Newsroom Midwest Region

November 15, 2017

Rick Westerhof, 231-584-3553,
Katie Steiger-Meister, 612-713-5317,

Service awards $1.47 million for fish and wildlife restoration in the Great Lakes basin

Kirtland's warbler. Photo by Joel Trick/USFWS.
Kirtland's warbler. Photo by Joel Trick/USFWS.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that $1.47 million in federal funding has been awarded under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act grant program to restore sustainable populations of fish and wildlife resources, and their habitats, in the Great Lakes Basin. One regional project and seven research and restoration grant projects funded will provide $362,095 in non-federal partner match contributions.

Since 1998, the Restoration Act has provided more than $26.3 million dollars in federal funding to 165 research and restoration and regional projects.  When combined with required matching funds, this equals to more than $38.3 million worth of benefits to Great Lakes fish, wildlife and the habitats they depend on. More than 121 organizations have contributed more than $12.1 million in matching non-federal partner support. 2017 funded projects include:

Regional Project

  • Restoring Fish & Wildlife Habitat and Improving Water Quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin - Phase II, Ducks Unlimited, $490,000.

Research and Restoration Grant Projects

  • Boardman River - Sabin (Third) Dam Removal, Conservation Resource Alliance, $200,000.

  • Developing Genomic Resources for Great Lakes Cisco to Facilitate Species Identification and Investigate Adaptation, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, $76,188.

  • Population and Disease Assessments to Inform Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Recovery, Grand Valley State University, $146,466.

  • Continued Evaluation of the Cowbird Trapping Program to Reduce Conservation-Reliance of the Kirtland’s Warbler, The Smithsonian Institute, $49,455.

  • Aquatic Connectivity Under the Tribal Stream and Fruit Belt Partnership in Northern Michigan, Conservation Resource Alliance, $150,000.

  • Effects of Invasive Phragmites and Control Efforts on Bird and Plant Communities in Saginaw Bay, Michigan Natural Features Inventory, $197,804.

  • Dowagiac River Fish Passage Restoration, City of Niles, $166,115.

Learn more about the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act, including how to apply for funding.