# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
0419 Great Lakes Discovery Center

Funds were used to support the development of a business plan for the Great lakes Discovery Center including preliminary design, marketing and business plan, and program elements.

Board Decision Year: 2003
Friends of the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge (Saginaw) Becker, Edward ([email protected]) Completed $250,000.00
0417 Great Lakes Basin Lake Sturgeon GIS Database Web Page

This project enhanced an interactive web-based GIS application and meta-database of Great Lakes lake sturgeon information. The updated database and GIS were used to enhance the existing maps and database developed for the 2000 and 2002 GLFT Lake Sturgeon Workshops. We have compiled the available lake sturgeon data sources to help focus restoration and research activities on priority lake sturgeon waters. Lake sturgeon researchers are the intended audience; however, it will also be useful to natural resource managers, biologists and those interested in sturgeon research throughout the Great Lakes Basin.

Board Decision Year: 2003
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Great Lakes Fishery Resources Office (Amherst) Zollweg, Emily ([email protected]) Completed $34,872.28
0415 Potential for Lake Sturgeon Habitat Rehabilitation in Green Bay Tributaries of Lake Michigan

All preliminary requirements to initiate research efforts have been completed. A graduate research assistant was selected and undergraduate technician hired. In March, Sutton and the GRA organized a meeting held in Menominee and gave a presentation entitled “Assessment of LS habitat availability in N. LM tributaries” which introduced the project objectives and methodology to members of the Fox River Natural Resource Damage Assessment, WI and MI DNRs, and USFWS. Following the meeting discussion, the sampling methodology and prioritization of river systems were finalized. Results from sampling will then be used to develop decision tools to determine appropriate LS rehabilitation strategies in each system.

Board Decision Year: 2003
Purdue University - Dept. of Forestry and Nat. Resources (West Lafayette) Sutton, Trent ([email protected]) Completed $33,375.00
0414 Coastal Wetland Landowner Education Campaign

This grant produced a high-quality brochure that was distributed to all shoreline property owners along Saginaw and Grand Traverse Bays.The brochure included information on West Nile virus, property values associated with vegetated beaches versus "groomed" beaches, fish and wildlife habitat values of coastal marshes, and economic values of intact coastal wetlands.

Board Decision Year: 2003
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (Petoskey) Gruenwald, Gail ([email protected]) Completed $45,000.00
0412 Frankfort Lake Michigan Beach Restoration Project

With support from the GLFT, the City of Frankfort constructed an ADA compliant shore-based fishing pier in April of 2004. The structure is located West of the Frankfort Municipal Marina on Betsie Lake and was part of a larger beachfront restoration project. The structure is connected to the Betsie Valley Trail, other city amenities, and Lake Michigan via a paved bike path. The pier officially opened in May of 2004 upon completion of the public access bike path and is maintained by the City of Frankfort Recreation Department.

Board Decision Year: 2003
City of Frankfort (Frankfort) Mills, Joshua ([email protected]) Completed $81,000.00
0408 Betsie Valley Trail Railroad Causeway Bridge Amenities for Fishermen

This project included construction of a fishing platform and fishermen access to the banks of the Betsie River during renovation of the Railroad Causeway Bridge, which runs over the Betsie River near Elberta. This was part of a $1.7 million project to complete the Betsie Valley Trail from Frankfort to the Railroad Point Natural Area on Crystal Lake.

Board Decision Year: 2003
Benzie County - Betsie Valley Trailway Management Council (Beulah) DuPerron, Sean ([email protected]) Completed $22,637.00
0403 Magnitude and Potential Causes of Mortality in Four Lake Whitefish Populations in Lakes Michigan and Huron: A Multidisciplinary Approach

The goal of this project was to estimate the number of mature whitefish that die annually from natural causes in two populations from both Lake Michigan and Lake Huron in each of three years. Health-related data were gathered on whitefish sampled from these populations, and these data were used to identify possible mechanisms for that mortality, using a comparative approach.

Board Decision Year: 2003
Michigan State University - Office of Contract & Grant Administration (East Lansing) Jones, Michael L. ([email protected]) Completed $396,755.88
0401 Lake Trout Spawning Habitat at the Southern Refuge, Lake Michigan

This project produced a lake trout spawning habitat map, via multibeam sonar and sidescan sonar, that has facilitated ROV (unmanned submersible)-based studies of lake trout reproduction at Lake Michigan’s Southern Refuge. Via ROV we have been able to confirm egg deposition at steep dropoffs, at depths of about 50 meters. The dropoff habitat is abundant at the Southern Refuge, and a map of part of this habitat has greatly facilitated finding the best available habitat for study and future rehabilitation efforts.

Board Decision Year: 2003
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Great Lakes WATER Institute (Milwaukee) Janssen, John ([email protected]) Completed $24,211.00
0396 Thiaminase: New Tools in the Fight against EMS

This project addressed early mortality syndrome (EMS) in Great Lakes predatory fish from a biochemical perspective, and had two major objectives: 1) purify and characterize thiaminase, the presumed causative agent of EMS, derived from alewife; and 2) develop new tools for the rapid identification and quantification of thiaminase.

Board Decision Year: 2003
Lake Superior State University (Sault Ste. Marie) Werner, R. Marshall ([email protected]) Completed $24,845.44
0383 Distribute the Let’s Fish Lake Michigan Shore-Based Angling Guide

The project included acquiring the original printing files, transferring them to a format compatible with the printing company, updating information, printing, postage to mail approximately 65,000 to the membership of MUCC as a supplement to the monthly magazine Michigan-Out-of Doors, and freight to deliver the remaining 35,000 copies to MUCC for distribution at events.

Board Decision Year: 2003
Michigan United Conservation Clubs (Lansing) Muchmore, Dennis ([email protected]) Completed $57,245.74
0380 White Lake Pier, Fruitland Township, Lake Michigan Dune Erosion Project

This grant funded activities to stabilize dune erosion along the White Lake Channel Pier’s south side in Fruitland Township. At the start of the project, after windy days, the sand was often 2 feet deep on the pier. With the installation of the snow fence and dune grass planting, the dune stabilized and sand did not cover the pier. During the summer of 2006, no sand was shoveled or swept from the pier by Fruitland Township.

Board Decision Year: 2003
Fruitland Township - Parks and Recreation Commission (Whitehall) Boughton, Greg ([email protected]) Completed $11,401.00
0376 Advancing Great Lakes Fisheries Education through Project F.I.S.H., Salmon in the Classroom, and Michigan Hatchery-Based Volunteer Training and Support

Salmon in the Classroom is a hands-on K-12 curriculum for teachers, classrooms and sponsoring organizations willing to put in intensive work on raising fish, studying water quality, watersheds and conservation, and on the importance of fisheries conservation and management in Michigan waters of the Great Lakes.

Board Decision Year: 2003
Michigan State University - Office of Contract & Grant Administration (East Lansing) Dann, Shari L. ([email protected]) Completed $31,090.00
0372 Harrison Township/Lake St. Clair Great Lakes Fishing Site-Phase I Site Design/Engineering

The grant money from the GLFT was used to conduct an eneginerring study and environmental assessment on a parcel of Lake St. Clair property where the MDNR sought to enhance shoreline fishing opprotunities and restore native vegetation. 

Board Decision Year: 2003
Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Parks and Recreation Bureau (Lansing) Bennett, Kristen ([email protected]) Completed $43,982.55
0371 The Muskegon-the Majesty and Tragedy of Michigan's Rarest River (a book about the Muskegon River)

This grant produced a book on the Muskegon River watershed including its history and current direction of restoration efforts.

Board Decision Year: 2002
Muskegon River Watershed Assembly - @ Ferris State University (Big Rapids) Noble, Gary ([email protected]) Completed $68,000.00
0293 Research, Assessment and Data Management Needs to Promote Protection of Great Lakes Nearshore Fisheries Habitat

Human activities in coastal areas influence nearshore ecosystems, although spatial scales of response by nearshore communities are largely unknown. Such community responses are key for effective ecosystem management of Great Lakes nearshore areas. The goal of this study was to identify differences in fish and prey populations in response to local and larger-scale environmental properties of shoreline areas along the eastern Lake Michigan coastline.

Board Decision Year: 2002
Michigan State University Extension - Michigan Natural Features Inventory (Lansing) Goforth, Reuben ([email protected]) Completed $30,000.00
0292 Effects of Exotic Species and Human Impacts on Essential Fatty Acid Availability on the Lake Michigan Food Web

The goal of this project was to determine whether the availability of essential fatty acids to yellow perch has been affected by the changing food web and contributed to poor recruitment of this important sport fish. Changes in the food web (e.g., exotic species), as well as increased UV light penetration, may have altered amounts of essential nutrients available in the ecosystem.

Board Decision Year: 2002
University of Illinois - Illinois Natural History Survey (Zion) Dettmers, John ([email protected]) Completed $306,000.00
0289 Identification of Renibacterium Salmoninarum Strains of Potential Threat to Great Lakes Salmon Populations

Bacterial kidney disease (BKD), caused by Renibacterium salmoninarum, is a devastating disease of Great Lakes salmonids. Researchers for this project enhanced diagnosis of BKD by developing sensitive molecular probes that will differentiate between virulent and avirulent strain(s). This new diagnostic procedure will be useful in epizootiological surveys and disease control. Ultimately, this will facilitate better management of salmon fisheries in the Great Lakes and lower the prevalence of clinical BKD outbreaks.

Board Decision Year: 2002
Michigan State University - Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation (East Lansing) Loch, Thomas ([email protected]) Completed $256,285.47
0281 Elucidation of Etiology and Pathogenesis of Early Mortality Syndrome by cDNA Microarray-Based Identification of Expressed Genes

Early mortality syndrome (EMS) causes massive mortality to many salmonid species in Lakes Michigan and Ontario. In this project researchers studied the etiology of EMS using an extensive fish health investigation and novel cDNA microarray (“gene chip”) technology, which has revolutionized human disease research and diagnosis. The same cDNA microarray would be a novel resource to study fish health, toxicology, and nutrition.

Board Decision Year: 2002
Michigan State University - Office of Contract & Grant Administration (East Lansing) Li, Weiming ([email protected]) Completed $344,673.19
0270 Evaluation of Recruitment Success, Habitat Preference, and River Retention of Young Lake Sturgeon in the Big Manistee River

The Manistee River, with good potential habitat and a sturgeon population of remnant historic numbers, is highly suitable for sturgeon rehabilitation. Evidence suggests poor recruitment and an insufficient spawner population are the culprits. This study focused on lake sturgeon recruitment in the Manistee River by monitoring egg deposition, larval drift, juvenile dispersal, and habitat utilization, and determined critical habitat for these life stages.

Board Decision Year: 2002
Little River Band of Ottawa Indians - Natural Resources Department (Manistee) Holtgren, Marty ([email protected]) Completed $80,763.00
0256 Historical Distribution and Abundance of Lake Sturgeon in the Lake Michigan Basin

Rehabilitation of lake sturgeon in the Lake Michigan basin requires an understanding of the historical distribution and relative abundance of sturgeon within the basin. Similarly, understanding how barriers limit movement by sturgeon from current populations to previously available habitat requires an understanding of historical distribution of sturgeon within tributary systems. This project built on previous compilations of anecdotal data through completion of an intensive library search of historic documents.

Board Decision Year: 2002
Saint Mary's University - Biology Department (Winona) Cochran, Phil ([email protected]) Completed $97,315.00
0245 The Great Lakes Ecosystem and Fisheries Education Networking Conference

The Great Lakes Fishery Trust sponsored the Great Lakes Fisheries and Ecosystem Education Networking Conference on May 5-6, 2003, in East Lansing, Michigan. The overall purpose of the networking conference was to assist the GLFT Board in developing and focusing its efforts in support of Great Lakes fisheries and ecosystem education throughout the region.

Board Decision Year: 2002
Michigan State University - Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies (E. Lansing) Dann, Shari L. ([email protected]) Completed $30,000.00
0237 Black River Access Improvement Project

The Black River Access improvement project provided angler access amenities and general improvements along a 765-foot stretch of the Black River, just upstream of Lake Michigan. The site serves the City of South Haven and its surrounding regions.

Board Decision Year: 2002
City of South Haven (South Haven) Anderson, Kevin ([email protected]) Completed $225,000.00
0236 Lake Michigan Oval Park Improvement Project 2

The Lake Michigan Oval Park improvement project was a community effort led by Benona Township to improve and beautify public access to this fishermen’s hot spot. The project consisted of three tasks: the construction of a fish landing/deck, replacement of a portion of the deteriorating seawall, and construction of restroom/refuse shelters.

Board Decision Year: 2002
Benona Township (Shelby) Fleming, Steve ([email protected]) Completed $74,700.00
0233 Elizabeth Park North Fishing Point

Grant funds were used to stabilize the eroding shoreline, increase fishing access, and enhance the fishing habitat at Elizabeth Park in Trenton, Michigan, along the Detroit River.

Board Decision Year: 2002
Wayne County - Parks Department (Westland) Alman, Steve ([email protected]) Completed $250,000.00
0232 Sturgeon Habitat Restoration, Monitoring, and Education in the Detroit River

This project consisted of three related components: construction of three demonstration lake sturgeon spawning reefs, a public education program, and a robust monitoring program. The project's goal was to enhance a healthy and self-sustaining population of lake sturgeon in the river. This project had a consortium of federal, state, university, local, and nongovernmental agencies and organizations assisting with meeting goals.

Board Decision Year: 2002
University of Michigan - Division of Research Development & Admin (Ann Arbor) Read, Jennifer ([email protected]) Completed $108,666.19
0225 City of Cheboygan Major City Park Public Fishing Access Phase II

Two additional fishing piers were added to the park as a result of this project. Each pier is 16 feet wide and 18 feet long, and amenities include barrier-free access benches, handicapped-parking, and lighting.

Board Decision Year: 2002
City of Cheboygan (Cheboygan) McNeil, Scott ([email protected]) Completed $79,000.00
0220 Big Rapids Dam Removal Communications Project

This project tells the story of the Big Rapids Dam Removal project with a PowerPoint CD presentation that can be given to any community, along with a companion booklet.

Board Decision Year: 2001
City of Big Rapids (Big Rapids) Plautz, Cindy ([email protected]) Completed $16,158.76
0215 Dutcher's Mckay Bay Access Site Improvement Project

The McKay Bay access site improvement project enhanced tribal and nontribal fishing opportunities in northern Lake Huron. The enhancements are for both recreational anglers and commercial fishing vessels at McKay Bay.

Board Decision Year: 2001
Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority (Sault Ste. Marie) TenEyck, Jane ([email protected]) Completed $218,629.56
0214 Beaver Island Dock Expansion

The Beaver Island dock expansion project enabled tribal trap net fishing vessels to access the commercial fishery targeting whitefish.

Board Decision Year: 2003
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Suttons Bay) Rastetter, William ([email protected]) Completed $553,187.00
0146 Exotic Invertebrates, Food-Web Disruption, and Lost Fish Production

This project helped promote understanding of the impacts of dreissenid and cladococera invaders on lower-lakes fish communities and forecasting invasion impacts on upper-lakes fish communities.

Board Decision Year: 2000
Great Lakes Fishery Commission (Ann Arbor) Krause, Ann ([email protected]) Completed $12,000.00
0144 Extending Great Lakes Fisheries Education and Project F.I.S.H. in Michigan: A Targeted Program within the Muskegon River Watershed

This project promoted better understanding of Great Lakes fisheries and factors required to sustain this natural resource by providing materials, training, and support for teachers and volunteer mentors who work with youth in schools, sport fishing clubs, and locally sponsored sport fishing events. This project indirectly provided better access to resource users and promoted active stewardship of Great Lakes fisheries among youth and families. It accomplished these goals through exciting interactive learning materials, long-term learning experiences with mentors and clubs, and Family Fun Fishing Festivals.

Board Decision Year: 2000
Michigan State University - Office of Contract & Grant Administration (East Lansing) Brubaker, Robert R. ([email protected]) Completed $46,680.00
0143 White Lake Pier Expansion

This project expanded the White Lake pier by adding additional feet on both sides.

Board Decision Year: 1999
U.S. Army Corp of Engineers - Detroit District (Detroit) Dziadosz, Tom ([email protected]) Completed $153,883.00
0133 Annual Lake Sturgeon Coordination Meeting

This project facilitated communication and coordination between biologists, managers, and researchers working toward lake sturgeon rehabilitation in the Great Lakes through annual meetings. The project included a two-day meeting: the first day was for sharing research and management activities, confirming or identifying priority research needs, and enhancing collaboration; the second day focused on a technical issue or information gap.

Board Decision Year: 2001
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Green Bay Fishery Resources Office (New Franken) Elliott, Rob ([email protected]) Completed $25,500.00
0129 An Evaluation of Bioenergetics Modeling for Lake Whitefish in Lake Michigan

The goal of this project was to determine the age-specific diet and energy density of lake whitefish on a seasonal basis, as well as the seasonal energy density of major food types of lake whitefish.

Board Decision Year: 2001
University of Michigan - Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystem Research (Ann Arbor) Brandt, Stephen ([email protected]) Completed $199,648.98
0113 Status Assessment of Remnant Lake Sturgeon Stock in the Main Basin of Lake Michigan

Board Decision Year: 2001
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Green Bay Fishery Resources Office (New Franken) Elliott, Rob ([email protected]) Completed $504,741.00
0109 Characterization of Early Life History Stages of Lake Sturgeon in the Peshtigo River and Green Bay

This project focused on the distribution, movement patterns, and requirements of early life stages of lake sturgeon in relation to availability and utilization of physical, chemical, and biological resources in the lower Peshtigo River, Wisconsin, and inner waters of Green Bay, Lake Michigan.

Board Decision Year: 2001
Purdue University - Dept. of Forestry and Nat. Resources (West Lafayette) Sutton, Trent ([email protected]) Completed $131,838.21
0107 Rapid Assessment of Lake Sturgeon Spawning Stocks Using Instream Hydroacoustic Technology

Throughout the Great Lakes Basin, remnant stocks of lake sturgeon exist at low abundance. Traditional fish sampling and assessment methods are marginally effective for these populations and can lead to fish mortality. Lake sturgeon congregate each spring when they spawn in large rivers. Nonlethal hydroacoustic technology, successfully used to count salmon in Pacific Northwest river systems, was used to evaluate the lake sturgeon population in the Sturgeon River, Michigan, and then applied to evaluation of the Muskegon River population.

Board Decision Year: 2001
Michigan Technological University - Biological Sciences (Houghton) Auer, Nancy ([email protected]) Completed $235,559.80
0091 Modeling the Influence of Lake Circulation Patterns, Upwelling Events, and Turbulence on Fish Recruitment Variability in Lake Michigan

The project quantified the relative effects of lake physics (meso-scale circulation features, small-scale turulence, turbidity, water temperature) on distributions, survival, feeding, growth, and potential recruitment of young alewife and yellow perch.

Board Decision Year: 2001
c/o NOAA/GLERL/CILER (Ann Arbor) Beletsky, Dmitry ([email protected]) Completed $342,328.19
0088 Ludington, South Pier

The project improved angler access by connecting an existing parking area to the south pier. The improvements include the handicapped-accessible walkway and paved parking for approximately 12 vehicles.

Board Decision Year: 1998
City of Ludington - Community Development (Ludington) Beutell, Mary ([email protected]) Completed $80,000.00
0087 Pentwater (Mears Walkway)

The south project included a concrete walk from the street to the pier, a barrier-free fishing deck at the eastern end of the pier, vault toilet, and 21 car parking parking for 21 vehicles (one barrier-free) along Chester Street. There is no fee to use this facility.

Board Decision Year: 1998
Village of Pentwater (Pentwater) MacLeod, Roger ([email protected]) Completed $54,000.00
0086 Pentwater (Facility Construction)

The north project included two separate sites: Channel Lake Park and Bridge Street access site. Channel Lake Park features paved parking for 18 vehicles, a handicapped-accessible restroom, picnic facilities, and benches. The Bridge Street access site has paved parking for four vehicles.

Board Decision Year: 1998
Village of Pentwater (Pentwater) MacLeod, Roger ([email protected]) Completed $540,197.40
0085 Montague Fishing Access

The project improved angler access at an existing city park, Medbery Park. The park improvements include improved entrance road, paved parking for approximately 50 vehicles, pedestrian walkway connecting to the north channel of White Lake, vault toilet, landscaping, benches, and picnic tables.

Board Decision Year: 1998
City of Montague (Montague) Graham, Jerry ([email protected]) Completed $101,885.00
0084 Fruitland Township Public Access (Construction and Contingency)

The project improved angler access to the White Lake south pier. The improvement features improved parking at the White River Station Park and Dock Road, including handicapped parking, construction of a handicapped-accessible ramp to the pier, cement slab for port-a-john placement, and landscaping.

Board Decision Year: 1998
Fruitland Township - Parks and Recreation Commission (Whitehall) Boughton, Greg ([email protected]) Completed $129,758.00
0083 Fruitland Township Public Access (Preliminary Engineering)

The project provided funds for engineering design to improve angler access to the White Lake south pier. The improvement features improved parking at the White River Station Park and Dock Road, including handicapped parking, construction of a handicapped-accessible ramp to the pier, cement slab for port-a-john placement, and landscaping.

Board Decision Year: 1998
Fruitland Township - Parks and Recreation Commission (Whitehall) Boughton, Greg ([email protected]) Completed $18,363.03
0081 Beaver Island Tribal Fishing Access

This project supported continued access for tribal commercial fishermen at Beaver Island. Improvements include new dock space, a sea wall, an icehouse, a well, a work area, and a security fence.

Board Decision Year: 2001
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians - Natural Resources (Harbor Springs) Craven, Doug ([email protected]) Completed $215,000.00
0079 Betsie Valley Trail Fishing Bridge

The grant money allowed for the construction of a bridge providing new shore-based, universally accessible fishing of migrating Lake Michigan trout and salmon at the mouth of the Betsie River as it enters Betsie Lake.

Board Decision Year: 2000
Benzie County - Betsie Valley Trailway Management Council (Beulah) Olsen, William ([email protected]) Completed $75,070.00
0078 Suttons Bay Village Fishing Pier

This project installed a fishing pier on a historic coal dock property, now the Village Municipal Marina, for the use and enjoyment of all local and tourist shore-based anglers.

Board Decision Year: 2000
Village of Suttons Bay (Suttons Bay) Hamburg, Philip ([email protected]) Completed $127,680.35
0077 Educating the Public on the Great Lakes Fishery Trust

A video of the Great Lakes Fishery Trust was produced that provides general information on the GLFT and also highlights some of its grants and granting categories.

Board Decision Year: 2000
Michigan United Conservation Clubs (Lansing) Gretzinger, Jimmy ([email protected]) Completed $30,000.00
0076 Dynamics of Alewife Recruitment Variability in Lake Michigan

Fluctuating abundances of alewife affect early survival and management of salmon, lake trout, and yellow perch in Lake Michigan. This project used field studies and analyzed historical data to determine factors affecting alewife abundance, growth, and survival. Researchers used natural chemical tracers present in alewife ear bones to determine alewife environmental histories and identify those habitats producing the most survivors. Researchers also developed statistical models to predict alewife survival and abundance for fisheries managers.

Board Decision Year: 2000
University of Michigan - School of Natural Resources and Environment (Ann Arbor) Rutherford, Edward ([email protected]) Completed $358,221.73
0075 Development of a Management Plan for Lake Sturgeon within the Great Lakes Basin Based on Population

This project completed Phases I and II of a three-phase project to develop a genetics-based management plan for lake sturgeon within the Great Lakes Basin. During the course of the project, researchers (1) standardized microsatellite and mtDNA genetic markers among all geneticists studying lake sturgeon, (2) sampled key populations that are not currently targeted by any management agencies, and (3) analyzed population genetic data from these sampled populations.

Board Decision Year: 2001
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Alpena Fishery Resources Office (Alpena ) Hill, Tracy ([email protected]) Completed $295,400.00