Grants: Water Resources

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Cass River Water Trail Access

Jun 2014

Cass River Water Trail Development at Davis Park and Hoffman Site - This project includes WIN support for the construction of public access sites on the Cass River as part of the Cass River Greenways Project (a past recipient of WIN support). This project includes WIN match funding for two sites. A larger application for funding from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund has also been submitted. These sites will be located on the “lower” Cass River in Bridgeport Township – an area that has been identified as a high priority area for the regional Greenways plan.


Coldwater Lake Boat Launch and Access Project - Isabella County

Jun 2014

Coldwater Lake Boat Launch and Accessibility Improvements – Proposed by Isabella County Parks and Recreation Commission, this boat launch and accessibility enhancement project will be located at Coldwater Lake. Coldwater Lake is a high-use recreational amenity in Isabella County, with more than 20,000 visitors using the park each year. This project proposes the development of an all access boat /kayak launching area, as well as improvements to the existing motor boat launch facility to bring it into an all accessibility compliant status. This lake provides access to the Coldwater River, which is a short paddle to the Chippewa River and the Chippewa River Water Trail System (a past recipient of WIN funding).


Hamilton Dam Fish Passage and Improvements - Flint, MI

Jun 2014

Hamilton Dam Project – This project includes WIN support for the removal of the Hamilton Dam on the Flint River in Flint. Classified as a “critical dam” because of safety issues, the City and its partners plan to strategically deconstruct the dam and in its place install a series of rock rapids (similar to our investments at Chesaning, Frankenmuth and other sites) that will eliminate this fish migration barrier. A bypass channel around the rapids will also be constructed. A head of water will be maintained, as this area serves as the primary source of the City of Flint’s drinking water. The project also includes consideration of recreational use, including the conceptual development of an area that will focus on kayak/rapids use. The City of Flint has committed $1 million, and an additional $1 million is part of an application to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. WIN funding will be part of the local match/fundraising.

Cass River Kayak Launch - Vassar

Dec 2013

Earlier, with WIN support and that of the State of Michigan, the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the community, the Vassar Dam was removed. This dam removal has opened the river for new opportunities, including public access. This proposal requests funding support of a public access / canoe launch at the site of the former dam. This funding will match a pending Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant to be applied for in April 2014. This project is an extension of WIN-funded work on eth Cass that has also included public access sites in Tuscola Township and Frankenmuth

Pine River Canoe Trail Universal Access Site

Jun 2013

This project includes a universal canoe/kayak launch facility that incorporates both a floating launch as well as site improvement. This floating launch is similar in design to those funded by WIN at Chippewa Nature Center and in Frankenmuth. This particular site would be the first in Gratiot County and is upstream of the facility at CNC and another at the Tridge. This grant follows a number of projects including river improvements and public outreach by the Friends of the Pine River. The launch site was recently donated to the project by the Chippewa Land Conservancy of Mt. Pleasant.

Phase II Shiatown Dam Removal: Park Planning and Habitat Restoration

Jun 2013

This project contemplates both planning and implementation activities relative to the removal of the Shiatown Dam on the Shiawassee River. The project will increase public access to the River and eliminate an unsafe obstacle to canoes, as well as return the river to a naturally flowing regime that has been obstructed for 150 years. Further the project involves the development of a park improvement plan and habitat restoration design ,along with implementation of restoration plantings and activities.

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.