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DNR grant program offers $1.825 million for fisheries habitat work, dam removal
Conservation Planner Tool Provides Lake Data for Great Lakes Region
Annual Student Grant Awarded
2019 Great Lakes Conference Presentations Available
Lunch and Learn Presentations
DNR grant program offers $1.825 million for fisheries habitat work, dam removal and more
Project preproposals are due Aug. 30
An estimated $1.825 million is expected to be available through a new Michigan Department of Natural Resources grant opportunity that combines three previously separate programs and will provide targeted funding for a variety of activities including fish habitat conservation, dam removal and repair, resource assessment studies and access to recreation.
Joe Nohner, a resource analyst with the DNR Fisheries Division, said the department decided to unite those programs to make it easier for applicants to apply for and receive funding, for efficiency and consistency in grant management, to better incorporate stakeholder feedback and, ultimately, to improve outcomes for natural resources and human safety.
“The new Fisheries Habitat Grant will ensure funded projects are better designed, make it easier for applicants to leverage state funds to acquire additional project funding, and allow us to consider a single application relative to the funding sources for which it is eligible,” Nohner said.
The three original DNR grant opportunities – Aquatic Habitat, Dam Management and the Habitat Improvement Account – that merged under the new program no longer will exist separately. The Fisheries Habitat Granttakes the “themes” that correspond to the funding sources and goals of those three prior grant options – aquatic habitat conservation, dam management, and aquatic habitat and recreation in the Au Sable, Manistee and Muskegon watersheds – and offers even more features to strengthen the collective program:
The ability to potentially apply for and receive funding under all three themes (if eligible) with a single application.
The potential to seek a commitment for funding from a future year’s grant cycle, which allows recipients to leverage state funding in applications for federal, private or other sources.
The creation of the Fisheries Priority Habitat Projects list which identifies projects that will receive preference during application review. Applications for projects on this list still must be competitive in other aspects, including cost, appropriate methods and design, applicant expertise, etc.
Required discussion of all projects with a DNR fisheries biologist before an applicant submits a preproposal.
Protecting and rehabilitating fish and other aquatic animal habitats are common goals under all three Fisheries Habitat Grant themes, and for good reason. “Our world-class fisheries depend on quality habitats, but many habitats are threatened by human activity,” Nohner said. “The DNR prioritizes habitat conservation that targets the causes of habitat decline, such as barriers to connectivity, altered water levels or flow, shallow water habitats, and degraded water quality and riparian land – those transitional areas between land and water, like riverbanks.”
Proposed projects addressing the causes of habitat decline might include efforts to:
Improve the management of riparian land.
Restore natural lake levels.
Improve or create passage for aquatic organisms by removing culverts, dams and other barriers.
Improve water quality.
Implement watershed-based approaches to improving both the quality and quantity of water.
Develop projects that demonstrate habitat conservation.
Restore stream function.
Add structural habitats, like woody habitat or aquatic vegetation.
Conduct assessments that will guide conservation projects.
Complete other projects that meet program goals.
Grant and application guidelines, webinar info
Fisheries Habitat Grant funding is available through an open, competitive process to local, state, federal and tribal governments and nonprofit groups, for single- and multiple-year projects. That funding is derived from:
An expected $1,250,000 from the Game and Fish Protection Fund, supporting the aquatic habitat conservation theme.
An expected $350,000 from the state’s General Fund, supporting the dam management theme.
An expected $225,000 from a hydropower license and settlement agreement between Consumers Energy and several entities including the DNR, supporting the aquatic habitat and recreation in the Au Sable, Manistee and Muskegon watersheds theme.
Available grant amounts start at a minimum of $25,000, up to a maximum set at the total available funding level in all theme areas for which a project is eligible. If necessary, smaller projects within the same region addressing similar issues and system processes can be bundled into a single grant proposal package in order to reach the minimum grant amount.
All applicants must complete and submit a short preproposal for DNR review. Preproposals must be submitted by email to Chip Kosloski at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, Aug. 30. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their preproposal by Friday, Oct. 4, and if successful, will be invited to submit a full application. An invitation to submit a full application does not guarantee project funding.
The DNR will host an informational webinar from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7. It’s a great opportunity for interested applicants to ask questions about the new grant program. To register for the webinar, email Joe Nohner at email@example.com.
The detailed program handbook (including timeline) and preproposal guidelines and forms are available at Michigan.gov/DNR-Grants.
Contractors restore a lake shoreline using bioengineering to improve habitat for fish, amphibians and other aquatic species
Conservation Planner Tool Provides Lake Data for Great Lakes Region
The Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership (MGLP) has released its new MGLP Conservation Planner, which provides lake data to inform communicators, managers, and researchers about lakes throughout the Great Lakes region. Specifically, the MGLP Conservation Planner provides data on likely suitability for fishes, land cover along the shoreline and in the lake’s watershed, and conservation recommendations to supplement existing information for each lake. Its recommended uses include provision of data to inform single-lake management, establishment of a framework for conservation strategies in each lake, identification of patterns in fish habitat due to climate and land use change, and as a supplement during potential prioritization of limited resources among lakes.
Annual Student Grant Awarded
Each year, McNALMS teams up with the Michigan Lakes Stewardship Association (MLSA) to offer theLake Research Grants Program (LRGP). This program is aimed at promoting University student efforts to work with lakes and/or lake communities to enhance lake management. Projects that increase the understanding of lake ecology, strengthen collaborative lake management, build lake partnerships and/or expand citizen involvement in lake management are eligible for consideration. This year's recipient of the LRGP is Jasmine Mancuso from Grand Valley State University. She is working on a MS degree in Biology.
Her proposal is titled, "Exploring drivers of cyanobacterial blooms with time-series observations, biogeochemical modeling, and in situ experimentation in a model Great Lakes estuary." Her major goal is to find out what the key physical and chemical factors are(weather events, hypoxia, nutrient loading etc.) that drive cyanobacteria harmful algal blooms (cHABs) dynamics in Muskegon Lake. Muskegon Lake, a drowned river mouth lake, is an ideal location for this type of study because it connects the second largest watershed in Michigan to the Great Lakes system, has the potential to locally influence Lake Michigan, and can be used as an analog to other water bodies.
Under her major professor, Dr. Bopi Biddanda, Jasmine will be working with a team of researchers from various agencies and organizations in Michigan. She indicates that the study is important because the results, partially derived from using high-frequency time-series data, will help in the understanding of the ecological processes within a unique ecosystem like Muskegon Lake to advance management and restoration practices, as well as understand the drivers of eutrophication and resulting cHABs.
McNALMS and MLSA congratulate Jasmine on receiving this grant award.
Great Lakes Conference 2019 Presentations Available
The Great Lakes are one of Michigan’s greatest resources, providing recreational opportunities, a premier fisheries resource, water for agriculture, manufacturing, and other industries and multiple other uses. They are also subject to major problems such as invasive species, climate change, and harmful algal blooms. The 29th annual Great Lakes Conference, The Great Lakes: Managing for Action was held Tuesday, March 5 in East Lansing.
Topics includedAgricultural Best Management Practices in the Lake Erie basin, Economic impacts of restoration in the Great Lakes, Control mechanisms for Asian carp, a recent history of salmon stocking in the Great Lakes, wild rice and its significance, and virtual trails and birding in the Great Lakes basin. Visit the conference websiteto obtain copies of the presentations.
Presentations Available from McNALMS' Lunch and Learn Event
McNALMS' Lunch and Learn Event held March 8 included two presentations. Both of these presentations are now available on this website. One was by Kevin Wehrly with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources discussing Inland Lake Climate Change Science and Information. The other was by Pete Jacobson with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. His presentation was on Protecting Coldwater Fish from Climate Change: Building Resilience in Deep Lakes using a Landscape Approach.
McNALMS annually supports student research by providing grant funding. In some cases the funds are used to supplement other funding that the students has received for their graduate studies. The following articles have been published by students who received partial funding from McNALMS and the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, Inc.
Nohner, J. K., Lupi, F., & Taylor, W. W. 2018. Lakefront property owners’ willingness to accept easements for conservation of water quality and habitat. Water Resources Research, 54. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1002/2017WR021385
A popular recreational activity is the use of Wake Boats for wake boarding. These types of boats create huge waves and may be detrimental to lake shorelines, bottom plants and sediments, and other recreationalists. What is the real impact of these boats from an environmental, safety-wise, and economical perspective? Two students, Erin Jarvie and Marlena Smith, taking a Water Policy and Management course at Michigan State University recently addressed that issue as for their class project and provided their report to McNALMS. You can read their report by clicking here. Another recently released article in the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations newsletter by Clifford Bloom, Attorney at Bloom Sluggett PC also discusses Wake Boats and impacts on lakes and property.
Manual on Lake Management with Lake Improvement Board
All meetings are open to members. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend. Meetings begin at 9:30am in 105 Manly Miles Bldg., 1405 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823 unless noted otherwise.
Encourages cooperation and interaction among lake and watershed professionals, practitioners and managers to address problems impacting Michigan's lakes.
Promotes the sharing of information and experiences on scientific, financial, administrative, legal, and legislative aspects of lake and watershed management.
Fosters the development of lake restoration and protection programs at local, state, and national levels.
Promotes wise lake management by enhancing public awareness through education.
Provides a forum for citizens and managers to share ideas and promote common objectives.
Great Inland Lakes
Michigan's freshwater resources are perhaps its greatest treasures. Dotted with thousands of inland lakes, Michigan enjoys a unique resource that is unparalleled. For all of us who live, work and play on these wonderful lake resources, their is a vital role to be played in their protection, management and wise use.
The Michigan Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) is a group of professionals, practitioners, and interested citizens, who care about the preservation and wise management of Michigan lakes. Focusing on inland lakes, McNALMS is an affiliate member of the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS - www.nalms.org), an international society. Through this affiliation, McNALMS is able to draw on the expertise of scientists, engineers, policymakers, and citizens from throughout the world.
McNALMS includes members from state, federal and local agencies as well as professionals working in limnology, biology, fisheries, recreation, and engineering. The Chapter provides a unique opportunity for individuals, groups and lake advocates to come together to achieve shared lake protection and restoration objectives.
If you share our interest in protecting and restoring Michigan's wonderful lake resources, we invite you to join with us and add your voice to our growing and active effort.