State of the Great Lakes, Sustain Our Great Lakes

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.

Atlantic salmon. Salmo salar.

Credit: NOAA

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.


– Mr. Great Lakes is heard at 9:30 a.m. Fridays in Bay City, Michigan, on Delta College Q-90.1 FM NPR. Follow @jeffkart on Twitter #MrGreatLakes

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Major Conservancy Award, Sewer Planning Bucks, Solar School Contest

For Friday, Jan. 5, 2018

1 – Eighty communities have received funding for sewer planning.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality awarded nearly $64 million to the local governments to help with planning for sewer system maintenance needs.

Communities and funding amounts include: $1.6 million to Hampton Township and $350,000 to Kawkawlin Township.

This the fifth ground of state grants for sewer planning. The DEQ says municipalities applied for the grants in 2013, and approved applications have been awarded in a lottery process starting in March 2014.

2 – The Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy has received a major award.

The Conservancy has received the Park Design Award for 2017 from the Michigan Recreation and Park Association.

The honor is for the Conservancy’s O.U.R. Saginaw Project.

The O.U.R. Saginaw effort includes a Pollinator Project to convert more than 1,500 vacant, overgrown lots into low-growing, low-maintenance pollinator plots.

There’s also the Janet H. Nash Riverfront Preserve, a 2-plus acre new riverfront natural area, developed out of a under-used parking lot; and nature trails at the Children’s Zoo in Saginaw and at Saginaw Valley State University.

3 – Michigan students can find ways to use solar energy in their schools as part of a statewide contest.

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Credit: Pixabay

My Solar School Contest” is put on by the Ecology Center, U.S. Green Building Council, Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association and others.

Student teams in grades 6-12 will compete by conducting a solar feasibility study at their school and creating a short video to showcase their vision.

Prizes include cash and technical support.

Pre-registration is open until Jan. 19, with a contest deadline of March 30.

See ecocenter.org for more details.

– Mr. Great Lakes is heard at 9:30 a.m. Fridays in Bay City, Michigan, on Delta College Q-90.1 FM NPR. Follow @jeffkart on Twitter #MrGreatLakes

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