Saginaw County


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Saginaw 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 Alternative Energy from Agriculturally-Derived Pellet Fuel
Saginaw LM
Saginaw Valley State University analyzed the technical and economic viability of manufacturing a renewable and environmentally benign pellet-fuel that competes with wood pellets for heating residential and light industrial buildings. The research included a study of the economic and environmental impact of the long-duration performance of a commercially available biomass combustion furnace that will be set up to heat a light industrial building in the region. The project will included a web-based interface that provides real time telemetry information to both the researchers and the general public.



 
Arrow Assessment of WIN-supported Fish Passage Projects
Saginaw LM
This project proposes to implement applied research at the site of the proposed fish passage project at Frankenmuth. While these fish passage projects have been implemented in several areas across the Great Lakes, this site will represent only the third time that the application of the “rock ramp” passage technique has been used in Michigan and will be the largest project of its kind in the Great Lakes. To that end, this project provides a unique and important opportunity to look at this effort from a pre-rock-ramp and post-rockramp perspective. This WIN investment will support the on-the-ground analysis of how well these structures pass fish, as well as provide early data on the success of fish spawning activity above the dam. The project will also engage the public through presentations by Central Michigan University researchers on the importance of fish passage projects as well as provide important data to decision makers throughout the region about the effectiveness of these projects. As an added piece of the project, researchers will asses some basic qualitative economic information from the community of Frankenmuth about the public satisfaction with the project. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be joining CMU on this project and providing staff and financial support as available.



 
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 Birch Run Bio-diesel Project
Saginaw LM
May 2007 - This project assisted the Birch Run Area School District with an innovative bio-diesel manufacturing program. Designed to produce more than 100 gallons of bio-diesel per week, the district’s students will convert waste vegetable oil from the school district and area restaurants into fuel for the district’s bus fleet. The project will promote recycling, as well as foster learning in chemistry, engineering, and entrepreneurship. According to the district, several other school systems in Michigan have converted a portion of their bus fleet to bio-diesel, but Birch Run would be the first district to actually manufacture the fuel on site.



 
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 Cass River Greenways Project
Saginaw, Tuscola CD
June 2009 - The Cass River Greenways Committee is working on many implementation projects based, in large part, on the WIN-funded “Vision of Green” report from 2003. One of those projects includes the development of a “water trail” and access sites along the Cass River at Vassar, Tuscola Township, and the City of Frankenmuth. These access sites will be on public property and will provide parking, restrooms, picnic facilities, and interpretive and wayfinding signage. All three communities have been working together to develop the plans for the water trail.



 
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 Creating a Sustainable Region through an Investment in Children
Saginaw CD
November 2007 - This project, proposed by the new Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum, requested funding to assist with the construction of the exhibit space component of the museum. In particular, the request was for exhibits that most closely align with WIN’s mission and objectives: Water, Water, Everwhere, Aunt Sugar’s Farm and Night ‘n’ Day. It was the desire of the Museum to incorporate “sustainable’ concepts into the displays as much as possible. They also invited Win representatives to assist in the development of the education programming that will be an integral part of the museum’s operations.



 
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 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 Food Security Through Family Gardening Nutrition Education Expansion Project
Saginaw CD
November 2005 - This is the expansion of a successful 2004 WIN grant that supported an urban garding project in Saginaw County, primarily in the inner-city area. The project offered a mini-grant opportunity for up to 10 counties in the Saginaw Bay Region for the purpose of developing urban gardens.



 
Arrow Frankenmuth Canoe Sites
Saginaw CD
April 2000 - This project will promotes the use of the Cass River by providing canoe put-in and take-out sites in the City of Frankenmuth and at Lyle Park in Bridgeport Township. Both access sites meet ADA requirements and have WIN signage. In addition, the Lyle Park site will have a floating dock. The project is designed to promote tourism and provide access to some previously inaccessible natural areas.



 
Arrow Frankenmuth Fish Passage Project for the Cass River Dam
Saginaw CD, LM
May 2006 - Fish Wish is the capital improvement project designed to modify the Frankenmuth dam, enabling fish passage on the Cass River. The Cass River is a tributary of the Saginaw River and part of the Saginaw Bay Watershed. The fish passage project, located at the base of the Frankenmuth dam, places rock material immediately downstream of the dam. This ramp creates a gradual slope known as a rock ramp. The design does not require a separate bypass around the dam for fish passage and include naturalistic features with the use of rock materials. The rock ramp allows non-jumping fish to pass through notches within the rock/weir structures. Variable flow can occur around the rocks and boulders placed in the river, allowing fish of various sizes to find areas of passable velocity. The rock ramp not only facilitates fish passage but also has great aesthetic and recreational appeal, critical to the tourism economy of Frankenmuth. The Frankenmuth Dam was identified as being one of the three high priority fish passage project by the WIN funded study entitled “Fish Passage at Low-Head Barrier Dams in the Saginaw River Watershed” by Public Sector Consultants. Fish passage at this site allows fish spawning in approximately 73 miles of that river that was currently unavailable.



 
Arrow Gray Water Management / Health Professions Building Renovation- Delta College
Saginaw WM
June 2012 - This WIN investment supports a major update at the Delta College Health Professions Building. As part of these upgrades, Delta will be adding a “gray water management system” that will use water runoff from roofs, as well as ground water from the site, for use in secondary water systems (i.e. toilet flushing) with excess capacity being diverted for lawn sprinkling systems. The project will include underground cisterns, piping, plantings, and a filtration system.



 
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 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 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 Invasive Brush Control on Private Grasslands
Huron, Saginaw, Tuscola LM
November 2000 - This was a pilot project to control brush on private lands in Huron, Tuscola, and Saginaw counties. In cooperation with Pheasants Forever, a Conservation District agent maintained brush control records and prepared educational information on the values of grasslands for wildlife and the use of prescribed fire as a management tool. Priority was being given to native prairies, proximity to wetlands, and invasive exotics – in that order.



 
Arrow Local Provenance Encouragement Project
Saginaw CD
May 1999 - SVSU demonstrated that native plants are an attractive, low maintenance, environmentally preferable alternative to traditional landscaping. SVSU, working in partnership with staff from Dow Gardens, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and local nurseries established model gardens to educate residents and visitors about the economic, environmental and aesthetic benefits of native plants. The plantings also serve as a seed source for plantings elsewhere, and showcase plants indigenous to watershed prior to 1800s and of local provenance.



 
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 Native Plant Seed Source Development at Saginaw Correctional Facility
Saginaw LM
November 2005 - In partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Saginaw Correctional Facility in Freeland, the Shiawassee National Refuge proposed to develop a perpetual seed source for native plants that can be used in restoration projects at the Refuge. In addition, the project incorporated an interpretive kiosk that describes the importance of native plants as part of the ecosystem, as well as describes the fundamental construction and remediation of wetland areas. As part of this project, inmates at the Saginaw County Correction Facility continue the project as part of their current gardening program.



 
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 Phytoremediation
Saginaw WM
April 2000 - This project, sponsored by Saginaw Valley State University, built on work that has been done by the Saginaw County Health Department that has indicated lead exposure / contamination as a significant problem in the Saginaw By Watershed. This project worked to determine the practical and economic feasibility of using common plants for brownfield remediation of contaminated sites in the region. Studies were conducted at the control site on the SVSU campus, as well as at selected contaminated sites in the region. The study attempted to determine whether phytoremediation is indeed viable, and whether removal of lead from land that is currently vacant or not productive may become possible. Further, given that many residential areas and community gathering places (i.e. playgrounds) contain lead in the soil, this process may permit lead removal while causing little disturbance to current activities at the site.



 
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 Practical Planning for Michigan’s Bio-Energy Crop Production
Isabella, Saginaw LM
November 2007 - This project, sponsored by Michigan State University Extension, developed two demonstration sites for bioenergy crops in Saginaw and Isabella counties. Additionally, the project produced printed materials that discussed the next phase of bioenergy production (after corn/ethanol, experts believe that the next energy production techniques will be from cellulosic ethanol). Finally, the grant privided support for conferences and travel to begin building the capacity and expertise of Extension and other resources professional to ensure their ability to support those in the agricultural industry that begin to diversify their crops toward energy production.



 
Arrow Promoting Healthy Choices of Fish Consumption from the Saginaw, Shiawassee and Tittabawassee Rivers
Saginaw, Shiawassee CD
May 2004 - This project studied and developed informational materials related to contamination of edible fishes in these rivers. It comes from a point of view that eating fish is healthy and desirable, but people should understand what type of fish should be eaten, and where those fish can be caught. The project identified choices made by local fish and wildlife harvesters along these rivers including amount, type, and frequency of fish and wildlife consumption from the Saginaw, Shiawassee, and Tittabawassee Rivers; with emphasis on documenting subsistence, cultural or low-income users dependent on the rivers for high quality protein, conduct discussions with community groups to identify citizen needs and opportunities to communicate with citizens that may consume fish and wildlife from the river, develop outreach products that promote healthy local fish and wildlife consumption choices, reducing exposure to PBT chemicals.



 
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 Ringwood Forest Park Canoe Trail
Saginaw CD, LC, LM, WM
May 1999 - One of the recommendations of the Fisheries Scoping Study was to improve small boat access on the watershed’s rivers. This project did that. The Friends of the Bad River removed snags and blockages from the south branch of the Bad River between Ringwood County Park and St. Charles River Park. Some of the downed trees were cabled to the banks to stabilize the river; the rest were removed. The snags diverted the river from its natural course, exacerbating bank erosion. They also blocked small boat access. Removing the snags opened river for small boats, restored the river’s natural course, enhanced fish habitat, and helped prevent future bank erosion. Saginaw County



 
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 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 Watershed Native Planting Preserve at Saginaw Valley State University
Saginaw CD
This project, sponsored by Saginaw Valley State University, intends to fund the development of a native planting preserve on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University. This preserve will include plants, signage and walking trails. The intent of the project is to both encourage the use of native plantings in the general public, and also serve as a demonstration / research site at the university.



 
Arrow Saginaw Bay Watershed Pollution Prevention/Chemical Collection Program
Saginaw WM
May 1999 - This was a joint project of the Saginaw County Department of Health and the Michigan Department of Agriculture to construct a permanent facility to collect pesticides from farmers, homeowners, nurseries, etc. Any end user of pesticides will be able to dispose of unwanted materials at the facility at no cost. The collection facility was completed in 1999.



 
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 SASWA Illicit Discharge Elimination
Saginaw WM
The watershed area for the Saginaw Area Storm Water Authority (SASWA) contains portions of the Upper Saginaw, Lower Tittabawassee, Lower Cass, Lower Flint and Swan Creek. The land usage is composed of rural, residential, commercial and light industrial. The heavy industrial areas are in a combined sewer region. Storm drainage systems have been identified as a source of contamination consisting mainly of sediment with their subsequent nutrient and bacterial loads. This project involved the dry weather screening of a majority of the SASWA watershed area of responsibility, which contains the Urbanized Area of Saginaw. It also involved education of the public to report illicit connections and dumping. The screening resulted in an inventory of drains, outfalls, point sources, and road crossings. With this information compiled sediment loads and discharge sources were investigated and illicit connections found and eliminated to improve water quality in the region.

Saginaw Area Storm Water Authority
Telephone: 989-790-5258 Fax: 989-790-5259
russb@spicergroup.com
 
Arrow SASWA Urbanized Area Disconnect Project
Saginaw LM
The Saginaw Area Storm Water Authority is made up of 16 municipal, county and educational institutions that reside in Saginaw County. The members are committed to helping eliminate illicit discharges and achieve the goal of full and partial body contact in the Upper Saginaw, Lower Cass and Lower Tittabawassee rivers and to further the restoration of the warm water fishery. This project built upon the previous illicit discharge elimination grant and concentrated on an older residential and rural area that was recognized from the previous grant. It also provided funds for follow up and elimination of suspicious point sources. The project identified 6 new probable sources and eliminated 3 other sources. It also was used as justification of a new $5 million dollar sanitary system expansion and pump station in Bridgeport Charter Township.

Saginaw Area SW Authority
Telephone: (989) 790-5258 Fax: (989) 790-5259
jkoski@saginawcounty.com
 
Arrow SASWA Urbanized Area Disconnect Project
Saginaw WM
The Saginaw Area Storm Water Authority is made up of 16 municipal, county and educational institutions that reside in Saginaw County. The members are committed to helping eliminate illicit discharges and achieve the goal of full and partial body contact in the Upper Saginaw, Lower Cass and Lower Tittabawassee rivers and to further the restoration of the warm water fishery. This project built upon the previous illicit discharge elimination grant and concentrated on an older residential and rural area that was recognized from the previous grant. It also provided funds for follow up and elimination of suspicious point sources. The project identified 6 new probable sources and eliminated 3 other sources. It also was used as justification of a new $5 million dollar sanitary system expansion and pump station in Bridgeport Charter Township.

Saginaw Area SW Authority
Telephone: (989) 790-5258 Fax: (989) 790-5259
jkoski@saginawcounty.com
 
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 Setting the stage for the future of the Shiawassee Flats
Saginaw
June 2010 - This project requests funding to support the development of a hydrogeomorphic analysis of the Shiawassee Flats area – a 40,000 acre area in Saginaw County. The purpose of the project is two-fold: determine the historical (pre-settlement) land use in the flats to help determine the direction and potential success of future restoration activities, and to support decision making as it relates to the economic efficiency of activities at the flats



 
Arrow Shiawassee River Resoration and Chesaning Dam Removal Project
Saginaw LM
November 2008 - The Chesaning Dam was identified in the 2003 WIN Fisheries Scoping Study and the subsequent WIN 2005 Low Head Barrier Analysis as a critical impoundment inhibiting fish passage in the Saginaw River system. Like the Frankenmuth Dam, the Chesaning project opens river and makes native spawning areas available to fish that have been compromised since the late 1800s. Fish passage at Chesaning will open 37 miles of stream habitat – with native walleye and sturgeon being the targeted fish for restoration at this location. Chesaning recently received a $900,000 grant from the State of Michigan to match the WIN funding to assist this $1.4 million project.



 
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 Understanding the Fate of Contaminants in the Pine River
Saginaw CD
May 1999 - SVSU used this grant to kick start a new program to allow environmental chemistry students to monitor the Pine River’s ecosystem over the next 10 years. The Pine River at St. Louis is heavily contaminated with DDT and other toxic compounds. The area has been designated a Super Fund site. The project will allow students to monitor levels of contaminants in the river system as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality clean up the site. The program will provide a safe “hands on” learning experience for students. This seed funding will allow SVSU to implement the program during the first year, after which it will be self-sustaining through the environmental chemistry program. The project is not intended to produce data for any regulatory or enforcement purposes. However, the data will be available to people interested in the remediation of the Pine River.



 
Arrow University Center Trail
Saginaw CD
November 2007 - The project requested initial cash investment in a proposed non-motorized trail between Delta College and Saginaw Valley State University. This trail appeared as a priority in the Saginaw/Bay/Midland Greenways plan that was funded by WIN in 2005. The funding will match additional grants that are required for this $1.5 million non-motorized route.



 
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 Urban Gardening
Saginaw CD
May 2004 - The Saginaw County MSU Extension office (Family Nutrition and 4H Youth Programs) worked with the Saginaw Family Child Care Network and other community organizations to establish cooperative gardens for SFCCN homes, neighborhood homes and other community sites. The objective of the project was to teach nutrition principles around the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables, increasing the availability and access to fresh produce, instilling pride in community areas, and building relationships between community groups and agencies working with the community gardening program



 
Arrow Vassar Dam Removal
Saginaw LM, WM
June 2012 - The Vassar Dam is a hazard to recreation, impedes fish passage during low water conditions, and is complicating flood control in Vassar. As part of a broader effort to increase use and appreciation of the Cass River, partners – in particular the Cass River Greenways Committee – have identified the need for the removal of this structure. This WIN grant will help Vassar remove the dilapidated dam structure and restore habitat at the site.



 
Arrow Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring, Support & Training
Midland, Saginaw CD, WM
The purpose of this project was to educate, train, and assist community and school watershed groups to conduct water quality testing in the watershed. The project spun off of two ongoing projects on Midland’s Sturgeon Creek and an effort being facilitated by Saginaw Public Schools. As part of this project, a watershed database and website was developed for housing existing data, and for making the data available to the general public. Steps were taken to standardize the procedures used by watershed groups to ensure quality and consistency in the results. The project was designed to be a model that SVSU can use throughout the Saginaw Basin.



 
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.