Recently Closed Projects


Great Lakes Stewardship

Grant title: Business Plan for Environmental Education Center
Grant number: 2014.1412
Recipient: Ron Brown
Organization: Muskegon Environmental Research & Education Society
Grant period: December 03, 2013–October 12, 2015
Dollars granted: $9,133

This grant enabled the Muskegon Environmental Research & Education Society to develop a business plan for the organization and improvements at the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve, including describing the organization’s mission, values, history, and current programming; the community need for the organization and improvements at the preserve; a market and competition analysis; and a strategic, financial, governance, personnel, and development plan for the organization and future programing and improvements.

Habitat Protection and Restoration

Grant title: North Branch White River Culvert Removal
Grant number: 2015.1562
Recipient: Lisa Dutcher
Organization: Oceana County Road Commission
Grant period: August 03, 2015–October 30, 2015
Dollars granted: $80,000

The project removed the final (culvert) barrier in the North Branch of the White River. Fifteen river miles were opened, making the North Branch navigable for the first time since the logging era. A timber bridge spanning the bankfull width was installed and the river has returned to its natural channel.

Grant title: Culvert Removals—Brayton Creek at Cleveland Road
Grant number: 2013.1346
Recipient: Lisa Dutcher
Organization: Oceana County Road Commission
Grant period: August 16, 2013–September 30, 2015
Dollars granted: $75,000

The GLFT providing funding support to Oceana County to replace two perched, collapsing culverts on Cleveland Road at its crossing of Brayton Creek. The culverts prevented passage for resident and migratory species in the White River watershed. The failing culverts were replaced with a timber bridge spanning the bankfull width.

Grant title: Reconnecting Lake Huron Fish with Rifle River Tributaries
Grant number: 2012.1261
Recipient: Brad Jensen
Organization: Huron Pines
Grant period: July 01, 2012–September 30, 2015
Dollars granted: $116,000

The Rifle River watershed drains 396 square miles of land and flows directly into Saginaw Bay. It is also one of the last major rivers in Michigan to have no dams on its mainstream, representing more than 60 miles of river habitat available to the fisheries of Saginaw Bay. This project reconnected 12 miles of aquatic habitat and significantly reduced sediment loading in the Rifle River watershed through the restoration of four road-stream crossings. Undersized culverts were replaced with appropriately sized and aligned structures at three sites; a timber bridge was used at the forth.

Grant title: Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Framework
Grant number: 2010.1206
Recipient: Catherine Riseng
Organization: The Regents of the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment
Grant period: May 01, 2011–December 31, 2015
Dollars granted: $527,229

The Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Framework Project integrates key habitat components to address local, lakewide, and basinwide restoration and management needs. The tool, designed to complement work under the Great Lakes Indicator Consortium (GLIC), provides managers with an essential capability to link, map, and prioritize restoration projects in the Great Lakes system. It delivers the first consistent geographic framework to integrate and track coastal monitoring, assessment, indicator development, ecological forecasting, and restoration activities across the Great Lakes.

This classification framework is supported by a geographic information system database attributed with geologic, hydrologic, connectivity, and physiographic factors needed for coarse scale classification. Defining cells at the coastal and nearshore level allows aggregation into larger functional units to meet restoration, management, and scientific needs. This hierarchical structure will provide a framework for developing a Great Lakes coastal and nearshore classification system that can be used at the spatial scale appropriate for the development of regulatory policies, prioritizing management activities, identifying jurisdictional responsibilities, and most critically, for targeting priority locations for restoration activities, stratifying monitoring efforts, and tracking monitoring data. The Great Lakes coastal and nearshore database and classification framework is also needed for food web, hydrological, and physicochemical modeling; conducting assessments to assist managers in targeting causes of impairment; and linking watershed, coastal zone, and open water processes.

Special Projects

Grant title: Growing and Sustaining Great Lakes Restoration Successes
Grant number: 2014.1501
Recipient: Jennifer Hill
Organization: National Wildlife Federation
Grant period: January 01, 2015–December 31, 2015
Dollars granted: $99,999.60

The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes (HOW) Coalition is improving the health of the Great Lakes through this project, which addresses historical threats to the Great Lakes through on-the-ground restoration work. The project provided capacity-building grants to local and state nonprofit organizations in eight priority areas across the Great Lakes region to successfully implement restoration projects through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.