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Sustain Our Great Lakes Awards $5.7 Million in Grants

August 6, 2015

Public–private partnership funds 20 projects, enabling $12.7 million of on-the-ground impact in the  U.S. and Canada

August 4, 2015, WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Sustain Our Great Lakes partners announced 20 projects selected to receive more than $5.7 million in grant funding for ecological restoration in the Great Lakes basin. With a focus on restoring coastal wetland habitat and improving the quality and connectivity of stream and riparian habitat, this investment will help protect, restore, and enhance the ecological integrity of the Great Lakes and surrounding region. Grant recipients will match the new funding with an additional $7 million, for a total on-the-ground impact of $12.7 million.

“The longer Sustain Our Great Lakes is around, the more leaders around the nation are looking at it as the standard for how public agencies and private partners can drive hard to achieve real on-the-ground and in-the-water results to save freshwater communities,” said Cameron Davis, who as senior advisor counsels EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in coordinating 11 federal departments in implementing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Sustain Our Great Lakes is a public–private partnership that supports habitat restoration throughout the Great Lakes basin. Administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the program receives funding and other support from ArcelorMittal, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service. A significant portion of program funding is provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a federal program designed to protect, restore and enhance the Great Lakes ecosystem. Since 2006, Sustain Our Great Lakes has awarded 245 grants worth $54.8 million, leveraging $58.8 million in matching contributions, for a total investment of $113.6 million.

Michigan

  • Conservation Resource Alliance will remove 23 passage barriers, stabilize 1,000 feet of stream bank, and install woody habitat structures along 2,400 feet of stream in four northern Michigan watersheds including the Jordan River, Manistee River, Bear Creek and Betsie River watersheds ($500,000)
  • Huron Pines will restore more than 350 acres of wetland and shoreline habitat by controlling invasive species, planting native buffers, and reconnecting upland and wetland habitat complexes ($115,000)
  • Huron Pines will replace five road–stream crossings, install in-stream habitat structures, and implement agricultural conservation practices in the Au Gres River Watershed ($235,000)
  • The Nature Conservancy will restore 65 acres of coastal wetlands as part of a larger effort to improve 946 acres of wetland habitat at Erie Marsh Preserve along western Lake Erie ($881,628)
  • The Mason-Lake Conservation District will restore a former log-roll site and replace three failing road–stream crossings along the Pere Marquette River and its tributaries to enhance and reconnect 14 stream miles ($424,888)
  • The Manistee County Government will remove the final passage barrier along Arquilla Creek to restore stream function, improve aquatic habitat, and reconnect three stream miles ($90,000)
  • The Oceana County Road Commission will replace a failing culvert to improve connectivity and reduce sediment inputs along the North Branch of the White River ($70,000)

More 2015 Grant Awards

Sustain Our Great Lakes is a bi-national, public-private partnership that sustains, restores and protects fish, wildlife and habitat in the Great Lakes basin by leveraging funding, building conservation capacity, and focusing partners and resources toward key ecological issues.

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