For Friday, Jan. 12, 2018
1 – A new State of the Great Lakes Report highlights Great Lakes connections to Michigan’s environment, economy and culture.
The annual report, from the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes, reflects on 2017, recognizes accomplishments in protecting and restoring water resources, and identifies challenges to ensure healthy natural resources and communities.
Report highlights include the 40th anniversary of Michigan’s Coastal Program, a new Michigan Water School for elected officials, and potential applications for autonomous vessels in the Great Lakes for shipping and scientific data collection.
For Lake Huron, the report highlights results from the stocking of Atlantic salmon (page 22).
A state official says initial stockings have produced “exciting results.” Stocking has expanded to additional locations. Since 2010, levels have increased from 10,000 to more than 100,000.
2 – The Sustain Our Great Lakes program is seeking proposals to benefit fish, wildlife, habitat and water quality in the basin.
The program will award up to $5.4 million grants this year to improve and enhance stream and riparian habitat, coastal wetland habitat, and water quality in the Great Lakes and its tributaries.
The submission deadline for pre-proposals is Feb. 13.
Eligible applicants include nonprofits, schools and local governments.
Individual awards will range from $100,000 to $1 million.
Significant funding for Sustain Our Great Lakes comes from the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
For more information, see SustainOurGreatLakes.org.