Grants: Water Resources
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Corunna Dam Removal and Access ImprovementDec 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.
Chippewa Watershed Septic Source Identification and Database Development ProjectDec 2015
This project, sponsored by the Gratiot Conservation District and Mid-Michigan Community Health Department, seeks to improve and develop a database to better track sources of bacteriological contamination of the upper Chippewa River. Currently, the ability of the health department and other stakeholders to track sources is stymied by lack of available information. This project will use WIN funds, along with funding support provided by the conservation district and health department, to develop a database layer using Geographic Information Systems that will overlay properties with septic systems that are in high-priority areas, specifically adjacent to water courses. The project will also allow the partners to develop educational material as well as develop and package presentations that will be used for community groups and others looking toward a phase 2 of the project, that include a "fund" to assist in the repair/replacement of failing systems.
Village of Byron River Access FacilityJun 2015
Proposed by the Byron Village Downtown Development Authority, this project seeks to develop and formalize an undeveloped site frequently used by community members to access the Shiawassee River at Byron. The site, located on expansive riverfront property owned by the school district, is a key component of the DDAs new riverfront access plan and community development program. The work in Byron joins a variety of community projects along the Shiawassee River that have occurred in recent years, much of which have been supported by WIN including the Chesaning Fish Passage, Shia-Town dam Removal and restoration, Heritage Water Trail, and ongoing work by the Friends of the Shiawassee including additional public access sites. This site will provide not only access to the river for canoes and kayaks, but also for other community events such as fishing and river sampling.
Frankenmuth Memorial Park Boat Launch RenovationsJun 2015
Building on other investments in and around Frankenmuth including public access sites, dam removal, blueway mapping, riverbank restoration, and kayak/canoe launch facilities and equipment, the City of Frankenmuth is requesting WIN fund to match a Michigan Natural resource Trust Fund grant for improvements at one of the City's primary public access locations. The proposed renovations at the site include a wider and longer boat launch, a fishing platform and accommodations for canoe and kayak launching. This site is identified as an access point along the Cass River Water Trail, a program of the Cass River Greenways
Streambank Stabilization and Fish Habitat Improvement - Cass RiverDec 2014
On the Cass River and Cole Creek, a major tributary, more than two dozen sites have been identified as active and severe erosion sites. These sites have also been ranked for severity. This project will install tree revetment erosion control mechanisms on at least 1,000 feet of riverbank at these sites. Tree revetments not only substantially decrease erosion at low cost, but also provide for new habitat for both terrestrial and aquatic wildlife. The goals are sediment reduction, nutrient reduction, and habitat development.
Rifle River Prosperity Network - Huron PinesDec 2014
Proposed by Huron Pines, this project seeks to engage communities more fully in the relationship between their communities and the Rifle River. Using the "Gateway Community" concept, Huron Pines and partners will engage businesses, environmental organizations, and others in identifying how to best maintain and improve community character, while balancing environmental protection and economic development. This 18+ month project includes community forums, development of a shared vision, and a unique mini-grant program that partners can use to implement creative projects geared toward identifying the region as a "Gateway".
Cass River Water Trail AccessJun 2014
Cass River Water Trail Development at
Coldwater Lake Boat Launch and Access Project - Isabella CountyJun 2014
Hamilton Dam Fish Passage and Improvements - Flint, MIJun 2014
Hamilton Dam Project – This project includes WIN support for the removal of the Hamilton Dam on the Flint River in
Cass River Kayak Launch - VassarDec 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
Pine River Canoe Trail Universal Access SiteJun 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
Phase II Shiatown Dam Removal: Park Planning and Habitat RestorationJun 2013
This project contemplates both planning and implementation activities relative to the removal of the Shiatown Dam on the