Published March 9, 2016
The Fund for Lake Michigan this week awarded nearly $1.4 million in private grants aimed at improving beaches, reducing polluted runoff and restoring habitat in Wisconsin.
The fund was established in 2011 by We Energies, Madison Gas & Electric and WPPI Energy to safeguard the lake and improve water quality in the region. This round of grants went to 26 different projects throughout southeastern Wisconsin.
A majority of the projects directly impact the Lake Michigan coastline and near shore areas. While other address needs in area watersheds that feed into the lake.
“With water problems increasingly in the news, the fund is delivering on its promise to help protect water resources right here in Wisconsin,” says Vicki Elkin, Fund for Lake Michigan executive director.
Other grants include:
- City of Algoma ‐ $75,000 to improve water quality and reduce the number of beach closures at Crescent Beach.
- Harbor District, Inc. ‐ $40,000 to lead and coordinate efforts to sustainably redevelop and revitalize Milwaukee’s Inner Harbor.
- Lakeshore Natural Resources Partnership ‐ $30,000 to increase the scope and scale of LNRP’s small grants program.
- Ozaukee County ‐ $38,500 to identify sources of E. coli that are compromising water quality at Harrington Beach State Park.
- Racine County ‐ $35,000 to evaluate the condition of existing infrastructure within the Racine Harbor and to identify opportunities for restoration and water quality improvements.
- Natural Resources Foundation ‐ $60,000 to evaluate how coastal development affects shoreline erosion and how those impacts can be mitigated.
- University of Wisconsin‐Sea Grant ‐ $17,000 to measure the impacts of beach restoration projects on local communities in Wisconsin.
- Woodland Dunes Nature Center ‐ $100,000 to restore Forget‐Me‐Not Creek, a two‐mile stream that runs through the nature center’s 1,315‐acre preserve and flows into Lake Michigan just south of Two Rivers.
- River Alliance of Wisconsin ‐ $84,000 to support the final phases of one of the largest fish passage projects in the country.
- City of Glendale ‐ $20,000 to use green infrastructure to demonstrate the use of stormwater BMPs at the new Glendale‐Nicolet Recreational Park near the Milwaukee River.
- City of Milwaukee ‐ $25,000 to design and test a new pilot program to encourage private property owners to retrofit existing parking lots with green infrastructure.
- Greater Milwaukee Committee ‐ $60,000 to create a linear park along the recently‐completed Beerline Recreational Trail as part of the Beerline Trial Neighborhood Development Project.
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