Michigan's Office of the Great Lakes Awards Grant Funding for Coastal Initiatives

Contact: Rachel Coale, Office of the Great Lakes, coaler@michigan.gov, 517-290-4295
Agency: Environmental Quality

September 7, 2017

The Coastal Management Program in the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes today announced awards of more than $500,000 in federal grant funds for a variety of initiatives on Michigan’s Great Lakes coastline.

The funding will support the efforts of local governments, non-profit organizations, and university researchers in 2018 to protect coastal communities, conserve valuable coastal environments, and collect new data. Projects will improve beach safety, create public access, and develop tools to protect coastal habitat.

In addition to grant funding, the Coastal Program provides grantees with technical support and data. Some funds will continue support for successful initiatives like the popular Adopt-a-Beach and Clean Marina programs, while others will explore new ground with aerial photography and geospatial technology. All grants will maximize resources by leveraging a local 1-1 match.

The Office of the Great Lakes will support 11 coastal initiatives:

  1. Coastal Planners Initiative
  2. Coastal Clean Beaches Initiative (Adopt-a-Beach Program)
  3. Coastal Clean Marina Initiative 
  4. Great Lakes Underwater Historic Resources, Shipwrecks
  5. Coastal Hazards Assistantship
  6. Coastal Dunes Spatial Data Project
  7. Norton Shores – Black Lake Park Accessible Kayak Launch
  8. Village of Sebewaing Master Plan
  9. Mapping Great Lakes Beach Hazards and Decision Support Tool 
  10. Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Website Development
  11. Aerial Invasive Species Mapping and Monitoring System

Learn more about the individual projects on this fact sheet.

“These initiatives and collaboration will keep our spectacular coastal resources clean, safe, and vibrant,” said Office of the Great Lakes Director Jon W. Allan.

Michigan’s Coastal Management Program is funded in part through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which supports a nationwide network of state-federal partnerships protecting America’s fresh and saltwater coasts. Michigan’s program will celebrate 40 years in 2018.

Discover how the Coastal Management team works to protect, restore, and enhance Michigan’s Great Lakes coastal resources at www.michigan.gov/coastalmanagement.  

 

Additional contact: Melody Kindraka, MDEQ Public Information Officer, kindrakam1@michigan.gov, 517-284-6716