginning the Removal of the Boardman River Dams: Removing/Restoring Brown Bridge Dam

Traverse City, in partnership with Grant Traverse County and other community stakeholders, received grant funding to remove the Brown Bridge Dam on the Boardman River in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula.

Board Decision Year: 2010
City of Traverse City (Traverse City) Bifoss, Ben (carlferguson@chartermi.net) Completed $1,000,000.00
1164 Pier Michigan

Pier Michigan is a collaborative project between MUCC and the GLFT to create a web-based initiative designed to increase public awareness and use of pier fishing opportunities. Shore-based fishing access in Michigan is plentiful, but until now, no clearinghouse has been available with all the information an angler needs to be successful, including fish species present and site amenities.  Through Pier Michigan, the Great Lakes Fishery Trust will continue to increase the impact it has on recreational fishing in Michigan by exposing an increasing number of people to the recreational opportunities provided by our Great Lakes fishery assets.

Board Decision Year: 2010
Michigan United Conservation Clubs (Lansing) Eichinger, Dan (eichingerd@michigan.gov) Completed $110,787.00
1162 Evaluating the success of new rock ramp fish passages and prioritization of tributaries for barrier removals in the Saginaw Bay watershed

Construction of fish passages are rapidly becoming the dominant initiatives associated with Great Lakes fishery and ecosystem restoration. Assessment of the success and impacts of these activities on fish is, however, lacking. The project was designed to 1) evaluate the success of a recently built (Shiawassee River) and a pending (Cass River) rock ramp fish passage, 2) prioritize regional rivers for future restoration activities, and (3) quantify changes in the river habitat and fish assemblage composition.

Board Decision Year: 2010
Central Michigan University - Biology (Mt. Pleasant) Galarowicz, Tracy (galar1tl@cmich.edu) Completed $257,430.00
1159 Implementing Great Lakes Restoration

This project improved Great Lakes health by setting up a small grants program in order to implement restoration strategies with the help of local organizations.

Board Decision Year: 2010
National Wildlife Federation - Great Lakes Regional Office (Ann Arbor) Buchsbaum, Andy (buchsbaum@nwf.org) Completed $100,000.00
1158 Inter-laboratory testing for field validation of diagnostic methods to detect and quantify Renibacterium salmoninarum

A lack of standardized methods to detect the salmonid pathogen Renibacterium salmoninarum (Rs) makes comparison of data among Great Lakes (GL) agencies difficult. Laboratory validation of Rs detection methods was recently completed, but field validation studies are needed to assess performance of laboratory-validated (LV) methods among different GL laboratories. The project has two main objectives: 1) training of GL laboratories with LV Rs detection methods and 2) inter-laboratory comparisons of LV Rs detection methods

Board Decision Year: 2010
Western Fisheries Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey - Fish Health Section (Seattle) Elliott, Diane (diane_elliott@usgs.gov) Completed $238,396.00
1152 The role of tributaries and river plumes as nursery areas for yellow perch and round gobies in Lake Michigan

To test hypotheses, researchers (1) collected water samples from river plumes and adjacent nonplume areas in southeastern Lake Michigan to compare their physical, chemical, and biotic conditions; (2) estimated the movement of larval fish from tributaries into Lake Michigan; (3) compared the densities, diets, and growth rates of the three species in different areas; and (4) evaluated the extent to which later-stage fish used tributaries and river plumes as early life habitats.

Board Decision Year: 2010
Purdue University - Dept. of Forestry and Nat. Resources (West Lafayette) Hook, Tomas (thook@purdue.edu) Completed $384,972.00
1147 Emerging Flavobacterium spp. in the Great Lakes Basin: Identification and Assessment of Their Impacts on Fish Health

This study identified flavobacteria associated with fish mortality events and determined the potential routes they use to reach fish propagated in hatcheries. Surprisingly, multiple novel flavobacteria were isolated that were never described before, while others were similar to those reported from remote geographic areas (e.g., Antarctica).Evidence suggests that a few of these novel flavobacteria are vertically transmitted, a matter that requires proper management within hatcheries.Data produced from this GLFT-funded study provides the means to decrease flavobacterial transmission by selecting effective chemotherapeutants and biosecurity practices.

Board Decision Year: 2010
Michigan State University - Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation (East Lansing) Faisal, Mohamed (healthyfish@cvm.msu.edu) Completed $220,674.00
1140 The GRAND Learning Network: Phase II for Continuation of the Mid-Michigan, Grand River Watershed Regional Hub

Board Decision Year: 2010
Michigan State University - Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies (E. Lansing) Dann, Shari L. (sldann@anr.msu.edu) Completed $168,100.12
1137 Great Waters Refresher Institute for Journalists

The Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources (IJNR) offered a "refresher training" program, that expanded the issue-based knowledge of experienced journalists about major ecological and natural resource challenges facing Lake Michigan and the four other Great Lakes.

Board Decision Year: 2010
Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources (Missoula) Allen, Frank (frank.allen@ijnr.org) Completed $17,625.00
1136 Great Lakes Leadership Academy

GLLA prepares diverse groups of leaders to become active, effective stewards of Michigan's natural resources and advocates for strategies that support sustainability.

Board Decision Year: 2010
Michigan State University - Great Lakes Leadership Academy (East Lansing) Pontz, Vicki (pontzv@msu.edu) Completed $100,000.00
1135 Lake Carrier Ballast Water Treatment Installation - Engineering, Design, and Regulatory Review of Lay Berth Outfitting

This project funded the engineering of a biocide treatment system developed specifically for Great Lakes shipping needs on a specific ship with the largest pumping capacities in a timely manner to inform the USCG rulemaking process.

Board Decision Year: 2009
National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation (Houghton) Brady, Carol (selectcb@aol.com) Completed $78,200.00
1134 Explore the Shores: Expanding Recreational Access for All to the Great Lakes Fisheries-Rainbow Bend

Explore the Shores is the implementation of a vital component of Manistee County's visioning process: providing more recreational access to the Great Lakes fishery for people of all ages and abilities. The project was built on four themes: 1) water stewardship; 2) the life cycles of native and non-native migratory fish species; 3) "teach a person to fish;" and 4) the importance of universal access to citizens’ quality of life and economic well-being.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Manistee County Community Foundation (Manistee) Heintzelman, Laura (lheintzelman@manisteefoundation.org) Completed $135,476.00
1133 Explore the Shores: Expanding Recreational Access for All to the Great Lakes Fisheries-Bear Creek

Explore the Shores is the implementation of a vital component of Manistee County's visioning process--providing increased recreational access to the Great Lakes fishery for people of all ages and abilities. The project was built on four themes: 1) water stewardship; 2) the life cycles of native and non-native migratory fish species; 3) "teach a person to fish;" and 4) the importance of universal access to our quality of life and economic well-being.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Manistee County Community Foundation (Manistee) Heintzelman, Laura (lheintzelman@manisteefoundation.org) Completed $122,948.00
1129 Restoring fishery resources in the upper Great Lakes: Enhancing research capacity at Lake Superior State University

LSSU’s Aquatic Research Lab (ARL) has experienced tremendous growth in fisheries research and education over the past decade. However, the facility can no longer meet current demands. This proposal seeks funding to help enhance the ARL’s facilities to address demands for timely fish disease information and fisheries research in the upper Great Lakes. The requested funding is part of a larger project to expand classroom space, outreach, and enhance rearing and analytical testing facilities.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Lake Superior State University (Sault Ste. Marie) Moerke, Ashley (amoerke@lssu.edu) Active $450,000.00
1126 Grand Traverse Regional Hub for Place-Based Education

This Implementation Plan describes the proposed activities for the new Grand Traverse Regional Hub for Place-Based Education as part of the Great Lakes Fishery Trust's Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative. The Implementation Plan incorporates the needs and capacities of a variety of academic and community partners in the region that are eager to incorporate sustained professional development for teachers, school-community partnerships and place-based education into their work…with an ultimate goal of Great Lakes stewardsh

Board Decision Year: 2009
Grand Traverse Conservation District (Traverse City) Masterson-Bzdok, Colleen (cmasterson@gtcd.org) Completed $149,461.00
1124 Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Gateway Fishing Access Facility

The Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC) is requesting financial support to construct a fishing access facility at the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Gateway. Construction documents for this facility were developed through funds awarded by the GLFT in 2008. This proposal seeks funding for the remaining two phases of this project: construction of the fishing access facility and design / construction of a restroom facility adjacent to the new fishing facility.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC) (Detroit) Egelton, Jody (egelton@semcog.org) Completed $600,000.00
1122 Explore the Shores: Expanding Recreational Access for All to the Great Lakes Fisheries-Bar Lake Outlet

Explore the Shores is the implementation of a vital component of Manistee County's visioning process: providing increased recreational access to the Great Lakes fishery for people of all ages and abilities. The project is built on four themes: 1) water stewardship; 2) the life cycles of native and non-native migratory fish species; 3) "teach a person to fish;" and 4) the importance of universal access to our quality of life and economic well-being.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Manistee County Community Foundation (Manistee) Heintzelman, Laura (lheintzelman@manisteefoundation.org) Completed $81,488.00
1114 Great Lakes Environmental News Service

This project developed a plan to expand an environmental news service operated by the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University. Through this effort, the project team  developed and evaluated strategies to garner greater support from Great Lakes funders, and enhance partnerships with news organizations to distribute content. The project team also examined  funding models and structures of other nonprofit news services.

Board Decision Year: 2009
David Poulson - Knight Center for Environmental Journalism (East Lansing) Detjen, James (detjen@msu.edu) Completed $9,939.36
1113 MUCC’s MOOD U: The Science of Great Lakes Fisheries/Aquatic Resources Management

MUCC’s Institute for Conservation Education (ICE) increased awareness and understanding of the biological, economic, and social science supporting natural resources management decisions to ultimately motivate citizens of all ages to move from education to active and dedicated stewardship of Michigan’s natural resources.

Board Decision Year: 2009
Michigan United Conservation Clubs (Lansing) Trotter, Amy (atrotter@mucc.org) Completed $90,500.00