Large Grants

The Water Center has awarded over $4.6 million in large grants to bolster freshwater research and restoration and protection efforts throughout the Great Lakes region and beyond.

Great Lakes Environmental Assessment and Mapping Project (GLEAM): Phase II

Great Lakes Environmental Assessment and Mapping Project (GLEAM): Phase II

J. David Allan, University of Michigan
Sigrid Smith, University of Michigan

Goal: Refine GLEAM stressor maps with new data and rebuild maps at lake-specific scales, evaluate potential impacts of stressor interactions on restoration site recommendations and restoration outcomes, and engage end-users to enhance application of GLEAM resources in restoration and protection decisions.
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Grassy field
Photo courtesy of Michigan Sea Grant

A standardized method for monitoring the treatment and control of invasive Phragmites australis along the Great Lakes coastline and assessing the effects of treatment on ecosystem biodiversity

Laura Bourgeau-Chavez, Michigan Tech Research Institute
Colin Brooks, Michigan Tech Research Institute
Jason Carlson, Applied Ecological Services

Goal: Develop a standardized method for monitoring the effectiveness of herbicide spraying as a management technique for controlling Phragmites australis and assess impacts on ecosystem biodiversity.
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Watershed-scale assessment of stacked drainage practices in the Western Lake Erie Basin to improve water quality
Photo by Jennifer Tank

Watershed-scale assessment of stacked drainage practices in the Western Lake Erie Basin to improve water quality

Sheila Christopher, University of Notre Dame.
Jennifer Tank, University of Notre Dame
Scott Sowa, The Nature Conservancy

Goal: Evaluate the effectiveness of novel BMPs for improving water quality in the Western Basin of Lake Erie.
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Algal Bloom. Photo Courtesy of Michigan Sea Grant.
Photo by Tom Archer

Building capacity for freshwater science: Integrating microbial genomics, environmental chemistry, and ecosystem processes to understand harmful algal blooms

Gregory Dick, University of Michigan, Departments of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Biology
Thomas Johengen, University of Michigan, Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research
Vincent Denef, University of Michigan, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Goal: Integrate methods and add perspectives from diverse disciplines to build capacity for understanding the causes and consequences of harmful algal blooms.
Fact Sheet (PDF)

 

Grassy field

Microplastics in the Great Lakes: Towards establishing a long-term multidisciplinary research platform to assess the impact of microplastics on Laurentian Great Lakes ecosystem health

Melissa Duhaime, University of Michigan, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Krista Rule Wigginton, University of Michigan, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dmitry Beletsky, University of Michigan, Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research

Goal: Establish a research program on campus to study the ecological and environmental health risks of microplastic debris in the Great Lakes.
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A comprehensive stressor-response model to inform ecosystem restorations across the Great Lakes Basin

A comprehensive stressor-response model to inform ecosystem restorations across the Great Lakes Basin

Lucinda Johnson, University of Minnesota-Duluth
J. David Allan, University of Michigan
Jan Ciborowski, University of Windsor

Goal: Integrate land-based (GLEI) and lake-based (GLEAM) stressor gradients into single map, explore stressor-response relationships using a suite of lake condition indicators, and develop indicators that can assess lake condition and diagnose causes of impairment, and provide guidance for managers to use stressor distribution approaches in decision making.
Fact Sheet (PDF)

 

Saginaw Bay optimization decision tool: Linking management action to multiple ecological benefits via integrated modeling
Photo courtesy of Michigan Sea Grant

Saginaw Bay optimization decision tool: Linking management action to multiple ecological benefits via integrated modeling

David Karpovich, Saginaw Valley State University
Joseph DePinto, LimnoTech
Scott Sowa, The Nature Conservancy

Goal: Develop a science-based, system-wide integrated framework to help guide investments in nutrient management practices and restoration projects.
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Restoring the health of the Green Bay ecosystem under a changing climate: Modeling land use, management, and future outcomes

Restoring the health of the Green Bay ecosystem under a changing climate: Modeling land use, management, and future outcomes

J. Val Klump, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Kevin Fermanich, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Hector Bravo, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Goal: Integrate existing watershed, biogeochemical, and hydrodynamic models with down-scaled regional climate scenarios to assess current and future conditions and the efficacy of available strategies to mitigate hypoxia and restore beneficial uses to Green Bay.
Fact Sheet (PDF)

 

Environmental and socioeconomic factors associated with public-private partnership wetland restoration projects benefiting wildlife in the Great Lakes watershed

Environmental and socioeconomic factors associated with public-private partnership wetland restoration projects benefiting wildlife in the Great Lakes watershed

Tom Langen, Clarkson University
Richard Welsh, Syracuse University
David Chandler, Syracuse University

Goal: Determine which environmental and socioeconomic factors are key indicators and drivers of public-private partnership wetland restoration success and identify ways to increase landowner participation in such programs.
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Restoring native fish migrations while controlling invasive species: An optimization approach to support decision making

Restoring native fish migrations while controlling invasive species: An optimization approach to support decision making

Peter McIntyre, University of Wisconsin
Patrick Doran, The Nature Conservancy
Matt Diebel, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Goal: Refine Great Lakes barrier removal decision support tool and transfer to agencies and NGOs for improved tributary restoration outcomes.
Fact Sheet (PDF)

 

Urban pollution footprints on the Great Lakes

Urban pollution footprints on the Great Lakes

Sandra McLellan, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Hector Bravo, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Steve Corsi, United States Geological Survey (USGS)

Goal: Use alternative indicators to determine sources of fecal pollution in urban systems and develop cost effective assessment tools for detecting sewage contamination.
Fact Sheet (PDF)

Rain Garden

Improving water quality and well-being in Great Lakes post-industrial cities: A multidisciplinary partnership to assess Detroit’s green infrastructure

Joan Nassauer, University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment
Natalie Sampson, University of Michigan, School of Public Health

Goal: Establish a multidisciplinary research team to explore the implications of green infrastructure design and planning strategies on socio-environmental systems in Detroit.
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Restoring, retrofitting and recoupling Michigan's Great Lakes shorelands
Photo courtesy of Michigan Sea Grant

Restoring, retrofitting and recoupling Michigan's Great Lakes shorelands

Richard Norton, University of Michigan
Joe VanderMeulen, LIAA
Guy Meadows, Michigan Technological University
Ronda Wuycheck, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Office of the Great Lakes

Goal: Analyze shoreland physical and ecosystem dynamics, conduct fiscal impact assessments, and work with selected Michigan coastal communities to assess the potential to restore, retrofit, and recouple Michigan's dynamic shorelands through state management policies and laws as well as local master plans, regulations, and policies.
Fact Sheet (PDF)

Sandhill Cranes
Photo courtesy of Michigan Sea Grant

Assessing Information Needs and Developing Tools for Great Lakes Ecosystem Management

Catherine Riseng, U-M School of Natural Resources and Environment
Kevin Wehrly, U-M/Michigan DNR Institute for Fisheries Research

Goal: Develop web-based, ecosystem management tools for the Great Lakes region to facilitate access to habitat data at multiple spatial scales to support planning and research analysis.
Fact Sheet (PDF)

 

Projects are supported by funds from the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation and the University of Michigan.

Photos courtesy of project team members and Michigan Sea Grant.