# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
1927 Communications to Stop Asian Carp by Implementing the Brandon Road Project

The timeline for the Brandon Road project has been pushed back by the pandemic. Therefore, National Wildlife Federation and our partners seek a one-year renewal at a lower level to finish the job. Specifically, we will enhance our successful Asian carp communications campaign to finalize the implementation of the Brandon Road project (Project). To do so, we will: 1) Launch new and inspiring communications that bolster momentum; 2) Deploy strategic communications that ‘nationalize’ our efforts to stop the further spread of Asian carp; and 3) Leverage and expand our partnerships with stakeholders in the Ohio and Mississippi River Basins by supporting control and eradication strategies. Keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes remains our number one priority. In order to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp, our nationalization strategy will continue to expand our work into non-Great Lakes regions to build the necessary support that ultimately will lead to implementing the Brandon Road project.

Board Decision Year: 2020
National Wildlife Federation - Great Lakes Regional Office (Ann Arbor) Smith, Marc ([email protected]) Active $100,000.00
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
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
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]nwf.org) Completed $400,000.00
1677 Making Restoration Investments Count in the Lake Michigan Basin

The Healing Our Waters - Great Lakes (HOW) Coalition is improving the health of the Great Lakes through our Priority Area implementation Program which addresses historic threats to the Great Lakes through on the ground restoration work. The project provides capacity building grants to local and state non-profit organizations, with priority given to Lake Michigan basin sites, to help applicants successfully implement restoration projects through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Board Decision Year: 2016
National Wildlife Federation (Reston) Hill, Jennifer ([email protected]) Completed $99,997.49
1676 Great Lakes Stewardship to Stop Asian Carp

National Wildlife Federation is looking to develop and launch a strategic education and communications campaign to inform the public about the serious threat Asian carp pose to the Great Lakes and about advancing solutions that lead to the most effective actions to prevent carp from entering the Great Lakes. This is a collaborative effort with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, and other tribal leaders.

Board Decision Year: 2016
National Wildlife Federation - Great Lakes Regional Office (Ann Arbor) Smith, Marc ([email protected]) Completed $200,000.00
1604 Grand Rapids River Restoration Project

An adjustable hydraulic structure (AHS) was constructed within the Grand River at Grand Rapids, MI to produce hydraulic conditions which impede upstream migration of the invasive sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus).  This project investigated the optimum design configuration for the AHS to maintain key hydraulics across the full range of flows in the Grand River.  Results from the project provide critical information to the construction and operation of the AHS and for the installation of physical sea lamprey barriers at other locations within the Great Lakes Fishery.

Board Decision Year: 2015
RiverRestoration Scurlock, Michael ([email protected]) Completed $125,000.00
1599 Investing in Success: Great Lakes Restoration Project by Project

The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition (HOW) has completed this project as part of the Coalition’s Implementation Grant Program. The project supported work by the Coalition to continue a small grants program which provides funding to local organizations to build needed capacity to leverage federal dollars for Great Lakes restoration projects from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and to illustrate the ecological and economic benefits of restoration. In 2016, the grant program successfully awarded 17 grants to local organizations for projects addressing (but not limited to) stream and wetland habitat restoration, invasive species, and fish passage in eight priority areas across the Great Lakes.

Board Decision Year: 2015
National Wildlife Federation - Great Lakes Regional Office (Ann Arbor) Hill, Jennifer ([email protected]) Completed $99,996.27
1501 Growing and Sustaining Great Lakes Restoration Successes

The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes (HOW) Coalition is improving the health of the Great Lakes through their project “Growing and Sustaining Great Lakes Restoration Successes” which addresses historic threats to the Lakes through on the ground restoration work. The project will provide capacity building grants to local and state non-profit organizations in eight priority areas across the Great Lakes region to help them successfully implement restoration projects through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)

Board Decision Year: 2014
National Wildlife Federation - Great Lakes Regional Office (Ann Arbor) Hill, Jennifer ([email protected]) Completed $99,999.60
1500 Restoring the Natural Divide: Technical Support to Develop a Long-Term Solution for Preventing the Movement of Aquatic Invasive Species in the Chicago Area Waterway System

The project will support the Chicago Area Waterway System Advisory Committee in evaluating technical issues necessary to reach consensus on a long-term solution for preventing the movement of Asian carp and other aquatic invasive species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. The committee is working to reach consensus on a solution to this challenge and requires support from technical experts to evaluate issues related to water quality, flooding, transportation and AIS risk reduction. 

Board Decision Year: 2014
Great Lakes Commission (Ann Arbor) Doss, Matt ([email protected]) Completed $250,000.00
1488 Advancing Great Lakes Science and Management by Fleet Modernization and Standardization

The GLFT granted the DNR $500,000 dollars to replace the R/V Chinook that operates on Lake Huron. A new vessel will ensure continuation of long-term monitoring efforts, increase vessel efficiency, and improve surveys for inter-lake comparisons. The vessel will collaborate with other state, federal, tribal, and provincial partner agencies on predator and prey fish stock assessments. GLFT partnership with the DNR in this venture will help to ensure the continued health of a muti-species fishery worth an estimated $74 million annually. 

The final report for this project will become available after grant is officially completed in 2017.

Board Decision Year: 2014
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (Lansing) Whelan, Gary ([email protected]) Completed $500,000.00
1471 Restoring the Great Lakes: One Project at a Time

The goal of the 125 member Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes (HOW) Coalition is to improve the health of the Great Lakes by addressing historic threats and preparing for new challenges. HOW’s “Restoring the Great Lakes: One Project at a Time” project will provide capacity building grants to local and state non-profit organizations in eight priority areas across the Great Lakes region to help them successfully implement restoration projects through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

Board Decision Year: 2014
National Wildlife Federation - Great Lakes Regional Office (Ann Arbor) Hill, Jennifer ([email protected]) Completed $99,998.46
1293 On-the-Ground and In-the-Water Restoration of the Great Lakes

The project provided capacity-building grants to organizations in eight priority areas across the Great Lakes to help them obtain funds for and successfully implement restoration projects through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Board Decision Year: 2013
National Wildlife Federation - Great Lakes Regional Office (Ann Arbor) Hill, Jennifer ([email protected]) Completed $100,000.00
1282 Envisioning a Chicago Waterway System for the 21st Century - Phase II

The purpose of the project was to advance physical separation in the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) to prevent the movement of Asian carp and other aquatic invasive species (AIS) between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins. Specific technical analysis was conducted in two key areas:

1. Defining interim protection measures that can be implemented quickly, using existing infrastructure in the CAWS, to reduce the risk of AIS transfer into the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River basin; and

2. Evaluating technical issues associated with the Mid-System Alternative identified in the 2012 report, Restoring the Natural Divide.

Board Decision Year: 2012
Great Lakes Commission (Ann Arbor) Eder, Tim ([email protected]) Completed $225,000.00
1167 Envisioning a Chicago Waterway System for the 21st Century

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

Board Decision Year: 2010
Great Lakes Commission (Ann Arbor) Eder, Tim ([email protected]) Completed $500,000.00
1033 Michigan Great Lakes Protection and Restoration Initiative

The Michigan Great Lakes Protection and Restoration Initiative is a joint project between Lt. Governor John Cherry, the Office of the Great Lakes and Michigan United Conservation Clubs. The purpose of this effort is to develop a Michigan Great Lakes Protection and Restoration Plan. A Framework for the plan has been developed that examines Michigan’s Great Lakes Protection and Restoration needs by utilizing the same focus areas of the Great Lakes Regional Collaborative, e.g. habitat, invasive species, coastal health, sustainable development, indicators, nonpoint source, toxic pollutants and areas of concern. This Framework has been shared widely and been reshaped into a series of conference calls. Next the Framework will be taken to eight regional meetings to garner stakeholders’ comments and concerns and to discuss their interest and concern for managing the Great Lakes to foster prosperity for Michigan’s economic future. These eight meetings will focus on regional interests and will examine watershed restoration efforts as the foundation for Great Lakes restoration. A final report is expected to be released by the first of the year. This grant will be used to offset the cost of the regional meetings and travel for key participants, and fund an economic analysis to reframe the report.

Board Decision Year: 2008
Michigan United Conservation Clubs (Lansing) Muchmore, Dennis ([email protected]) Completed $20,000.00
1032 North American Benthological Society 57th Annual Meeting

This project's purpose is to contribute towards the North American Benthological Society's 57th Annual Meeting to be held in Grand Rapids in 2009.

Board Decision Year: 2008
Grand Valley State University - Annis Water Resources Institute (Muskegon) Steinman, Alan ([email protected]) Completed $1,000.00
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
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