# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
1023 Jordan River Electrical Weir Removal Project

The project removed a wooden box structure running the width of the river, a wooden retaining wall at each end of the structure, an adjacent generator shed and underground wiring, and fencing around the area. Banks and other areas of the site were restored. Removal of the barrier reconnected the lower two miles of stream with the upper 21 miles of river.

Board Decision Year: 2008
Conservation Resource Alliance - Grandview Plaza Building (Traverse City) Balke, Kimberly ([email protected]) Completed $25,000.00
1020 Fourth Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference

The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition which administers the Healthy Lakes, Healthy Lives public awareness campaign was launched with the generous support of the Wege Foundation and Peter Wege, a Michigan philanthropist and former CEO of Steelcase Inc. Since its inception in 1968, the Wege Foundation has supported a number of causes, including the environment, education, health care and community development.

Board Decision Year: 2008
National Wildlife Federation - Great Lakes Regional Office (Ann Arbor) Grubb, Chris ([email protected]) Completed $10,000.00
1019 Great Lakes Urban Habitat Restoration Symposium

The focus of the symposium was on habitat restoration in urban areas. The urban nearshore zone, with over 17,000 kilometers, is heavily stressed by habitat alterations associated with increasing populations, heavy industry, commercial navigation, and pollution. Despite the immense importance of the nearshore region and the major economic return it provides, scientists and policymakers know very little about how and why problems emerge or how to mitigate them. Moreover, while significant funding is available for restoring urban nearshore and riverine areas, the knowledge of how do to so—and the ultimate affect of restoration efforts—was less developed than it should be. Through this symposium, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission shared technical knowledge, coordinated these existing efforts to maximize the effectiveness of work being done, and improved attendees’ ability to define what comprises a successful urban restoration project.

Board Decision Year: 2008
Great Lakes Fishery Commission (Ann Arbor) Read, Jennifer ([email protected]) Completed $5,000.00
1017 Great Lakes Education Collaborative

The grant funded the AGL to establish the Great Lakes Education Collaborative (GLEC). The goal of the Great Lakes Education Collaborative (GLEC) is to promote and expand Great Lakes education and stewardship in the eight Great Lakes states. As a result of the grant, GLEC developed:
*A structure for the GLEC including goals and strategies
*The membership of the GLEC to include at least 15 formal and non-formal education organizations representing six of the Great Lakes states (short of the eight proposed)
*A sustainability plan (goals, strategies, budget) that promotes place-based education (PBE) among the members of the collaborative as an effective strategy to lead to stewardship and lay the groundwork for expanding the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI) beyond Michigan
*A “funder-ready” proposal as a pilot test of the structure emerging for the GLEC over the course of the grant.

Board Decision Year: 2008
Alliance for the Great Lakes (Chicago) Smith, Stephanie ([email protected]) Completed $89,845.33
0986 Fate of the Boardman River Dams

This multi-year grant supported the process to determine the future of four dams on the Boardman River and helped build the capacity of organizations' involvement with the management of the river's watershed.

Board Decision Year: 2008
Rotary Camps and Services - Rotary Charities of Traverse City (Traverse City) Smith, Marsha ([email protected]) Completed $141,572.95
0973 Preparing for Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region

This workshop assessed adaptation needs for climate change in the Great Lakes region and began the development of strategies for addressing those needs in decision making. The workshop was designed to provide the Great Lakes funding and policy communities with the latest information on climate impacts on the Great Lakes region and at the same time suggest the most fruitful areas to pursue resource management, policy, and science initiatives around Great Lakes adaptation needs.

Board Decision Year: 2008
University of Michigan - School of Natural Resources and Environment (Ann Arbor) Scavia, Don ([email protected]) Completed $9,549.23
0972 Mortality and Recruitment Mechanisms Affecting Early Life Stages of Lake Sturgeon Population in Lake Michigan

Protection and rehabilitation of lake sturgeon in the Great Lakes requires an understanding of the relationship among mortality and recruitment factors. As a result, there is a need to identify and quantify the sources of mortality that act on early life stages and determine how they influence lake sturgeon populations. This research will aid recovery efforts for lake sturgeon populations in Lake Michigan by examining these parameters within the context of ongoing and future rehabilitation activities.

Board Decision Year: 2005
University of Alaska Fairbanks - School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (Fairbanks) Sutton, Trent ([email protected]) Completed $104,025.51
0970 A Voyage to Protect and Restore the Great Lakes

The Healing Our Waters® – Great Lakes Coalition used the grant fund for a public education initiative by the Great Lakes’ fastest sailboat: the Earthvoyager. This 60-foot ship, with a 95-foot tall mast, in the summer of 2008l lead a flotilla of ships through the Great Lakes, stopping at ports throughout its journey for publicity generating events that created awareness of the need to restore the Great Lakes.

Board Decision Year: 2008
National Wildlife Federation - Great Lakes Regional Office (Ann Arbor) Lubetkin, Jordan ([email protected]) Completed $20,000.00
0966 Characterization of the Adaptive Potential of Lake Michigan Chinook Salmon to Resist Disease in the Presence of Environmental Stressors

The project characterized the genetic basis for survival following Renibacterium salmoninarum (Rs) infection in a Lake Michigan population of Chinook (Chk) salmon. Plasticity of Rs survival were evaluated in the presence of a model environmental variable. A second project goal was to validate biomarkers associated with disease prognosis. Results provided insight into the ability of Lake Michigan Chk to respond and adapt to Rs and will form the foundation for future studies aimed at identifying genes.

Board Decision Year: 2008
Western Fisheries Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey - Fish Health Section (Seattle) Elliott, Diane ([email protected]) Completed $373,152.00
0962 Evaluation of Lake Trout Spawning Habitat at Lake Michigan's Mid-Lake Reef Complex

Lake Michigan's Mid-Lake Reef Complex (MLRC) was a very important spawning area for indigenous lake trout. Techniques developed for a concluding (June 2008) GLFT project demonstrate distinct smaller sub-reefs within each main reef, each with eggs deposited and sac-fry produced, of statistically distinguishable egg deposition densities. This study provided a more complete assessment of the MLRC's total spawning habitat by a targeted search for additional sub-reefs.

Board Decision Year: 2008
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Great Lakes WATER Institute (Milwaukee) Janssen, John ([email protected]) Completed $299,424.00
0961 Enhancement of PIT Tag Dectection Capabilities

This project builds on the recently funded Sturgeon Tag Identification Database, by providing PIT tag reading capabilities to agencies and partners that frequently encounter lake sturgeon. With the increased number of individuals having PIT tag detection capabilities and by using the PIT Tag Identification Database, information sharing will improve for recaptured lake sturgeon.

Board Decision Year: 2008
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Alpena Fishery Resources Office (Alpena ) Kowalski, Adam ([email protected]) Completed $17,575.00
0960 Habitat or Food? The Demise of the Benthic Food Web in Lake Michigan

Diporeia, a critical fish food, has declined in Lake Michigan. Dreissenid-driven changes in algal density and species composition are cited as probable causes, but there may be other reasons. Paleolimnological analysis of the sediment record will document whether a loss of lipid-rich diatoms was associated with the influx of dreissenids. Examination of the diets of Diporeia before and after the dreissenid influx from Lakes Michigan and Superior will confirm or refute mussels as the likely cause of the Diporeia decline.

Board Decision Year: 2008
Science Museum of Minnesota - St. Croix Watershed Research Station (Marine on St. Croix) Edlund, Mark ([email protected]) Completed $148,008.00
0950 Assessing Lake Michigan Salmonine Stocking Policies Using Decision Analysis

Working with Lake Michigan fishery managers and key stakeholders, researchers developed an updated decision model to assess the performance of alternative policies for stocking of salmonine fishes into Lake Michigan. They assembled and analyzed data collected since 2002, especially on alewife recruitment dynamics, and collected new data on Chinook salmon wild recruitment, as well as updated the existing model and expanded it to include all stocked salmonine species.

Board Decision Year: 2008
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Jones, Michael L. ([email protected]) Completed $368,961.54
0940 West Michigan Hub for Place-Based Education & Environmental Stewardship

The West Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative supported the work of 21 teachers and 2,200 students in 10 schools in the region. Seventeen community organizations joined the students and teachers in completing a variety of successful, community-based projects. Professional development for teachers focused on the pedagogy of problem-based learning and inquiry, while capacity-building for community organizations focused on place-based learning and high-performing partnerships with schools. A Youth Environment Symposium (YES!) for the public capped the 2008-09 school year and provided a stage for students to share the results of their work with the community. The hub’s structure features an active advisory council and a committed leadership team that regularly reflects on progress and challenges. The hub used the local media and printed materials to successfully promote its work throughout the region, and kept two other funders appraised of its progress throughout the grant period. This hub applied for and was awarded a continuation grant through the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Muskegon Area Intermediate School District - Regional Mathematics and Science Center (Muskegon) Krebs, Dave ([email protected]) Completed $157,180.06
0939 The GRAND Learning Network: An Implementation Model for Place-Based Great Lakes Stewardship Education in Mid-Michigan

The GRAND Learning Network features a formalized professional learning community of teachers, who thoroughly understand place-based education and Great Lakes stewardship and provides leadership to colleagues. Leadership for the Network’s operation also comes from Michigan State University (the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the College of Education and Natural Science), a practicing K-12 teacher, and a Distinguished Advisory Group. The intended audiences are about 2,000 students and 160 K-12 teachers, representing five school districts in the Greater Lansing area (ranging from rural to urban), and about 10 community organizations. A core group of teachers first developed and then shared tools and resources with their colleagues, who in turn worked with their students to carry out place-based education projects of local relevance.

Board Decision Year: 2008
Michigan State University - Office of Contract & Grant Administration (East Lansing) Brubaker, Robert R. ([email protected]) Completed $197,211.95
0938 Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative

The Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative worked with 46 teachers and their 1,350 students in 11 school buildings (7 districts) during the 2008-09 school year. During the course of the grant period, the number of community partners increased from 13 to 44, including the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College. An ambitious and well-defined plan of professional development for teachers addressed needs in both content and pedagogy. A wide variety of collaborative, community-based projects were completed through mini-grants awarded by the hub to project teams (comprised of community partners and students, teachers, and administrators from participating schools). The hub made excellent progress in addressing the issue of organizational sustainability: Michigan Technological University and the US Forest Service are requesting funding for the initiative as part of their grant applications to other funders; the hub is working to establish an endowment fund at the local community foundation; and the hub is integrating their work with an existing service learning program. The hub’s organizational structure is sound and features written policies and well-defined roles and responsibilities for all participants. This hub applied for and was awarded a continuation grant through the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative.

Board Decision Year: 2007
The Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education - Copper Country Intermediate School District (Hancock) Oppliger, Shawn ([email protected]) Completed $190,362.49
0933 Implementing the Southeastern Michigan Center for Place-Based Education

The Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition initially engaged eight schools, but two of these left the program early on, owing to external circumstances within their districts. Professional development for teachers in the remaining six schools was conducted throughout the grant period, with 14 educators and their students in two school districts slated to field collaborative, community-based projects. The hub focuses on the interconnectedness of ecological, social and cultural systems, and uses ecojustice to frame issues of local importance. In one school, community-based projects centered on the health of neighborhoods and the remediation of brownfields. In the second school, community-based projects related to watershed revitalization. The hub engaged an impressive variety of community organizations, including Matrix Theater Company, National Wildlife Federation, and the Michigan Coalition of Essential Schools. The leadership of the hub is shared by a team of committed people who represent various stakeholders in the work, including a K-12 school administrator, a faculty member at a university, an active community partner, and an expert in K-12 school reform. This hub applied for and was awarded a continuation grant through the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Eastern Michigan University - Office of Research Development (Ypsilanti) Davis, Claresta ([email protected]) Completed $175,089.18
0931 Access to Amenities in Mears State Park

This project provides anglers using the Pentwater Pier and the canal access to amenities within Mears State Park via a concrete walkway that connects to a Corps of Engineers walkway spur.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Parks and Recreation Division (Cadillac) Rife, Troy ([email protected]) Completed $102,253.92
0930 Lake Fanny Hooe Fishing Pier at Fort Wilkins State Park

This project provides new recreational fishing access by constructing a fishing pier on Lake Fanny Hooe, which is connected to Lake Superior.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Parks and Recreation Division (Cheboygan) Cheli, Keith ([email protected]) Completed $133,263.19
0927 Deerlick Creek Park

This grant allowed South Haven Township to purchase 2.1 acres to provide access to 170 feet of Lake Michigan frontage and 0.82 acres of wetland and floodplain along Deerlick Creek (a MDNR-designated trout stream and smelt dipping area). This area has been important to fishermen for over 100 years and there was widespread community support for this project. South Haven Township was awarded $1million from Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF).

Board Decision Year: 2007
South Haven Charter Township (South Haven) Stein, Ross ([email protected]) Completed $111,500.00
0926 Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Gateway Fishing Access Facility: Design and Engineering

This project allowed for construction of a new fishing pier and boat dock at the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Gateway site. The project included construction of an aggregate access road, a boardwalk out into the Detroit River, a floating dock system, and a newly constructed dike providing accessible fishing access to one of the largest walleye fisheries in North America. The GLFT provided the funding for engineering and design of the site.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC) (Detroit) Phillips, Susan J. ([email protected]) Completed $166,601.57
0925 Manistee Lake Fishing Piers: Increased and Improved Recreational Access to the Great Lake Fisheries

This project provides increased recreational access to the Great Lakes fishery, including increased access for tribal recreational and subsistence fishing. Universally accessible fishing piers and directional and educational signage were constructed at two optimal locations on Manistee Lake for targeting migratory Great Lakes species and migrating coolwater species. An additional objective of this project was to build upon concurrent planning processes to identify additional prime locations for sites that would provide increased universal access to the Great Lakes fishery in connecting waters throughout Manistee County.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Alliance for Economic Success (Manistee) Fuller, Cyndy ([email protected]) Completed $289,450.00
0924 Sebewaing County Park Shore Fishing Access

The Sebewaing County Park shore fishing access project provides free, handicapped-accessible shore fishing on three different platforms in the popular County Park at the mouth of the Sebewaing River on Lake Huron. The project included new access to a shore island via a footbridge, bank stabilization, and handicapped-accessible walkways.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Huron County - Parks Department (Bad Axe) Romzek, Steve ([email protected]) Completed $192,000.00
0923 Manistique River Shore Fishing Access Site Project

The project was intended to provide public access shore-fishing opportunities on the only publicly owned river frontage within the City of Manistique. The project included construction of public access piers on the Manistique River 1,600 feet above the river mouth, utilizing existing shore support facilities at the West Shore Boat Launching Facility, and the installation of three  30-foot-by-24-foot ADA-compliant cantilevered piers paralleling river frontage accessible by boardwalk from the boat launch facility.

Board Decision Year: 2007
City of Manistique (Manistique) Aldrich, Sheila ([email protected]) Completed $383,313.00
0921 River Woods on the Trail: Black River Access and Kal-Haven Trail Interconnectivity

The grant provided funds to construct two 6' x 40' cantilevered fishing piers at key locations on the Black River. Both piers are barrier free and accessible by boardwalk and the Kal-Haven Trail in South Haven Township.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Association for RiverWoods on the Trail - Infrastructure C&E (Jenison) Parman, Joe ([email protected]) Completed $15,709.00
0919 Environment Report

The Environment Report, a free environmental news service for public radio stations nationwide, used this grant for the production of eight feature-length radio stories that will educate the public on fishery habitat, fish populations and health, angling access, and the integrity of the Great Lakes ecosystem. The project had an advisory group that was consulted as needed throughout the year and provided post-production evaluative advice for the ongoing direction of projects.

Board Decision Year: 2007
University of Michigan - The Environment Report (Ann Arbor) Han, Ellen Rinck ([email protected]) Completed $20,000.00
0914 The Headwaters Project: Sustainable Great Lakes Stewardship in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

A the largest city in the Upper Peninsula, Marquette (21,977 population) served as the regional hub for most planning activities of the numerous project partners. Marquette is also home to the Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) and the Marquette Alger Regional Educational Service Agency (MARESA), which jointly coordinated the planning process for this project. MARESA includes 13 regional school districts and is affiliated with Northern Michigan University and the Seaborg Center for Teaching and Learning Science and Mathematics.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Superior Watershed Partnership (Marquette) Cody, Sarah ([email protected]) Completed $20,000.00
0912 UM-Dearborn Stewardship Initiative

This Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative Planning Grant focused on increasing environmental stewardship of the Great Lakes within the Alliances of Rouge Communities and Downriver Communities, which includes 77 municipalities, three major universities, three community college systems, and more than 40 K-12 school districts. Its geographic and programmatic hub was the Environmental Interpretive Center at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Regents of the University of Michigan - Office of Contract Administration (Ann Arbor) Allan, Chris ([email protected]) Completed $14,778.93
0911 Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Planning Initiative: Planning Toward a Regional Network "Hub" in Support of Great Lakes and Ecosystem Education and Stewardship

Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District received a capacity-building grant through the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative to continue a discussion in the region about how best to promote and support Great Lakes and aquatic educational programs for K-12 students. Grant funds were used to convene the second annual Northeast Michigan Great Lakes and Aquatic Education Networking Meeting in Alpena in November 2007. Thirty-five people (including 11 teachers) representing more than 30 different organizations, affiliations and businesses discussed the need for environmental education leading to stewardship.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District (Alpena) Goren, Gary ([email protected]) Completed $5,213.50
0910 Nurturing Teacher-Leaders for Advancement of Place-Based Great Lakes Stewardship Education in Mid-Michigan

This project to plan for place-based stewardship education in the mid-Michigan, Grand River Watershed region engaged schools and community partners from four counties surrounding Lansing (Ingham, Eaton, Clinton and Shiawassee Counties). Five school districts were involved, ranging from urban (Lansing's Cavanaugh and Post Oak Elementary Schools), to a suburban school (Holt), a highly resourced school (Haslett), a rapidly suburbanizing district (Bath), and a rural school (Laingsburg). From August through October 2007, 86 people were convened to plan place-based Great Lakes Stewardship Education. The planning included these phases: 1) a "teacher leader" group of seven teachers involved in place-based stewardship education (PBSE); 2) a "think tank" of youth and their parents who have experienced PBSE; and 3) school-community partnership planning meetings for the region.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Coon, Thomas ([email protected]) Completed $17,143.67
0909 Manistee County Great Lakes Water Stewardship Satellite Plan

The foundation was awarded a capacity-building grant through the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative to explore how a community interested in pursuing the initiative’s goals and strategies might collaborate with one of the initiative’s regional hubs to develop a “satellite” that serves K-12 teachers, students, and community organizations.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Manistee County Community Foundation (Manistee) Ervin, Tim ([email protected]) Completed $5,213.50
0907 Making Connections in the River Raisin Watershed

The focus of the study was the River Raisin Watershed, though schools that are adjacent to this watershed were not excluded. The entire watershed is approximately 1,072 square miles and the River Raisin itself is approximately 150 miles long. As of 2000, the watershed was home to 140,000 people.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Monroe Public Schools - Bolles Harbor Mathematics and Science Center (Monroe) Green, William ([email protected]) Completed $19,900.00
0906 Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative

The Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education focused its Great Lakes stewardship efforts in the five western counties of Michigan's Upper Peninsula: Houghton, Baraga, Keweenaw, Gogebic, and Ontonagon. The Center worked closely with the other five math/science centers in the Upper Peninsula to share strategies, resources, and professional development opportunities in order to facilitate their future engagement in this effort.
The Western Upper Peninsula encompasses 19 school districts, two intermediate school districts (Copper Country ISD and Gogebic-Ontonagon ISD), and two tribal communities: Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and Lac Vieux Desert Band of Chippewa.

Board Decision Year: 2007
The Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education - Copper Country Intermediate School District (Hancock) Oppliger, Shawn ([email protected]) Completed $15,886.68
0905 GLSI Planning Grant for a West Michigan Stewardship Hub

The region serviced by this grant (Muskegon, Oceana, Newaygo, and the northern portion of Ottawa County) is in the southwestern part of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan and encompasses just over one million acres. The 22 public K-12 school districts in the region span the entire urban/rural and rich/poor continuum.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Muskegon Area Intermediate School District - Regional Mathematics and Science Center (Muskegon) Krebs, Dave ([email protected]) Completed $17,310.00
0904 Planning for a South Eastern Michigan Regional Hub for Place-Based Education

A regional hub promoted a vision of shared stewardship for southeastern Michigan, a 4,602-square-mile region that includes Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Eastern Michigan University - Institute for the Study of Children, Families, and Communities (Ypsilanti) Martusewicz, Rebecca ([email protected]) Completed $17,702.00
0903 Bridgeton Township Land Acquisition

This grant allowed for the acquisition of approximately five acres of property adjacent to the Bridgeton Township Boat Launch Facility on the Muskegon River to provide for current and future use, access, and safety.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Bridgeton Township (Fremont) Kooistra, Richard ([email protected]) Completed $26,035.00
0902 Lightfoot Bay Cooperative Coastal Wetlands Acquisition Project

The Lightfoot Bay Wetlands project is a multi-partner effort to secure conservation protection of 214 acres of Great Lakes coastal wetland and fishery habitat including 6,500 feet of wetlands shoreline and a half-mile of Great Lakes shoreline through acquisition and long-term management. The project yields substantive and unique public access, recreation, and educational opportunities.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Keweenaw Land Trust (Hancock) Toczydlowksi, Patricia ([email protected]) Completed $150,000.00
0886 Mapping the Condition of Diporeia: Insights to Mechanisms of Declines

Although the collapse of Diporeia in the Great Lakes is a well-documented phenomenon, causes for their demise remain unknown. The objectives of this project were three-fold: 1) in the laboratory, characterize metabolite profiles in Diporeia after exposure to environmental stressors using metabolomics; 2) apply these findings to natural populations to aid in the identification of causes for population declines; and 3) evaluate the extent of genetic variation of Diporeia spp. populations in the Great Lakes. 

Board Decision Year: 2007
Purdue University - Sponsored Program Services (Chicago) Sepulveda, Maria ([email protected]) Completed $569,513.00
0883 Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Virus in the Great Lakes

Western Fisheries Research Center used laboratory challenges to compare the effects of viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSV) on important native and introduced Great Lakes species including salmonids (e.g., lake trout, Chinook). New detection tools for water or tissue samples were developed and validated. Nonlethal sampling methods and serological assays were tested. Results and recommendations were presented at workshops. The information and tools from the project are critical to our furthering our understanding of VHSV in the Great Lakes.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Western Fisheries Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey - Fish Health Section (Seattle) Winton, James ([email protected]) Completed $782,333.58
0880 Genetic Identification of Non-Spawning Lake Sturgeon in the Great Lakes

The comprehensive genetic database for breeding populations of lake sturgeon collected by researchers was used to identify the natal origin of lake sturgeon collected from river and open-water habitats across the upper Great Lakes. Additional goals incuded identifing occupancy of critical nearshore and open-water habitats, identifing habitat characteristics that facilitate dispersal, and identifing populations at risk from exploitation or from catastrophic natural or anthropogenic events.

Board Decision Year: 2007
State University of New York-Oswego - Biological Sciences (Oswego) Welsh, Amy ([email protected]) Completed $170,871.00
0876 Development and Application of Biomarkers for Thiamin Deficiency

Early mortality syndrome (EMS) causes significant fry mortality in salmonine and may limit their abundance in Lakes Michigan, Huron, and Ontario. Biologists have found strong evidence that links EMS to thiamin deficiency in Great Lakes salmonines. Michigan State University's Department of Fisheries and Wildlife induced thiamin deficiency and then analyzed expression of 10K genes in salmonines embryos with a cDNA microarray (gene chip). Biomarkers developed from these experiments are used as a diagnostic of thiamin deficiency in feral fish.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Michigan State University - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (East Lansing) Li, Weiming ([email protected]) Completed $180,000.00
0869 Use of Fatty Acid Signatures to Assess Food Web Dysfunction

Through a combination of field and laboratory studies, this project sought to evaluate how fatty acid signatures can provide time-integrated and energy-based depictions of food web structure. Researchers developed a fatty acid signature library of available prey for two target species, lake trout and yellow perch, both of which exhibit poor reproductive success in Lake Michigan. They also assessed how changes in nutritional fatty acids, linked to food web changes, can affect reproductive success of both species.

Board Decision Year: 2007
State University of New York- Brockport - Environmental Science and Biology (Brockport) Rinchard, Jacques ([email protected]) Completed $326,524.00
0861 Analysis of Tagging Data to Quantify Lake Trout Migration in Lake Michigan

This is a two-year study was aimed at improving understanding of movement patterns and seasonal distributions of lake trout populations in Lake Michigan. Researchers derived effort-corrected and statistically based estimates utilizing existing data from coded-wire-tag (CWT) recoveries. Results from the study aids restoration efforts and helps in achieving management objectives defined in lake trout restoration plans.

Board Decision Year: 2007
Regents of the University of Michigan - Financial Office (Pittsburgh) , ([email protected]) Completed $120,381.00
0857 Impacts of Introduced Pacific Salmon on Ecological Communities of Great Lakes Tributaries

University of Notre Dame determined how introduced Pacific salmon affect food web composition, energy flow, and contaminant biotransport in Great Lakes tributary streams. Impacts will be assessed by measuring the responses of algae, macroinvertebrates, and native stream fish to salmon spawners, including the incorporation of nutrients and pollutants transported by salmon. The results of this project helps Great Lakes states and provinces preserve native stream communities that might otherwise be altered by introduced Pacific salmon.

Board Decision Year: 2007
University of Notre Dame - Research & Other Sponsored Programs (Notre Dame) Lamberti, Gary A. ([email protected]) Completed $150,637.00
0856 Kalkaska County Conservation Easement Transfers

This grant money was given to Kalkaska for Kalkaska County Conservation Easement Transfers.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy - Land and Stewardship (Traverse City) Okma, Mike ([email protected]) Completed $520,240.00
0855 Dair Creek Fish Passage Project

The Dair Creek Fish Passage Project provided the following habitat and species benefits:
1) full fish passage to brook and brown trout, steelhead, and salmon to 8 miles of heavily forested, coldwater habitat in Dair Creek; 2) restored creek flows to almost a quarter mile of original streambed that has been dry; and 3) prevented additional erosion of the man-made channel due to the current condition of the barrier and the steep embankments that were established when the channel was originally excavated.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Conservation Resource Alliance - Grandview Plaza Building (Traverse City) Beyer, Amy ([email protected]) Completed $50,000.00
0854 Proposal for Bridging Funds to Support Place-Based Education

This grant supported the following activities and products:
(1) Two teacher professional development institutes were held in Traverse City and Muskegon reaching 29 teachers. The institutes focused on methods for place-based education (PBE) instruction.
(2) A toolkit was developed featuring resources, templates, products, and strategies to help hubs established by the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI) begin and improve their work in the field. A copy of the toolkit is available on the GLFT website.
(3) Consultants expert in fundraising were retained to develop a "case for support" for PBE. A Donor Engagement Guide was developed containing a seven-step process by which new hubs may create their own cases for support for their work. The guide helps hubs clearly describe the PBE philosophy and goals all hubs share, identify their own unique attributes and potential funding sources, and engage different types of funders using creative methods and techniques. The guide is available on the GLFT website.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Northwestern Michigan College (Traverse City) Cotto, Marguerite ([email protected]) Completed $64,075.00
0853 Dingell Park Boardwalk and Fishing Access

Through the generosity of the Great Lakes Fishery Trust and matching input from the City of Ecorse, the old, decaying boardwalk at Dingell Park, on the Detroit River, has been completely refurbished, and transformed into the John D. Dingell Riverwalk, thus beautifying the park and allowing greater fishing access for local anglers.

Board Decision Year: 2006
City of Ecorse - Downtown Development Authority (Ecorse) Moran, Jim ([email protected]) Completed $400,000.00
0848 Frankfort Lake Michigan Beach Pier Access Project

An ADA-accessible walkway was constructed on the Lake Michigan beach in the City of Frankfort. It was constructed in three sections with 8-inch-thick reinforced concrete placed on 6-inch compacted-in-place gravel. Section 1 is 12 feet by 310 feet and extends from Sac Street to the ACOE breakwall. Section 2 is 8 feet by 420 feet and connects the Lake Michigan beach parking area to Section 1 at Sac Street. Section 3 is 8 feet by 175 feet and connects Miami Street to Sac Street. Visitors can access the walkway from four different ADA-compliant points. The site has free parking, restrooms, a footwash station, swingsets, benches, trash receptacles, and educational signage about the dangers of waves and surges along with safety rules associated with the pier.

Board Decision Year: 2006
City of Frankfort (Frankfort) Mills, Joshua ([email protected]) Completed $44,045.00
0846 Walkway Access to the Portage Lake/Lake Michigan South Pier

This project provided barrier-free access to excellent recreational fishing through the construction of a walkway and related facilities to the south pier of Portage Lake on Lake Michigan, a pier maintained by the U.S. Corps of Engineers. As a result of the GLFT-funded project, there is now a 8-foot-by-656-foot barrier-free fishing access/walkway made of reinforced concrete at the site, with a 2-foot wide aggregate shoulder on each side. 2,719 square feet of rip rap was also laid. Disabled parking is available.

Board Decision Year: 2006
Onekama Township (Onekama) Meister, David ([email protected]) Completed $89,016.00