# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
1910 Optimizing Great Lakes salmonids and non-salmonid predator game species habitat on the mainstem of the Jordan River

CRA and partners, using tried and true decision policy tools, will design and permit the last two improperly sized and deteriorating road stream crossings on the mainstem of the Jordan River at Jordan River Road, sites #WA-3 and #WA-5, to build on past restoration successes and optimize habitat for a diverse community of aquatic life including naturally reproducing Great Lakes salmonids and non-salmonid predator game species.

Board Decision Year: 2020
Conservation Resource Alliance - Grandview Plaza Building (Traverse City) Balke, Kimberly ([email protected]) Completed $47,000.00
1909 Eastern Upper Peninsula Road/Stream Crossing Inventory and Aquatic Habitat Prioritization

Huron Pines will conduct a comprehensive inventory of road/stream crossings in the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan within the Lake Huron Basin. The project includes compiling past inventory data and conducting inventories at locations that have not previously been surveyed. Inventories will be prioritized by natural resource partners to identify future restoration projects that provide long-term habitat connectivity throughout these watersheds.

Board Decision Year: 2020
Huron Pines (Grayling) Nowakowski, Amy ([email protected]) Completed $37,698.16
1898 Days River Road/Stream Crossing Replacement Site DRT 01

The purpose of this project is the replacement of the existing 24" diameter culverts with 87" X 63" Aluminized Steel Pipe Arch Culverts at 2 locations on Days River Road. The proposed structures will provide natural stream beds, reduce velocities and result in improved passage for aquatic organisms and a reduction in sediment. An additional culvert under an abandoned trail will be removed contingent upon permission by the Property Owner (State of Michigan).

Board Decision Year: 2020
Delta County Road Commission (Escanaba) Roseman, Nancy ([email protected]) Completed $42,901.84
1895 Application of a framework to quantify flow of energy pathways to Great Lakes prey fish

Great Lakes fisheries management requires a clear understanding of energy flow within Great Lakes food webs. This project will integrate spatially-explicit estimates of prey fish resource use and biomass to quantify energy flow from nearshore and offshore food resources to prey fish in Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Green Bay, and Saginaw Bay. Results will provide managers with novel information to balance predator and prey populations, achieve Fish Community Objectives, and restore populations of native fish.

Board Decision Year: 2020
University of Wyoming - Zoology and Physiology (Laramie) Fetzer, William ([email protected]) Active $288,341.00
1892 Predicting health hazards to Great Lakes fish from PFAS contamination

Perfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) are impacting fish and wildlife species across the world. Great Lakes fish are contaminated with these substances but it is unclearhow these compounds affect the health of individual fish and populations. There are too many PFAS to test appropriately, so we propose to validate a predictive framework that models the binding of various PFAS on Great Lakes fish immune proteins and then tests the impact on fish health in disease challenge

Board Decision Year: 2020
Michigan State University - Fisheries and Wildlife Murphy, Cheryl ([email protected]) Active $252,761.68
1885 Stock structure and interactions of Lake Whitefish in Grand Traverse Bay and adjacent areas of Lake Michigan

Management of Lake Whitefish harvest in Lake Michigan assumes that different stocks do not mix during the fishing season, but validation of this assumption has been difficult using conventional mark-recapture studies. Therefore, in this study, year-round acoustic tracking of 200 individual Lake Whitefish was used to describe stock-specific movement patterns, which will help fishery managers improve estimates of stock abundance that are used to recommend harvest levels.

Board Decision Year: 2020
Great Lakes Fishery Commission (Ann Arbor) Domeracki, Stephen ([email protected]) Active $465,592.00
1877 Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Framework - Marketing

Board Decision Year: 2019
The Regents of the University of Michigan - School of Natural Resources and Environment (Ann Arbor) Riseng, Catherine ([email protected]) Active $7,940.00
1876 Sterling State Park Fishing Pier

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will construct an accessible fishing pier at Sterling State Park for the purposes of provide a safe and accessible public fishing location. A former fishing pier was removed in 2015 due to ice damage. Installation of a new pier will provide improved capacity for fishing programming at this popular fishery.

Board Decision Year: 2019
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Parks and Recreation Division (Lansing) Lincoln, Matt ([email protected]) Active $170,000.00
1875 Increasing Urban Shore-Based Fishing Access in the Cheboygan River: Construction Phase

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. From designs created with public input, project proposes to construct two of seven planned fishing piers, adjacent lighting, and connecting paths. The piers will provide a destination for shore-based fishing using universal access and reduce erosion from foot traffic.

Board Decision Year: 2019
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (Petoskey) Keson, Caroline ([email protected]) Active $324,172.63
1873 Exploring development of a regional policy for regulating environmental dredging windows in Lake Michigan: A two-day symposium

Board Decision Year: 2019
Great Lakes Commission (Ann Arbor) Crane, Thomas ([email protected]) Completed $15,000.00
1870 North Branch Boardman River Connectivity and Subwatersheds Inventory Project

Following the largest dam removal project in Michigan’s history, which concluded in 2019 on the Boardman River, Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA) initiated road-stream crossing work in the headwaters of the North Branch Boardman River. CRA worked with partners to complete a design for a new bridge crossing and inventory of all crossings in the Boardman watershed and neighboring Grand Traverse Bay feeder streams of Mitchell, Acme, Yuba, and Tobeco Creeks.

Board Decision Year: 2019
Conservation Resource Alliance - Grandview Plaza Building (Traverse City) Shook, DJ ([email protected]) Completed $97,500.00
1869 Sand Creek Habitat Assessment Project

Sand Creek is a coldwater stream located in Michigan’s Ottawa and Kent Counties. It is designated as a trout stream by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) but has a history of impairments due to flow regime alterations and sedimentation. The Ottawa Conservation District conducted an inventory of all road-stream crossings in the Sand Creek watershed and a habitat assessment at key locations and identified areas of concern where future restoration efforts may be beneficial.

Board Decision Year: 2019
Ottawa Conservation District (Grand Haven) Jordan, Benjamin ([email protected]) Completed $14,655.42
1867 Healing the Bear: Engineering Alternatives for the Lake Street Dam

The Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council completed an engineering alternatives study for the lowermost barrier on the Bear River, the largest tributary to Little Traverse Bay. Potential alternatives for the Lake Street Dam were assessed and included complete or partial removal, modification, or no change. Project partners conducted community engagement efforts to solicit support, receive feedback on potential design alternatives, and highlight the connection between the Great Lakes fishery and coastal tributaries. The study will serve as the basis for prioritizing future management of the dam.

Board Decision Year: 2019
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (Petoskey) Buchanan, Jennifer ([email protected]) Completed $50,494.40
1864 Coldwater Conservation: Thunder Bay River Watershed

This project will benefit brook trout and other aquatic species by reconnecting 89.6 upstream miles of critical coldwater habitat in the upper Thunder Bay River Watershed by replacing five undersized road/stream crossing structures with timber bridges. These project locations were identified as top priorities based on the comprehensive inventory of road/stream crossings completed in 2018 with Great Lakes Fishery Trust support. This work restores a suite of natural river processes while improving local road infrastructure.

Board Decision Year: 2019
Huron Pines (Grayling) Leisen, Josh ([email protected]) Active $213,534.00
1860 Quantifying the importance of multiple nursery habitats to alewife population recruitment and resilience in Lake Michigan.

Board Decision Year: 2019
Purdue University - Dept. of Forestry and Nat. Resources (West Lafayette) Hook, Tomas ([email protected]) Active $299,453.63
1850 A Long-Term Assessment of Adult Lake Sturgeon Returns From Streamside Rearing Using Passive PIT Tag Antennas

Board Decision Year: 2019
Little River Band of Ottawa Indians - Natural Resource Department (Manistee) Martell, Archie ([email protected]) Active $202,580.00
1849 Assessing the Contribution of Wild Chinook Salmon from Lakes Michigan and Huron to the Lake Michigan Sport Fishery Using Otolith Microchemistry

Board Decision Year: 2019
Michigan State University - Fisheries and Wildlife Robinson, Kelly ([email protected]) Active $131,129.00
1838 Importance of food and predators to Lake Whitefish and Cisco recruitment in Lake Michigan

Since the early 2000s, Lake Whitefish (LWF) populations in Lake Michigan have declined whereas Cisco populations have increased. Changes in food resources coupled with differential vulnerability to predators may have negatively affected LWF recruitment and positively influenced Cisco. We will examine the spatio-temporal variability in nearshore zooplankton resources and the dietary preferences and growth of larval fish in situ. Laboratory experiments will highlight reactions of each species to food availability and vulnerability to nearshore predators.

Board Decision Year: 2019
Central Michigan University - Biology (Mt. Pleasant) McNaught, Scott ([email protected]) Active $207,585.00
1837 Northview Outdoor Learning Initiative

Northview Public School District designed a new teaching curriculum for grades 4–6 that provides an integrated, multidisciplinary learning experience that places Great Lakes stewardship and outdoor learning at the center of the student’s experience. Every student who progresses through Northview Public Schools will have outdoor learning and environmental education experiences as part of their developmental pathway into being active and informed citizens.


Board Decision Year: 2019
Northview Public Schools (Grand Rapids) Cotter, Liz ([email protected]) Completed $80,100.00
1836 Wild Indigo Watershed Community Leadership Initiative

Audubon Great Lakes’ Wild Indigo Nature Explorations program fostered community appreciation of wetland ecology and restoration along the Detroit River. This project conducted a series of events that, via community science, recreation, and stewardship, developed a deeper connection to wildlife along the upper Detroit River. With the help of community partners, a local Detroit Wild Indigo coordinator led a cohort of ten teen interns and two young-adult fellows to advocate for healthy watersheds in the region through community stewardship.

Board Decision Year: 2019
Audubon Great Lakes (Chicago) Peters, Troy ([email protected]) Completed $50,836.21
1834 Outdoor Adventure Center Great Lakes Fisheries Learning Program

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in partnership with the Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition (SEMIS Coalition), implemented an integrated education program in Detroit serving middle and high-school students, focusing on fish and fisheries management in the Detroit River and Great Lakes region. The program consisted of the SEMIS Coalition Summer Institute, an outreach visit to schools by DNR staff, a field trip to the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, and an outdoor-experience field trip. More information can be found at: https://www.michigan.gov/oac/0,5736,7-329-68732_95081---,00.html

Board Decision Year: 2019
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Parks and Recreation Division (Lansing) Lincoln, Matt ([email protected]) Completed $32,212.60
1828 Fostering Great Lakes Stewards from Forest to Fen

Huron Pines provided programming for people of all ages to get them outside and experiencing nature, engaging in habitat management, and contributing to data collection. Huron Pines conducted two program areas for this effort, Experiencing Nature and Habitat Monitoring.

Experiencing Nature consisted of connecting people to nature through events such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, nature observation, and water quality sampling.

Habitat Monitoring included trainings about invasive-species removal and monitoring, data-collection protocols, forest habitat monitoring, and rare native plant protection.

  • Experiencing Nature events

    • Eighteen events were held (nine in person and nine virtual) that reached 359 people.

  • Habitat Monitoring events

    • Seven habitat monitoring events were held (three in person, three virtual, one hybrid) that reached 92 people.


Board Decision Year: 2019
Huron Pines (Grayling) Vogelgesang, Emily ([email protected]) Completed $40,966.00
1827 Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council Water Resource Education Programs

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council will continue to foster millennial stewards in Northern Michigan using the successes of the middle school Water Resources Education Program to provide local students with comprehensive water resources education and experiences. The program will increase student knowledge and provide them with opportunities to improve local water resources through place-based projects and monitoring.

Board Decision Year: 2019
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (Petoskey) Baker, Elijah ([email protected]) Active $33,000.00
1823 Great Lakes Stewardship to Stop Asian Carp

The National Wildlife Federation and our partners will expand our successful Asian carp communications campaign to broaden our base of support and convert this into implementation of the Brandon Road plan (Plan). To do so, we will: 1) Ramp up communications as critical deadlines approach; 2) Develop and deploy solution-oriented messaging in addition to building awareness; and 3) Expand our geographic focus to constituencies in the Ohio and Mississippi River Basins that are currently impacted by Asian carp by supporting control and eradication strategies. We are seeking a major increased investment from the GLFT to double down our efforts to ensure that the Brandon Road plan is finalized.

Board Decision Year: 2018
National Wildlife Federation - Great Lakes Regional Office (Ann Arbor) Smith, Marc ([email protected]) Completed $400,000.00
1822 Feasibility of Rehabilitating and Supplementing Fisheries by Stocking Lake Whitefish in the Upper Great Lakes

We propose to synthesize available information in a desktop study to evaluate the feasibility of stocking lake whitefish to rehabilitate or supplement fisheries in the Great Lakes. This will involve determination of likely numbers that would need to be stocked at different stages to have substantial benefits and the resources required to produce those numbers of fish to stock.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Quantitative Fisheries Center, Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Bence, Jim ([email protected]) Completed $19,999.84