Grants: Water Resources

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Au Gres Stormwater Project: Phase I

Dec 2017

Under the direction of Huron Pines, and in cooperation with the City of Au Gres, this project is designed to create awareness and build local capacity for the long-term protection of water quality and the sustainability of the local community. To achieve this goal, Huron Pines will follow the same model that was successful in the nearby communities of West Branch and Rose City also funded with WIN support. That is to educate the local community about stormwater; document the extent of stormwater runoff issues; propose Best Management Practices to address the problems; generate cost estimates; prepare initial tasks; and assist with community efforts to seek financing for stormwater BMPs where appropriate. In addition to completing a stormwater report and presenting that to the City Council, this project will involve the local school and the business community in order to help raise awareness and create future buy in for taking action steps. Stormwater and associated sedimentation are considered to be the major source of pollution to Saginaw Bay, and engaging communities (especially small communities such as AuGres who do not fall under the same regulations as larger communities) is an important step in preserving and protecting water quality. Similar efforts in West Branch and Rose City have resulted in major projects and have leveraged hundreds of thousands of dollars through the process

Regional Promotion of Flint River Water Trail

Dec 2017

At 142 miles long and covering parts of Lapeer, Genesee, and Saginaw Counties, the Flint River has become an increasingly popular destination for paddlers. This effort, proposed by Genesee County Parks in cooperation with local partners, seeks to develop a logo and branding for the trail, develop a regional map for the trail, complete printed brochures, and implement a FRWT signage program. The project addresses three key needs of the Flint River and region. First the project builds off the "It's Not the River" campaign which was effective in educating residents and the public that the Flint River water crisis was not a Flint River issue. Second, the project seeks to promote the Flint River Restoration Project (of which WIN is an investor at the Hamilton Dam removal) and its significance in opening the river for paddling and recreational activities.

Saginaw Street Landing, South Branch Flint River

Dec 2017

Coordinated by the Six Rivers Land Conservancy, this projects seeks to transform an unimproved road shoulder access into a formal river access site for the purposes of public access and paddling opportunities along the Flint River Water Trail. At this site, people are currently able to park and launch kayaks/canoes, but it is an unsafe situation. This project plans create a driveway and parking area at this 5-acre site that will provide better access to the river, as well as serve as the prelude to the completion of an improved launch area. The parking area will also eliminate an erosion situation occurring at the shoulder, as well as allow broader access for schools who are currently using the site for education and water quality analysis purposes. The site will also serve as a key "upstream" launch site on the Flint River Water Trail. SRLC is leading the fundraising and coordinating efforts under agreement with Lapeer County Parks / Department of Public Works.

Regional Marketing of the Cass River Water Trail

Jun 2017

Proposed by Cass River Greenway (CRG), this project will not only increase the online presence of the Cass River Greenway, but also provide on-the-ground interpretive and mapping kiosks for the project. Since its inception in 2007, CRG has developed more that 10 access points linking communities, worked to improve water quality, increased and improved habitat, establish annual river cleanups, fostered recreational opportunities and recently led the effort to apply for National Water Trail designation. This project will support, in part, the development of an interactive website that will highlight the water trail and the Cass River, as well as provide for updated river kiosks that are placed at access sites along the water trail. The maps have a uniform look and feel that provides consistence regardless of the access site.

Cedar River Watershed Sediment Reduction

Jun 2017

A long-time focus of WIN and other partners, the Cedar River is a 120,000 acres watershed located in Gladwin and Clare Counties. It contains one of the only "blue-ribbon" trout stream reaches in the Saginaw Bay watershed. Past WI support has included public education (local government capacity building, signage) and on-the-ground restoration (dam removal and habitat restoration). Uses along the river include fishing, hiking, and canoeing among others. WIN funded a streambank erosion survey which has been supplemented by a road/stream crossing survey by Trout Unlimited. Both studies identified a number of sites where remediation and restoration activities are warranted to avoid continuing and additional erosion and water quality impacts. The work has been led by a broad coalition of partners including the Saginaw Bay RC&D, Huron Pines, the Fish and Wildlife Service, Little Forks Conservancy and others. This project, led by Saginaw Bay RC&D, seeks to mitigate erosion at one of the prime sites that is causing water quality impacts by permanently repairing the road/stream crossing site as well as installing 1,000 feet of riverbank protection. It is anticipated that this will reduce erosion by 275 tons.

Restoring Spawning Reef Habitat in inner Saginaw Bay

Dec 2016

This project requests WIN support for the construction of one reef restoration site in inner Saginaw Bay. Previously funded research has identified a lack of appropriate habitat for open water fish spawning for multiple species. Historically, Saginaw Bay contained an inner rock reef complex that provided critical spawning habitat for many native species including lake sturgeon and walleye. The goal is beyond creating additional habitat, but helps to facilitate a resilient and diverse native fish population. The WIN funds are dedicated specifically for construction and will serve as match against a larger federal grant that is being applied for.

Middle Branch Cedar River Dam Removal

Dec 2016

Proposed by Huron Pines, this project seeks to not only remove a dam along the Cedar River in Clare County, but also provide training and capacity building for local groups (conservation partners, local and state government agencies)about management options for conservation and in particular, road/stream crossing conservation and water quality options. At the dam site, removal of this dam will open more than 9 miles of main stream tributary on one of the Saginaw Bay Watershed's only "blue stream / pristine quality" trout streams. The current dam not only is a barrier to fish passage, but has also been identified as a source of excess sediment and thermal pollution. While the dam is located on private property, the landowner is contributing $10,000 in cash match, and remaining funds have been applied for through the Michigan Dam Management fund. Four community workshops will be held – two targeting the Cedar River Watershed, and two targeting the Northern Saginaw Bay Watershed and the region at large.

Bridgeport Cass River Access and Trailhead

Dec 2016

This proposed project will develop a river access point and trailhead near the recently restored State Street Historic Bridge in Bridgeport. The project is included the township recreation plan as an amenity and an addition to the Cass River Water Trail project, where WIN has made multiple investments along the Cass. This project joins a canoe/kayak launch at Davis Park located upriver, that was a past WIN investment and was completed in 2016. The trailhead also is part of the Iron Belle Trail network, which has also been a focus of WIN investment including the recently completed Bay-Zil Trail that traverses the Bay/Saginaw County line. A DNR Trust Fund grant has already been approved for this project, and the proposed WIN grant will be part of the local match component. The WIN funding for this project is specifically dedicated to the fishing / wildlife viewing platform.

Pointe Park Development, Renovation and Water Trail Project - Caseville

Jun 2016

This project, sponsored by the City of Caseville, includes new improvements at Caseville's Pointe Park on Saginaw Bay. This 5 acre park is envisioned to be completed with a new universal design canoe/kayak launch which will serve as a premier site along the Thumb Heritage Water Trail, increased fishing opportunities, educational kiosks and installation of energy efficient lighting. The construction will include "sustainable construction principles" including bio-swales, green infrastructure components, and recycled materials. The WIN funds are proposed to specifically fund in total or partially the canoe/kayak launch, lighting, signage and permeable pavers. It should be noted that this entire project will support a portion of the local match dollars for a larger Michigan Natural Resource Trust Fund grant of approximately $300,000

Thomas Township Canoe and Kayak Launch

Jun 2016

Proposed by Saginaw County's Thomas Township, this project contemplates the development of a canoe/kayak launch along the Tittabawassee River along Gratiot Road. This site is one of few owned by Thomas Township that has the ability to offer a public access facility to the public. The launch, while built by the Township, will have parking provided by a private landowner (insurance agency) under a unique public/private partnership to allow access to the river. This site will join others (many of which supported by WIN) along the Tittabawassee that are collectively identifying a "blue way" trail network in the Saginaw Bay region.

Shiawassee River Water Trail

Jun 2016

The Friends of the Shiawassee River (a previous WIN grant partner for dam removal and other projects) is proposing to begin the process of more formally developing an "official" water trail and applying for designation under the Park Services' National Water Trail program (only 18 NWTs exist currently across the country). This project requests WIN support to assist them with the coalition building process, development of the required "Action Plan" for use by partners and submittal for NWT designation, and improved public information resources (including maps, more interactive website, and signage).

Corunna Dam Removal and Access Improvement

Dec 2015

This Corunna Dam sits on the Shiawassee River, above the previously WIN-funded removal of the Chesaning Dam, and below the WIN-funded site of the Shia-Town Dam Removal. This project includes not only the dam removal, but also the development of the site plan for river access that will be implemented along with the dam removal. The WIN funds join the overall project cost and scope, but are directed toward the development of the access site plan, along with interpretive signage at the dam removal site itself. The costs for the plan development are estimated, therefore there may be some flexibility to use any remaining funds, per agreement with WIN, for the construction phase of the project. The access portion of the project includes a 600 ft pathway/trail, 100" boardwalk, overlook and potentially a canoe/kayak launch.