# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
1821 Upper Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative - Base Funding Proposal: Second Year Funding

The GLFT supported the Superior Watershed Partnership as one of the nine Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI) hubs throughout the state. In partnership with the Seaborg Center at Northern Michigan University, the Superior Watershed Partnership and the Upper GLSI offered professional development for educators and supported place-based stewardship projects for K-12 students in Alger, Delta, Marquette, and Schoolcraft Counties. The Upper GLSI worked to promote school-community partnerships that engaged communities in project efforts and strengthened stewardship impacts among students. GLFT funding during the project period directly supported 53 total hours of professional development for 28 educators and provided project support for 550 students.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Superior Watershed Partnership (Marquette) Hanson, Abbie ([email protected]) Completed $72,500.00
1818 Tippy South River Bank Rehabilitation and Access Improvement

The Manistee River, below Tippy Dam (Wellston, MI), is a federally designated Wild And Scenic River and supports robust fish populations and critical habitat for wild and native species such as Lake Sturgeon. Due to the abundant angler opportunities the site provides, excessive bank erosion has occurred, leading to bank instability, sedimentation and hazardous access. The project team seeks to restore the stream bank and improve angler access at the south bank of the river.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Trout Unlimited (Arlington ) Geist, Jeremy ([email protected]) Completed $50,000.00
1817 Increasing Urban Shore-based Fishing Access on the Cheboygan River

To facilitate the design and engineering of seven accessible fishing piers along the Cheboygan River in downtown Cheboygan, Michigan, the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council formed a workgroup and engaged the public. The piers will provide accessible, safe access along an area that is hazardous to get to, difficult to fish, and eroding from foot traffic.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (Petoskey) Keson, Caroline ([email protected]) Completed $25,000.00
1814 Black River Park Fish Cleaning Station

The City of South Haven constructed a no-fee, modern, ADA-compliant fish cleaning station in Black River Park to support shore-based angling along the Black River and Lake Michigan. The facility contains a washing station, commercial sprayers, draining racks, and cutting boards for anglers. The station is supported by other amenities at the park, including a restroom, boat launch, and fishing platform, making the station a convenient, high-utility feature.

Board Decision Year: 2018
City of South Haven (South Haven ) Hosier, Kate ([email protected]) Completed $150,000.00
1809 Elmwood Marina Fish Cleaning Station

Elmwood Charter Township has completed the first phase of its land-based redevelopment of the Elmwood Township Marina on West Grand Traverse Bay. The project, phase one of the redevelopment project, included the construction of a fish cleaning station featuring four cleaning tables and a restroom underneath a pavilion near the marina’s boat launch. The station is open to the public at no cost with nearby parking available.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Elmwood Township (Traverse City) Kopriva, Sara ([email protected]) Completed $99,660.00
1806 Investigating infectious diseases as a “bottleneck” to lake whitefish (coregonus clupeaformis) recruitment

Lake whitefish declines in the four lower Great Lakes (GL) have alarmed GL fishery managers, commercial/tribal fisherman, and the public alike. This research seeks to clarify the role that infectious fish diseases play in decreasing the survival of young lake whitefish and determine routes by which such infections spread from parents to offspring. If funded, study results will help identify viable management solutions and guide future research to improve the health of GL lake whitefish.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Michigan State University - Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation (East Lansing) Loch, Thomas ([email protected]) Active $132,056.50
1805 The Pigeon River Trout Habitat Assessment Project

The Pigeon River is a coldwater stream located in Ottawa County, Michigan. This river has a history of fluctuating water quality due to sedimentation, nutrient loading, and hydrologic instability from drainage conditions. The Ottawa Conservation District inventoried 93 road-stream crossings and conducted stream habitat assessments and macroinvertebrate sampling on ten locations throughout the Pigeon River.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Ottawa Conservation District (Grand Haven) Jordan, Benjamin ([email protected]) Completed $14,546.30
1801 Restoring Lake Michigan's Globally Rare Ground-Fed Cold-water Streams

Conservation Resource Alliance expanded both its holistic approach to watershed management and its service area by completing a road-stream crossing inventory on the Lincoln River watershed. CRA also worked with project partners at the Mason-Lake Conservation District to stabilize the single largest streambank erosion site in the entire Pere Marquette watershed. CRA also restored complete connectivity to a Pere Marquette tributary, Blood Creek, an intact headwaters and wetland complex valued for its pristine aquatic habitat.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Conservation Resource Alliance (Traverse City ) Davis, Kira ([email protected]) Completed $100,500.00
1799 Beaumont Property, North Point Peninsula

The Nature Conservancy requests GLFT funding for fee acquisition of 1,384 acres on the North Point Peninsula near Alpena, including over four miles of Lake Huron coastline. In providing a unique opportunity to preserve and protect a rare mixture of ecological, economic, recreational and educational values in one project, this acquisition achieves the GLFT priorities of preserving essential habitat, particularly important fish habitats, with a possible opportunity to increase their availability to the public.

Board Decision Year: 2018
The Nature Conservancy - Protection (Lansing) Tuzinsky, Ricahrd ([email protected]) Active $100,000.00
1798 Reconnecting the North Branch of the Platte River

Reconnecting the North Branch of the Platte River is a comprehensive effort to replace outdated crossings at the prioritized sites of #PLT-P3, P5, P10 on the largest, high quality tributary to the Platte mainstem. Partners have completed site surveys and are well underway with design, proposing to build a timber bridge, bottomless arch and recessed culvert to ensure natural channel conditions and provide passage for all aquatic species at all life stages and stream flows.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Conservation Resource Alliance - Grandview Plaza Building (Traverse City) Balke, Kimberly ([email protected]) Completed $100,000.00
1792 Kids Creek Stream Corridor Restoration Project

This project will improve natural stream function and in-stream habitat on a 5,400-foot section of Kids Creek with the overall goal of removing it from the State of Michigan's Impaired Waters List. Project will install woody debris and riffle-pool enhancements, connect the stream to its floodplain, replace a culvert restricting hydrologic flow, and narrow the stream channel using natural, bioengineering techniques, all of which will benefit desirable macroinvertebrate species as well as Brook Trout populations.

Board Decision Year: 2019
The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay (Traverse City) U'Ren, Sarah ([email protected]) Completed $100,000.00
1791 Using Genomics to Improve Stock Structure Resolution and Assess Recruitment Dynamics of Lake Whitefish in Lake Michigan

Lake whitefish in Lake Michigan have experienced substantial fluctuations in recruitment and abundance over the last decade and much of this variation appears to be asynchronous across stocks. Genetics represents a powerful tool for stock identification that could facilitate investigation of recruitment dynamics and stock-specific harvest. However, currently available genetic markers are not powerful enough to accurately delineate stocks. Our goal is to use genomic techniques to improve resolution of stock structure in lake whitefish.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Wesley Larson - USGS Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Unit, College of Natural Resources, UW-Stevens Point (Stevens Point) Larson, Wesley ([email protected]) Completed $33,982.52
1785 Characterization of olfactory imprinting to inform restoration of lake sturgeon in the Great Lakes

We postulate that juvenile lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) learn stream-specific odors that may guide homing in spawning adults. By defining how and when olfactory imprinting occurs, we expect to inform existing and future restoration strategies that promote recruitment and genetic diversity for populations of lake sturgeon in the Great Lakes.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Li, Weiming ([email protected]) Active $219,644.80
1783 A comprehensive evaluation and comparison of the food webs of lakes Michigan and Huron using predator diets and stable isotopes

Pelagic prey abundances in lakes Michigan and Huron are declining. Models used to quantify predator-prey balance and inform predator stocking decisions use diet data that are outdated or limited in spatiotemporal scope. We propose to conduct a comprehensive diet and stable isotope study on lakes Huron and Michigan to update and expand the application and scope of diet data. Results from this study will inform fisheries management decisions and stocking policies in both lakes.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Roth, Brian M. ([email protected]) Active $341,334.00
1769 Youth Engagement & Monitoring

The Huron River Watershed Council’s (HRWC) Youth Education and Stewardship involved completing ecology and monitoring activities; applying science, engineering, and math subject matter; and developing life-long stewardship values for Great Lakes water resources.” Students participated in hands-on, placed-based science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in water quality education programs. Students were introduced to scientific principles, the application of classroom learning to real-life scenarios, and stewardship knowledge. 

Board Decision Year: 2018
Huron River Watershed Council (Ann Arbor) Frenzel, Jason ([email protected]) Completed $50,000.00
1768 Building Capacity of Great Lakes Champions

Building Capacity of Great Lakes Champions used place-based stewardship education to develop, implement, and improve new and existing efforts with K–12 schools in the northeast Lower Peninsula. Reaching over 300 students and 26 educators, this project resulted in the development of long-term management plans for school forests and the implementation of stewardship actions related to forest health, marine debris, and green-infrastructure projects.

The project included strong ties to community and conservation needs, met school learning objectives, and resulted in stronger relationships with school administrators that will ensure similar efforts continue in the future. The project took place across four school districts located in Otsego, Alcona, and Arenac Counties.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Huron Pines (Grayling) Zoll, Jennie ([email protected]) Completed $40,000.00
1766 Developing virtual learning opportunities to train citizen scientists about lake sturgeon and coupled Great Lakes-tributary ecosystems

Michigan State University developed the Lake Sturgeon Community Science course that was used by 19 classrooms in four Great Lakes states, focusing on lake sturgeon and Great Lakes tributary ecosystems. Participants learned about Great Lakes tributary communities, interspecies interactions, and human disturbances that affect the sustainability of ecosystem processes and species viability. The project produced underwater video recordings of fish passage into the Black River, educational videos for students, and a graphical interface that allowed students to visualize results. More information can be found on their website: https://www.glsturgeon.com/

Board Decision Year: 2018
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Scribner, Kim ([email protected]) Completed $35,427.00
1763 Whitefish Workshop Paper

Board Decision Year: 2017
Michigan State University - Center for Systems Integration & Sustainability Taylor, Bill ([email protected]) Completed $5,000.00
1762 River Revitalization Education Support

The Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT) provided funding to the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Center for Educational Partnerships in support of the River Revitalization Education (RRES) project, which developed scalable and replicable tools aligned with the Michigan Science Standards/Next Generation Science Standards that will continue to support educators teaching about the Grand River and the associated restoration effort. Groundswell, a hub of the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative housed at the GVSU College of Education, lead the initiative with support from project partners. The RRES grant partners— the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council, Kent Innovation High School, WGVU Public Media, and the GVSU College of Education—subsidized K–12 stewardship projects and outdoor experiences for students, hosted teacher professional development sessions that supported Grand River revitalization efforts, and created multimedia place-based curriculum materials, which are hosted at https://wgvu.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/river-re-wilding-evaluating-impacts-on-ecosystems-and-communities/ and https://www.gvsu.edu/groundswell/lesson-plans-54.htm. The teacher professional development sessions are available on Groundswell’s website and YouTube channel so that educators can continue to benefit from the products of the grant. The RRES grant has created resources that will involve educators and schools in the effort to revitalize the Grand River and create a deeper connection to the river in the broader community.

Board Decision Year: 2017
Grand Valley State University - Center For Educational Partnerships (Grand Rapids) Pelon, Clayton ([email protected]) Completed $65,000.00
1759 Great Lakes Leadership Academy Endowment

Board Decision Year: 2018
Michigan State University - Great Lakes Leadership Academy (East Lansing) Harrison, Ritchie ([email protected]) Completed $100,000.00
1757 Continuation of a Flint Hub for K-12 Place-Based Education 2017-2019: Discovering PLACE Base Funding Application

Board Decision Year: 2017
The Regents of the University of Michigan - U of M - Flint (Flint) Sanker, Leyla ([email protected]) Completed $145,000.00
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 ([email protected]) Completed $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 ([email protected]) 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 ([email protected]) 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 ([email protected]) Completed $145,000.00