Grants: Water Resources

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Rose City Stormwater Management and Rifle River Access

Nov 2012

The project incorporates two distinct, but related projects both aimed at restoring and protecting the headwaters of the Rifle River – an important tributary of Saginaw Bay. The first part of the project includes the development of a stormwater assessment for Rose City, a rural community in Ogemaw County situated along Houghton Creek, a key tributary of the Rifle. Along with that assessment, two implementation projects will occur at already identified runoff sites and will include community constructed rain gardens. The second part of the project will include the development of interpretive signage at heavily used access sites along the river, as well as road signage similar to those funded byWIN at Kawkawlin, Cedar, and the Chippewa River watersheds.

Essexville Smith Park Improvements

Nov 2012

This project includes WIN support for improvements at Essexville’s Smith Park – located along the Saginaw River. This project is part of significant renovations at the facility that will include reconstruction of existing seawall and walkway, construction of a new fishing platform, a new ADA-compliant dock at the boat launch, as well as interpretive signage. This WIN grant matches local funidng and meets the task group goals of increasing access to water resources, promotion of the fishery, and education among other goals. This is Essexville’s only publicly accessible site on the Saginaw River.

Vassar Dam Removal

May 2012

The Vassar Dam is a hazard to recreation, impedes fish passage during low water conditions, and is complicating flood control in Vassar. As part of a broader effort to increase use and appreciation of the Cass River, partners – in particular the Cass River Greenways Committee – have identified the need for the removal of this structure. This WIN grant will help Vassar remove the dilapidated dam structure and restore habitat at the site.

Gray Water Management / Health Professions Building Renovation- Delta College

May 2012

This WIN investment supports a major update at the Delta College Health Professions Building. As part of these upgrades, Delta will be adding a “gray water management system” that will use water runoff from roofs, as well as ground water from the site, for use in secondary water systems (i.e. toilet flushing) with excess capacity being diverted for lawn sprinkling systems. The project will include underground cisterns, piping, plantings, and a filtration system.

Edenville Village Trails and Tittabawassee River Landing

Nov 2011

This project includes the development of a multi-use park in Midland County’s Edenville Township. This development includes a river observation deck, fishing pier and boat launch, improved parking area and a trail connecting this site to the adjacent township park. While situated on the Tittabawassee River, Edenville has very few publicly accessible sites, and none of them are developed or suitable for recreation purposes. Park site overlooks an area of the river that has been historically popular for boaters and swimmers. This project will allow them to access the township park and associated facilities, as well as use the trail to connect them to the center of the village.

Restoring Wetlands and Fish Passage in the Shiawassee Flats

Jun 2011

This proposal contemplates WIN funding, joined by Dow/PIRGM funding recommended by the Water Resources Task Group – to support the restoration of approximately 900 acres at the Shiawassee Refuge. The WIN application addresses the fish passage project alone, though one of the objectives of the water resources task group is wetland restoration as well. The fish passage contemplated in this proposal uses a structure that was first used at Ottawa Refuge in Ohio. This structure will provide certain fish species that are dependent on flooded marsh for reproduction to access the 900 acre restoration site (pike, perch and others). This proposal will match a pending $1,500,000 application for federal funds, and will increase their odds by adding an additional and respected partner.

Shiawassee River Canoe and Kayak Improvements

Jun 2011

This project, sponsored by the Friends of the Shiawassee River, was recommended by the WIN Water Resources Task Group because it supports their mission to provide access to water resources. This effort involves an inventory of canoe/kayak sites, and the development of sites (2 in this proposal) that will connect this project to a previously funded WIN effort: “Top of the Shiawassee Signage”. Further, this project includes the development of a plan to connect aquatic and terrestrial trail systems, interpretive signage, and the development of a promotional brochure.

West Branch Community Supported Stormwater Mitigation Project

May 2011

This project builds on a previous WIN investment that included planning for water quality improvement projects in the Rifle River subwatershed. The 2011 effort focuses on the development of functional raingardens in West Branch, a promotional program to highlight the stormwater issue, a school-based program to involve youth in the effort, interpretive signage, and a stormwater treatment unit at an area of high impact to water quality

Septage Source Elimination Program and Revolving Fund

Dec 2010

Bay County has submitted this proposal to WIN to assist in the establishment of a revolving fund – administered by Bay County – focused on providing low interest loans to homeowners for septic tank repair/replacement in areas where water quality is being negatively impacted. The loans will be provided based upon specific criteria focusing on relative impact to water quality. WIN funds join $14,000 committed by the Bay Area Community Foundation, as well as $30,000 in additional grant monies. Additionally, Bay County will be hosting workshops on how this program will work and to raise awareness of the impact of failing systems on local water quality.

Chippewa River Trail Map and Signage Project

Dec 2010

Mt. Pleasant’s Chippewa Watershed Conservancy is proposing this project to promote key recreational and economic resources in Mid-Michigan, with a primary focus on natural resource-based attributes. The project builds on an effort funded by the BACF Saginaw Bay Fund that will be producing camera-ready artwork for a water trail map for the Chippewa River and “entering Chippewa River Watershed” street signage (similar to WIN-supported efforts on the Kawkawlin River and Cedar River). The proposed WINfunding will support, in part, the printing of the map, as well as add water trail signage, and a web-based map hosted by Isabella County. The project is administered by the Chippewa Watershed Conservancy and is overseen by a multi-disciplinary team of watershed stakeholders including local governments, the Chippewa Tribe, the Isabella Conservation District and others.

Great Lakes Bay Regional Solar Energy Initiative

Jun 2010

This project requests WIN support of a project of the Great Lakes Bay Economic Development Partnership (GLBEDP). The effort, the Solar Energy Initiative, involves the cooperation of the three regional economic development in a united effort to establish the Great Lakes Bay Region as a “hub” for solar energy business development. Specifically, the GLBEDP is requesting funding to support marketing and communication, the development of “shovel-ready” sites, and local education and mobilization. These activities are specific recommendations of analysis completed by consultants in 2008.

Setting the stage for the future of the Shiawassee Flats

Jun 2010

This project requests funding to support the development of a hydrogeomorphic analysis of the Shiawassee Flats area – a 40,000 acre area in Saginaw County. The purpose of the project is two-fold: determine the historical (pre-settlement) land use in the flats to help determine the direction and potential success of future restoration activities, and to support decision making as it relates to the economic efficiency of activities at the flats