# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
1920 Discovery Pier Fishing Access Improvements

Discovery Center Great Lakes is in the midst of a multi-phase project to transform an old city-owned coal dock into a recreational amenity. This project greatly enhances public fishing access by creating universally accessible parking and pedestrian access to the east wall of the pier where sheeting piling has been modified to withstand higher water levels and railing with rod holders were installed. All features were designed and constructed using universal access principles.


Board Decision Year: 2020
Discovery Center Great Lakes (Traverse City) McDonough, Matt ([email protected]) Completed $295,147.00
1919 Universal Great Lakes Fishery Access at Platte River Park

Development of two universally accessible fishing platforms and amenities at Homestead Township’s new 52-acre Platte River Park with over 1,550 feet of river access. These platforms will provide outstanding access for people of all ages, needs and abilities to fish for migratory Great Lakes species, including coho salmon and steelhead trout and learn about the fish, flora and fauna in and along the river and Great Lakes as well as the importance of environmental stewardship.

Board Decision Year: 2020
Homestead Township (Honor) Cooley, Tia ([email protected]) Active $267,745.50
1917 Customized data carriage for fully automated environmental data sampling at FishPass

We propose to construct, install, and commission a programmable, full width, 3-axis data carriage at the FishPass Project located on the Boardman River, Traverse City, MI (http://www.glfc.org/fishpass.php).  The carriage will facilitate rapid and consistent collection of environmental data in support of selective fish passage research coordinated by the FishPass Advisory Board.  The carriage will be custom fabricated and outfitted with numerous environmental (e.g., velocity, temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH) and fish movement (e.g., sonar, telemetry) sensors.

Board Decision Year: 2020
Great Lakes Fishery Commission (Ann Arbor) Zielinski, Daniel ([email protected]) Active $242,000.00
1916 Transfer of: Using Genomics to Improve Stock Structure Resolution and Assess Recruitment Dynamics of Lake Whitefish in Lake Michigan

Board Decision Year: 2018
University of Alaska Fairbanks - College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (Juneau) McPhee, Megan ([email protected]) Completed $118,751.99
1913 Pere Marquette River Railroad Embankment Restoration Project

The Pere Marquette is a Blue Ribbon Trout Stream and a popular fishery for steelhead, salmon, brook and brown trout. The mainstem has a severely eroding streambank 350' long partially within a railroad right-of-way that has been continuously slumping the last 10 years. Conservation Resource Alliance, PM Watershed Council, PM Trout Unlimited and AECOM are in the final design phase working towards stabilizing this site with fieldstone, plantings, large wood habitat, and floodplain bench restoration.

Board Decision Year: 2020
Conservation Resource Alliance - Grandview Plaza Building (Traverse City) Balke, Kimberly ([email protected]) Completed $100,000.00
1911 Little Manistee River Fish Cover Design

The proposed project is intended to restore habitat for aquatic biota, especially salmonid, in a reach of the Little Manistee River to a more natural, historic condition utilizing large wood and other natural materials. The proposed work is consistent with the work the Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA) has accomplished in its 50 year history in rivers of northwest Lower Michigan.

Board Decision Year: 2020
Conservation Resource Alliance - Grandview Plaza Building (Traverse City) Winkler, Nate ([email protected]) Completed -
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) Ives, Jessica ([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]) Completed -
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) Dey, Lauren ([email protected]) Completed $324,101.60
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 has benefited 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 restored a suite of natural river processes while improving local road infrastructure.

Board Decision Year: 2019
Huron Pines (Grayling) Leisen, Josh ([email protected]) Completed $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 - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Brenden, Travis O. ([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 $223,665.00
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 continued 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 increased student knowledge and provided 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]) Completed $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

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
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]) Completed $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]) Completed $100,000.00
1798 Reconnecting the North Branch of the Platte River

Reconnecting the North Branch of the Platte River was 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 design, and built 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 hypothesized that juvenile lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) learn stream-specific odors that may guide homing in spawning adults. After defining how and when olfactory imprinting occurs, we are able 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]) Completed $217,128.57
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]) Completed $337,223.45
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