Bay County


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Bay County Projects
Arrow A Planning Tool for Sustaining and Improving the Health of Saginaw Bay’s Coastal Habitat
Watershed Wide CD
June 2005 - This project, sponsored by Ducks Unlimited, developed a planning methodology for enhancing and conserving the ecological health of coastal habitat areas along wetland types as well as increase community awareness of the importance of sustaining the ecological health of coastal habitats to human and wildlife populations.



 
Arrow All Bird Planning for Spring Stopover Sites in the Saginaw Bay Watershed
Watershed Wide CD
October 2004 - This project identified important habitats that are needed by migrating birds in our region. To promote science based identification and planning of critical spring stop over sites, this grant supported the necessary literature review and interviews of recognized experts to produce an annotated bibliography and summary list of attributes for all bird groups; and developed the spatial, landscape level targeting map for habitat conservation and protection of critical spring stopover habitat.



 
Arrow Bay City Illicit Discharge Elimination Program
Bay WM
The purpose of this project was to identify illicit non-storm water discharges to the storm sewer system in the Bay City urbanized area. Initially, each outfall in Bay City was investigated using the methodology identified in the city’s Illicit Discharge Elimination Program (IDEP) Field Protocol Manual. During the initial screening investigations, approximately 33 percent of the outfalls were partially inundated by the Saginaw River, so smoke testing and dye testing practices were implemented to determine if any illicit connections existed in the inundated sewers. Approximately 440 residential and commercial parcels were tested. Of the 48 original outfalls identified in the county permit, six additional outfalls were found, nine original outfalls were found not to be municipal storm sewer outfalls and 10 illicit connections were identified. To date, 10 illicit sanitary connections to the City’s storm sewer have been removed and confirmed.

City of Bay City
Phone: (989) 891-1200 Fax: (989) 893-4146
 
Arrow Bay County Farmland Preservation Program
Bay LM
November 2005 - This project coordinated and developed a Farmland Preservation Program for Bay County. Led by a steering committee consisting of both rural and urban interests, this project established the mechanism by which Bay County can potentially preserve high quality farmland through a variety of market mechanisms such as the purchase of development rights. Currently, many farmers are facing escalating lad prices and pressure to sell their land to developers, which can result in “urban sprawl”, loss of community character, and adverse environmental consequences. This project help Bay County plan for the protection of high quality areas, while at the same time identify areas where development may make sense.



 
Arrow Bay-Zilwaukee Trail
Bay, Saginaw CD
November 2008 - This project, sponsored by the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy, contemplates the acquisition of more than six miles of abandoned railway for the purpose of providing a connection between current and proposed non motorized/railtrail systems in Bay City and Saginaw. This WIN investment will be used as a match to leverage approximately $200,000 that has been made available by the Michigan Department of Transportation. This route has been identified as a critical link in the WIN funded “Vision of Green” report that developed the plan for a three-county connected non-motorized link.



 
Arrow Birding Platforms
Bay, Shiawassee CD
November 1997 - This funding was provided to improve birding facilities in the watershed. Two new platforms were to be constructed and the existing platform at Nayanquing Point was to be improved. The improvements at Nayanquing Point were completed in 1998. The new platforms were to be located at the Crow Island State Game Area and in Tobico Marsh at the Bay City State Recreation Area. The Tobico Marsh platform is discussed below. The Birding Task Group encountered difficulties at Crow Island because of concerns raised by the Saginaw County Road Commission and by Consumers Energy Corporation due to road and utility right of ways. The Task Group received permission to use the $6,000 provided for the Crow Island platform for a platform at the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge. That platform was completed in the Winter of 1998.



 
Arrow Breeding Birds of the Saginaw Bay Watershed: Abundance, Distribution and Conservation
Watershed Wide CD
May 2006 - The Michigan Breeding Bird Atlas II is a statewide project to document and survey the state’s breeding birds. The atlas documents nesting distribution, abundance and habitat use of endangered species. The project identified at the section level, the unique habitats or assemblages of bird species for use in conservation and management decisions. This project supported the work to document birds in the Saginaw Bay Watershed. In addition to assisting in the funding of the final state wide report this WIN investment also allowed the Kalamazoo Nature Center to publish and distribute an appendix report that focused specifically on the Saginaw Bay region. A local planning team will guide that part of the effort to ensure that the best available data is produced so that local management decisions can be made by agency and nonprofit resource management group.



 
Arrow Building Skill in Forage & Pasture Management
Watershed Wide LC
October 2001 - This program was designed to educate current producers and new livestock producers about the many facets of forage and pasture production and grazing management. Those project offered classes that included an introduction to managed rotational grazing, the importance of soil fertility and management, the establishment of forage crops, layout and design of grazing systems, animal nutrition, and pollution prevention. The project provided participants with the basic skills of forage and pasture management as well as contact people who can provide technical assistance after the formal classes ended.



 
Arrow Community Wood Use and Demonstration Project
Watershed Wide LM
June 2010 - This project considers a demonstration / fundraising project related to the use of urban wood (forest management and tree removal primarily). Recognizing the increased infestation of the emerald ash borer and its effect on the ash tree stock, as well as the fact that communities continue to cut back significantly on forestry programs, this project proposed to use this wood – and other urban wood -for new purposes. Generally, urban wood is chipped. This project will show that the wood can be used for other purposes, some of which can be profitable and can self-support these efforts.



 
Arrow Connecting Michigan: Planning for the Future of Michigan’s Trailway System
Watershed Wide CD
November 2005 - This project convened trail groups from throughout the state to discuss and evaluate the potential for a state-wide trail network, as well as develop a statewide trail database and website. The project incorporated information from several previously funded WIN projects, including the Saginaw Bay Greenways Collaborative project and the GLS Greenlinks program. This project also identified and cataloged trail opportunities for the 16 counties that had not yet been mapped in the Saginaw Bay Watershed.



 
Arrow Conservation District Challenge Grants for Wildlife
Watershed Wide LM
The objective of this project was to provide “cost-share” dollars to conservation district offices in the Saginaw Bay Watershed for the purchase of “plotmaster” field equipment. The plotmaster is a self-contained implement that allows for the tillage of small tracts of land that ordinary tillage equipment is too large for. The plotmaster equipment also incorporates a seeding device that allows the simultaneous planting of suitable habitat type flora. This grant paid for 65% of the cost for the equipment, and interested conservation districts will paid for 35%. This project is designed to improve habitat in areas that were previously inaccessible, including riparian areas in woodland settings, and along drains that cannot be accessed by other means.



 
Arrow Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) Technical Assistance
Watershed Wide LC
The purpose of Michigan's Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is to reduce sediment, phosphorus and nitrogen loads entering the surface waters in watersheds that have intense agricultural land use. The goal is timprove water quality, sources of drinking water, and wildlife habitats. This project provided technical assistance to promote and assist landowners enrolling in CREP in the Saginaw Bay Watershed. CREP technicians were located in the following conservation districts: Arenac, Huron, Isabella, Sanilac, Shiawassee and Tuscola. The Saginaw Bay Watershed covers 5,573,000 acres, of which 46% is agriculture, 29% forested, 11% open land, 8% urban, 4% wetlands, and 2% water. CREP improves water quality, enhances fish and wildlife habitat, and enhances nestingupland forested and grasslands birds and waterfowl. With a goal of enrolling 90,000 acres, Michigan’s CREP will be the largest voluntary conservation program in the state. Sediment and nutrients are the primary pollutants addressed by CREP practices, with secondary pollutants being bacteria and pesticides. Additionally, as the GLakes make up 20 percent of the world’s surface freshwater, protecting water quality in this important area is a primary focus of all Michigan CREP partners.

Shiawassee Conservation District
Telephone: (989) 723-8263, Ext. 3 Fax: (989) 723-8491
melissa.higbee@mi.nacdnet.net
 
Arrow Conservation Tillage for Water Quality and Wildlife
Watershed Wide LC, LM
November 2000 - This project was designed to encourage landowners to leave corn stubble on farmed fields undisturbed over the winter for the purposes of wildlife food and habitat, as well as to control erosion. This specific grant was used to provide administrative/educational funding to the Saginaw Bay RC&D and Soil Conservation District for the Waterfowl Food Plot project currently in progress and funded by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The educational efforts of the Conservation District included slide presentations, newsletters, leaflets and verbal descriptions to farmers of residue benefits during the administrative activities. Innovative Farmers, a group who currently provides technical conservation information directly to other farmers, also assisted in the implementation of this project.



 
Arrow CREP Permanent Conservation Easement Acquisition Program to 2007
Watershed Wide LC
The State of Michigan Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) was created to help address nonpoint source pollution. CREP encourages farmers to implement conservation practices, such as creating and maintaining natural vegetated corridors along rivers and streams. Farmers who agree to participate in one or more of the CREP practices receive funding to implement and maintain the practice for a period of fifteen years, starting in 2001. By working with various partners, the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy purchased or helped coordinate the purchase of 31 permanent conservation easements on CREP practices, protecting the land in perpetuity from any type of development. Located throughout the watershed (and one outside of our watershed), the easements are held by land conservancies serving the area. The Saginaw Basin is the largest watershed in the state of Michigan. It drains 15% of Michigan’s land area and covers 8,000 square miles and touches all or part of twenty-two counties in the central eastern part of the state. Nonpoint source pollution represents a large and pervasive portion of total water quality problems. Many of our drains and streams have been stripped of their vegetation to provide additional land for farming, resulting in increased sediment and nutrient loadings into the water. This project resulted in the acquisition of 27 permanent conservation easements which will protect in perpetuity 166 acres of filter strips, 1,407 acres of restored wetlands and 52 acres of riparian corridor.

Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy
Telephone: (989) 891-9986 Fax: (989) 891-9987
comments@sblc-mi.org
 
Arrow CREP Permanent Conservation Easement Acquisition Program to 2009
Watershed Wide LC
The State of Michigan Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) was created to help address nonpoint source pollution. CREP encourages farmers to implement conservation practices, such as creating and maintaining natural vegetated corridors along rivers and streams. Farmers who agree to participate in one or more of the CREP practices receive funding to implement and maintain the practice for a period of fifteen years starting in 2001. By working with various partners, the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy purchased or helped coordinate the purchase of 45 permanent conservation easements on CREP practices, protecting the land in perpetuity from any type of development. Located throughout the Saginaw Bay watershed (and one outside of our watershed), the easements are held by land conservancies serving the area. The Saginaw Basin is the largest watershed in the state of Michigan. It drains 15% of Michigan’s land area covers 8,000 square miles and touches all or part of twenty-two counties in the central eastern part of the state. Nonpoint source pollution represents a large and pervasive portion of total water quality problems. Many of our drains and streams have been stripped of their vegetation

Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy
Telephone: (989) 891-9986 Fax: (989) 891-9987
comments@sblc-mi.org
 
Arrow Edward M. Golson Jr. Boat Launch & Nature Park Outdoor Education Curriculum
Bay CD
October 2004 - This project developed and installed interpretive signage along existing trails at this public access point, as well as developed an associated outdoor education curriculum appropriate for elementary, middle and high school students who wish to use this 37 acre site along the Saginaw River. Funds were used, in part, to hire a student majoring in education at Saginaw Valley State University to develop a site-specific curriculum that meets both Great Lakes ecosystem and fisheries education literacy goals as designated in the Michigan Curriculum Framework content Standards and Benchmarks.



 
Arrow Essexville Smith Park Improvements
Bay CD
December 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.



 
Arrow Evaluation of Lake Sturgeon in the Saginaw River Watershed
Watershed Wide LM
May 2004 - This three year project investigated the Tittabawassee, Shiawassee, Cass, and Saginaw Rivers, to determine if lake sturgeon were utilizing these rivers for spawning. The study area included the free flowing portions of these rivers from Lake Huron up river to the first impassable barrier. Anecdotal reports by recreational anglers indicated that occasionally adult lake sturgeon are being captured below the low head dam on the Tittabawassee River near the town of Midland. The origin, distribution and spawning success of that population of lake sturgeon was unknown. Personnel from the US Fish and Wildlife Service Alpena FRO (Service) surveyed these rivers for the presence of spawning lake sturgeon. Information gathered is providing essential data required to guide future habitat protection, enhancement, and restoration activities in the Saginaw River watershed. This project was a crucial first step in determining the present and potential contribution of lake sturgeon from these rivers to adjacent populations in Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron. Additionally, this effort is assisting in the recovery of sturgeon from state “Threatened” status and is consistent with MDNR Lake Sturgeon Rehabilitation Strategy (LSRS). Funding of this project allowed the Service to participate in and expedite the Lake Huron Bi-National Partnership process including on the ground restoration actions and support an International Joint Commission initiative for delisting the Saginaw River as an Areas of Concern.



 
Arrow Expressions of Learning
Watershed Wide CD
November 2006 - The “Just a Drop of Water” curriculum is part of the National Literacy Through Photography project and was implemented by the University of Michigan – Flint. Addressing writing and literacy, the project uses photography to stimulate basic learning skills, particularly reading, writing and verbal communication. This project focused on water issues and water conservation. The University partnered with two schools – one urban and one rural to kick off this program. U-M Flint was the first site in Michigan to host this unique curriculum.



 
Arrow Farmland Preservation Workshop
Watershed Wide LM
October 2001 - This project was a local extension of a series of workshops focused on current tools and techniques for protecting farmland and developing successful land use planning strategies. WIN funding assisted in the planning and implementation of a one-day workshop that will outlined available programs by bringing in expertise from around the nation to discuss these issues.



 
Arrow Filter Strip Education
Watershed Wide LC
November 1999 - Through this project the District worked with the Saginaw Bay RC&D, the Bay and Saginaw Conservation Districts, and the Farm Service Agency to develop a brochure and host a tour for farmland owners in the Tri-County area to inform them about the economic and environmental benefits of filter strips and the availability of federal support to install them.



 
Arrow Fisheries Scoping Study
Watershed Wide CD
November 1998 - Shortly after it was organized in late summer 1998, the WRTG identified fishery enhancement as a primary area of initial focus for its work. The WRTG wished to identify areas where it could target its time and resources to make a tangible difference in the quality and public perception of water resources in The Saginaw Bay Watershed. The WRTG asked The Conservation Fund to perform a scoping study to help it develop a practical, broad-based understanding of public perceptions about fisheries in the watershed and the status of those fisheries. The study also identified an array of appropriate project opportunities for WIN and new WIN partners. The WRTG has begun tapping those opportunities and working with new partners. A final report on the Fisheries Scoping Study was submitted to the Bay Area Community Foundation on August 25, 1999.



 
Arrow Habitat Protection Plan
Watershed Wide CD
November 1999 - Project partners developed an integrated Habitat Protection Plan that coordinates and leverages the efforts of the entities working in the watershed, identify priority habitat areas and recommend sample projects.



 
Arrow Hampton School Rain Garden
Bay CD, WM
May 2007 - Students at Bay City’s Hampton Elementary have developed a “rain garden” on low lying property at their elementary school. Designed to reduce runoff from the school grounds, as well as filter pollutants from the water, the rain garden will serve as an important demonstration of on-site water quality management and green development in a very visible location. A local architect and a landscape architecture firm consulted on this project.



 
Arrow Harvesting Clean Energy Conference
Watershed Wide LM
November 2005 - This project included a local conference in 2006 that focused on bringing agriculture and energy interests together to advace opportunities for producers and rural communites to profitable diversity into clean energy production. Grant dollars were used to bring in national experts to highlight a variety of successful projects, programs and technologies that have worked in other parts of the nation that could be implemented and replicated in the Saginaw Bay Region.



 
Arrow Highway Borrow Pit Restoration and Enhancement Demonstration
Bay CD, LM
Abandoned highway borrow pits are common throughout the region. Most fall into public ownership and are only marginally suitable for public recreation purposes or wildlife habitat. The Cody-Estey Road pit in Bay County has been selected as a pilot borrow pit restoration site. This demonstration showed how borrow pit areas can be metamorphosed into productive habitat areas for fish and wildlife as well as be aesthetically pleasing areas for public recreation. This project established a gated parking area, completed brush clearing, excavated shallow water areas, established an access drive, and re-vegetated the grassland and provides shrub plantings. A sign that describes the demonstration and recognizes sponsors was erected at the site.



 
Arrow Invasive Brush Control for the Enhancement of CREP Grassland Restorations
Watershed Wide LM
November 2000 - The U.S.D.A. has spent $2.5 million to administer a Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) which has restored over 25,000 acres of wetland/grassland complexes in the Saginaw Bay Watershed during 2001 and 2002. Portions of these restorations are vulnerable to brush invasion during early stages of establishment if they are near wooded areas. In order to establish the desired plant communities, brush must be controlled either by mowing or application of Garlon 3A herbicide. Chemical spot treatment during the first year or two of restoration appear to be the most effective and least costly means of control identified thus far. The grant funds will be used to hire contractors who have the training and experience to identify target species without injuring the desired prairie and wetland species. Currently brush control is not an eligible practice under the CREP program. This project will demonstrate to CREP administrators the need for brush control funding in future CREP programs. Grasslands are important habitat for small mammals, which are an important food source for red-tailed hawks, marsh hawks, short-eared owls, red fox, and coyotes. Grasslands provide nesting cover for Henslow, grasshopper, and vesper sparrows, meadowlarks, bobolinks, bobwhite quail, pheasants, and several species of ducks.



 
Arrow Kawkawlin River Watershed Planning Project
Bay WM
The Kawkawlin River and Watershed is a unique and fragile resource that has experienced degradation over the last several decades. It is more dependent on storm water for its flow than any other river in Michigan. The 250 square mile watershed has seen increased development pressures and until the last decade, intensive agricultural practices and limited pollution control has contributed to the poor water quality and the physical condition of the stream. Warnings against full body contact in the River have been issued by the Bay County Health Department due to high levels of E- coli. Portions of the river that reach a depth of eight or more feet in the spring, dry completely in the summer. In that respect, the Kawkawlin more resembles a man made drain than a watercourse. There have been a number of studies done on the Kawkawlin over the years. This project has consolidated data and prioritized opportunities to better implement a restoration strategy.

Bay County Drain Commissioner
Telephone: (989) 895-4290 Fax: (989) 895-4292
rivetj@baycounty.net
 
Arrow Michigan Waterfowl Legacy Implementation in the Saginaw Bay Region
Watershed Wide LM
December 2012 - This project supports an expanded Saginaw Bay component of the newly created Michigan Waterfowl Legacy program. The MWL is a statewide effort to promote the use of wetlands, primarily by hunters, new hunters, and birders. The objective of the program is to improve waterfowl populations and habitat, increase waterfowl hunting participation, promote the value of waterfowl hunting, and engages citizens to take positive action to conserve the state’s waterfowl and wetland areas. This coalition operates on a small, statewide budget primarily supported by the partners in the coalition. This proposal seeks to fund work specifically in the Saginaw Bay Watershed – work that will primarily include communication and marketing materials and events.



 
Arrow MIFFS MarketLine Promotion
Watershed Wide CD
May 2001 - The Michigan Integrated Food and Farming Systems project is a non-profit 501©3 organization headquartered at Michigan State University. MIFFS focuses on fostering and implementing projects that attempt to improve the economic and social well-being of Michigan farms, farm communities, and the ecological well-being of Michigan’s natural resources. This project assisted in the expansion and promotion within the Saginaw Bay region of the MIFFS MarketLine website. MarketLine is designed to allow growers to register their ag-related products and consumers, such as restaurants or processors, to register the sorts of ag products they are searching for, thereby providing a link between local growers and local consumers that was not available prior to MarketLine



 
Arrow Nayanquing Point and Fish Point Shorebird Habitat Restoration
Bay LM
November 1998 - DU partnered with the DNR to develop two shorebird habitat areas, one at the Nayanquing Point Wildlife Area and the other at Fish Point Wildlife Area. These areas provide critical habitat for shorebirds, waterfowl and other wetland wildlife, and serve as excellent viewing areas for birdwatchers. The shallow water habitat developed through this project will also benefit rails, moorhens, and wading birds. These new shorebird habitats are adjacent to existing wheel chair accessible observation towers and will provide high quality viewing areas.



 
Arrow Nayanquing Point East Marsh Enhancement Phase 3
Bay CD, LM, WM
This project was the third and final phase of a plan to enhance the Nayanquing Point Wildlife Area’s (near Linwood) 298-acre East Marsh for wildlife habitat and public use. The phase 3 program involved the installation of screw down flap gates on the two existing 36” tubes through the dike at the East Marsh. The addition of these gates allows water levels to fluctuate naturally with the level of Saginaw Bay, while at the same time allows for the containment of water in the unit during low water, or expected low water conditions.



 
Arrow Organic Education and Advancement
Watershed Wide LM
October 2001 - This project provided education, training and experience in organic production certification and marketing for organic farmers who are interested in these practices. This project developed the framework for a decreased use of agricultural chemicals, developed the capacity for small-farm based organic production, and an increased profitability for producers who choose to participate in this niche market. Learning activities included group meetings, tours, on-farm demonstrations, field days, regional conferences, focus groups and mentorships.



 
Arrow Outdoor Writers Tour of the Saginaw Bay Area
Watershed Wide CD
May 1999 - The CVBs partnered to promote the watershed’s outdoor attractions to outdoor writers visiting the area for a national In Fisherman walleye tournament. The tournament was held August 4-6, 1999. The writers’ tour was held July 30 – August 6. The CVBs developed a targeted list of writers and a package of materials about the watershed’s attractions. By exposing a cross section of writers to the watershed’s amenities, the CVBs can generate stories in credible national and regional media about the Saginaw Bay area and the watershed.



 
Arrow Place Based Blended Learning
Watershed Wide CD
December 2010 - This project, sponsored by University of Michigan – Flint intends to fund the development of a series of on-line short courses focused on improving the capacity of schools (particular focus on urban schools) to conduct place-based education. Place-based education promotes learning that is rooted in local, unique history, environment, culture etc… that is in a student’s own place or immediate geographic location. This project is a part of an ongoing effort at U-M Flint that partners the university with the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative in a 10-year program to promote and address urban environmental stewardship needs. The online course will focus on sustainability – the relationship of the environment, community, and economy – and will offer continuing education credits through UM-Flint for successful completion of the courses.



 
Arrow Pollution Prevention for Regional Healthcare Facilities
Watershed Wide WM
November 1999 - The National Wildlife Federation launched this voluntary program with all major health facilities across the watershed to reduce the amount of mercury in hospital waste streams. The project quantifies the amount of mercury diverted. Partners in this region included Bay Medical Center, Covenant Hospital, and Mid-Michigan Regional Medical Center.



 
Arrow Preserve Restoration and Demonstration
Bay LM
May 2006 - This project proposes to use WIN funding to eliminate the non-native Phragmites vegetation from the Pinconning Nature Preserve, which is owned by the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy. This project involved both a controlled burn on the property, as well as the application of a chemical herbicide. The project sponsors believed that by eliminating the Phragmites that has taken hold in the preserve, it will allow them to more effectively maintain control of this undesirable species in the future. The site is a high quality coastal site along the Saginaw Bay.



 
Arrow Raptor Housing Project
Watershed Wide CD
April 2000 - The Wildlife Recovery Association (WRA) offers programs that promote interest in wildlife and participate in wildlife events at various nature centers, businesses and outdoor events. This particular project focused on their Birds of Prey program and funded the repair of the housing used for these birds that were built 25 years ago. The cages funded by this grant will helped WRA reach more than 20,000 people each year with quality, award winning programs.



 
Arrow Regional Marketing (of watershed to bird watchers)
Watershed Wide CD
November 1997 - This project was developed to improve awareness of birding opportunities in the Saginaw Bay Watershed, and to insure that the region receives its share of the $521 million spent on bird watching in Michigan each year. A regional birding brochure was developed and sent to members of the American Birders Association throughout the Great Lakes states and in Texas, was distributed to Michigan Welcome Centers, and provided to local convention and visitors’ bureaus and businesses that serve birders. WIN member Ron Weeks developed a website that promotes birding in the watershed. The address of the site is www.saginawbaybirding.org. The website is now maintained by an avid birder from Bay City. The final element of the marketing campaign is the development and placement of advertisements in key birding magazines. WIN’s new Marketing Task Group has developed and placed the advertisements in the spring, summer and winter 2000 issues of Bird Watchers Digest, Birder’s World and WildBird.



 
Arrow Restoring Flows and Enhancing Fish Passage over Low-head Barrier Dams in the Saginaw River Wateshed
Watershed Wide LM
Based on research presented in the WIN Water Resources Fisheries Scoping Study, this document detailed a critical issue facing the natural reproduction of the Saginaw Bay Fishery as lack of access to appropriate spawning areas caused by dams. This project developed a strategy for resource managers and communities that will assess the most cost-effective options for fish removal and/or fish passage to achieve the targeted, sustainable fish population goals for Saginaw Bay. This strategy includes a classification of dams in the Saginaw River Watershed based on current use, ownership, expected life span, potential safety issues, sea lamprey barrier issues, and other factors such as potential for increasing spawning habitat in a tributary, as well as costs and funding options. Watershed Wide



 
Arrow Saginaw Bay Agriculture Marketing & Development Network
Watershed Wide CD
October 2001 - MSU is exploring the opportunity to develop a cross-discipline team of individuals that could assist producers in developing new networks, strategies and market opportunities for their products. The projects picked up on the need for expertise in areas of value-added production and niche markets, along with a diversification in farm produce that can help to make farming a more profitable endeavor. MSU developed a strategic network of individuals (including MSU Extension agents, economic development, leaders, and local lenders) who might be able to provide the needed business expertise to bring new, creative, and innovative products to the market.



 
Arrow Saginaw Bay Environmental Education Center
Bay CD
May 2008 - This project, sponsored by BaySail, will fund the development of a zero stormwater runoff facility as a permanent home for the Appledore Schooners. The main features of the project are a 2500 sq ft intensive green roof, a porous concrete and previous grass school bus irrigation system, and native species landscaping.



 
Arrow Saginaw Bay Farmers Minimize Environmental Risks by participating in MAEAP
Watershed Wide LC
May 2004 - This project focused on the promotion and education of both an agricultural and non-agricultural audience about the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). The MAEAP is a voluntary agricultural pollution prevention program which ensures that participating producers use effective land stewardship practices that comply with environmental regulations. This grant supported the development of a DVD that serves as a promotional piece for the program, to communicate with local communities about MAEAP and what Saginaw Bay farmers are doing to protect the environment through this voluntary program. Additionally, the DVD serves to educate Saginaw Bay farmers and others about the program and how to participate, along with providing additional technical materials including pdf documents, presentations, web links and technical documents necessary to participate in the program.



 
Arrow Saginaw Bay Great Lakes Water Quality Issues Booth
Bay, Midland, Saginaw CD, WM
May 2006 - The issues booth promotes public awareness and understanding of the Saginaw Bay and Great Lakes water quality by demonstrating how individual actions impact the freshwater system of our region. The project seeks to affect the behavior of individuals by educating them about the importance of their actions, to contribute to a broader education effort that seeks to bring about a cultural shift in attitude toward environmental stewardship, and to promise the Saginaw Bay region throughout the Great Lakes Basin as a tourism destination and opportunity,



 
Arrow Saginaw Bay Sustainable Business Forum (Phase 2)
Watershed Wide CD
October 2001 - This proposal is a request for second year funding of a three-year project to develop the Saginaw Bay Sustainable Business Partnership. The first year of the program has resulted in the successful creation of a sustainable business organization and an interim board of directors composed of charter members. The second year funding is to create technical work groups composed of member companies to develop guidance and implementation tools on sustainable purchasing, environmental management systems and green facility operation.



 
Arrow Saginaw Bay Sustainable Business Partnership
Watershed Wide CD
April 2000 - Sustainability is an emerging business trend that is quickly moving from the fringes of strategic planning into the core operations of many international corporations. The adoption of this strategy is being accelerated by global companies that are seeking ways to increase value to their shareholders and other stakeholders in an increasingly multicultural, international marketplace. These companies are often looking for ways to dramatically increase resource efficiencies in a world of finite supplies of raw material and exploding consumer demand. They are discovering that by integrating environmentally sustainable principles of commerce into their strategic planning and operations, enormous opportunities are emerging to reduce negative environmental impacts at the local and global level, improve health and safety conditions for their workers, and improve their profitability. This project seeks to build on this global phenomenon by developing the local infrastructure necessary to help businesses in the Saginaw Bay Watershed incorporate environmentally sustainable business practices. The project will achieve this goal by developing a network of businesses and other interested stakeholders into a formal partnership.



 
Arrow Saginaw Bay Watershed Livestock Exclusion
Watershed Wide LC
The Saginaw Bay Watershed includes all or part of 22 counties in east/central Michigan. A Michigan DEQ-SWQD survey identified animal access sites within the watersheds contributing sediment and nutrient loading to the Bay. The goal of the project was to reduce the nutrient loading to the Saginaw Bay caused by livestock access to drains of the watershed.

Saginaw Bay RC&D
Telephone: (989) 684-5650 Fax: (989) 684-5896
saginawbay@aol.com
 
Arrow Saginaw Bay WIN Outdoor Education Partnership
Watershed Wide CD
May 2004 - This project supported the joint administration (U.S Fish and Wildlife Service and Ducks Unlimited – Great Lakes) of a project designed to restore wetland and grassland habitats as outdoor classrooms on elementary, middle, and high school lands in the Saginaw Bay Watershed. This project intends to develop 5 to 10 educational facilities, as well as provide associated supplies (binoculars, dip nets, text materials) that will assist in interpretation of the educational areas, as well as discuss sustainable concepts and why wildlife habitat conservation and appreciation is an important component of the educational process.



 
Arrow Saginaw Bay WIN “Green Village” at the Tall Ships Celebration
Bay CD
December 2009 - The 2010 Tall Ship Celebration in Bay City marks the only Michigan stop of the Tall Ship Challenge in 2010. Anticipating more than 100,000 people coming to visit the event, an economic impact of over $10 million is anticipated during the course of the fleet’s stay in Bay City. The “Green Village” will be a new, but important, feature at the event and will give visitors a chance to experience eco-friendly products, services, and ideas that they can use long after the event. Attendees will learn about what local companies and organizations are doing to make our region more sustainable.



 
Arrow Scientific Irrigation Scheduling for SBW Producers
Watershed Wide WM
October 2001 - Designed to assist farmers who utilize irrigation for crop production, this project helped individuals better understand soil/water holding capacity, how evapotranspiration varies throughout the growing season, how water needs vary over time, and the movement of agricultural chemicals through the soil. WIN funding helped provide education, as well as allowed for the purchase of a Troxler Electron Moisture Sensor that allows for sensitive determination of water content at a variety of soil levels. The sensor is available to Extension agents throughout the watershed.



 
Arrow Septage Source Elimination Program and Revolving Fund
Bay WM
December 2010 - Bay County has submitted this proposal to WIN to assist in the establishment of a revolving fund – administered by Bay County – focused on providing low interest loans to homeowners for septic tank repair/replacement in areas where water quality is being negatively impacted. The loans will be provided based upon specific criteria focusing on relative impact to water quality. WIN funds join $14,000 committed by the Bay Area Community Foundation, as well as $30,000 in additional grant monies. Additionally, Bay County will be hosting workshops on how this program will work and to raise awareness of the impact of failing systems on local water quality.



 
Arrow Spray Park with Rain Garden
Bay CD
June 2009 - This project, sponsored by the Friends of Bay City State Recreation Area, intends to fund the development of a rain garden associated with the construction of a spray park at Bay City State Recreation Area. The rain garden will use discharge water from the spray park and will filter this water before it is discharged. In addition, the rain garden will provide an educational element for the visitors at the spray park. The spray park will be located within the Bay City State Recreation Area, adjacent to the “Come Play by the Bay” community-built playground.



 
Arrow Sustainable Aquaculture Initiative
Bay CD
May 2001 - This project studies whether it would be feasible to partner with an existing manufacturer in the Saginaw Bay Watershed (Monitor Sugar) to develop an environmentally sustainable business that utilizes waste heat and water from the beet processing operations. In theory, it is possible to utilize the excess hot water generated from processing operations to support alternative sustainable aquaculture adjacent to the manufacturing facility. In this case, it is surmised that freshwater prawns could be produced. Saginaw Valley State University has developed an interdisciplinary team that will study this proposal to see if, indeed, it would be feasible. It is further anticipated that National Science Foundation Funding would be requested to move beyond the WIN-funded feasibility study, into test-scale operations both on campus at the processing facility in Bay City.



 
Arrow Tobico Marsh Birding Platform
Bay CD
May 1999 - The Friends of the Bay City State Park requested funding to improve bird watching access in Tobico Marsh along the Andersen Trail. The area is popular among birders because it attracts a variety of birds for much of the year. In addition, thousands of school children visit the area each year. The platform will make it easier for all visitors to see birds and wildlife.



 
Arrow Understanding Habitat and Nutrient Requirements of Spring Staging Waterfowl and Shorebirds
Watershed Wide CD
November 2005 - The purpose of this project was to determine the amount and types of wetland habitat that are required to support the nutritional needs of spring migrant birds. The project produced a planning tool/methodology that assists biologists in conducting a more accurate and cost effective determination of habitat priorities in the Great Lakes region generally, and in the Saginaw Bay Region specifically.



 
Arrow Urban and Community Forestry/Saginaw Bay Watershed Region
Watershed Wide
June 2005 - This project, developed by Global ReLeaf of Michigan, propsed to support and grow a network of communities in the Saginaw Bay Region that are focused on maintaining and establishing urban tree programs. This grant supported quarterly meetings for watershed communites, provision of technical assstance to communites, the utilization for native and local provenance trees for street tree replacement and park plantings, and the engagement of volunteers in tree inventories, tree boards, and tree plantings.



 
Arrow Wood Ducks in the Watershed
Watershed Wide CD, LM
November 2000 - Bob Kraut, fifth grade teacher at Bay City’s Washington Elementary School, developed this innovative program designed to teach youth about wildlife and the outdoors. Through the Wood Ducks in the Watershed project, fifth graders build and place approximately 60 wood duck nesting boxes per year on area public and private lands. High school students from Bay City Western and Bay City Central high schools are mapping, repairing, and collecting data from the boxes. Information that students collect is passed on to local and state agencies for statistical research purposes. This is an ongoing project that is funded outside of the school budget.