Small Grant Case Studies
The Lake Michigan Watershed Academy provides Regional Planning Organizations with the opportunity to share their work, experience, and ideas on regional issues of importance to Lake Michigan and the Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP). Regional Planning Organizations play a key role in protecting the environment and are integral in creating large scale visions for their areas. A primary objective of the Lake Michigan Watershed Academy is to provide peer-to-peer learning to shape, learn, and collaborate on programs, projects, and communications that improve the environmental quality of Lake Michigan. As a result, Regional Planning Organizations are better equipped to conduct outreach and distribute information to local constituencies and make planning decisions that improve the ecosystem health of Lake Michigan.
Members of the Lake Michigan Watershed Academy have access to a small grants programs to implement a project and share their work outcomes. The projects will help encourage knowledge transfer through the peer network of the established Regional Planning Commissions throughout the Lake Michigan basin. These case studies provide in-depth detail on a local project implemented by the members of the Lake Michigan Watershed Academy.
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East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
The East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission partnered with the Wisconsin Geologic and Natural History Survey (WGNHS) to complete groundwater recharge modeling for three of the seven counties within East Central’s Study Area within the Lake Michigan Basin.
Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission
The Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission (Bay-Lake RPC) is working with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP), and the National Park Service (NPS) - Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program to develop a Lake Michigan water trail network in Wisconsin that provides kayakers and boaters with public water access locations, and other useful information along Lake Michigan.
West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission
The Muskegon County Green Infrastructure Inventory is based on a recommendation of Muskegon County’s comprehensive land use plan titled the Muskegon Area-wide Plan (MAP). The MAP involves citizens in a shared vision to plan the future of Muskegon County. It contains five vision areas: Natural Resources, Open Space and Environment; Land Use and Growth; Economy and Jobs; Infrastructure; and Quality of Life. The MAP calls for the development of a comprehensive green infrastructure plan.
Northwest Michigan Council of Governments
The Northwest Michigan Council of Governments (NWMCOG), the ten county regional planning agency created and administered the Green Infrastructure: Incorporating Natural Resource Assets into Infrastructure Planning project under the Lake Michigan Watershed Academy Program which was funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
This project of the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) was designed to positively impact watershed management, including the protection and improvement of Lake Michigan, through sound riparian corridor guidance. Expansion and refinement of guidance was undertaken for retrofitting, placement, or removal of riparian infrastructure, such as dams and road crossings, to balance transportation, recreation, aesthetic, property value, and environmental considerations.
Southwest Michigan Planning Commission
This project will advance wetland protection and restoration efforts in the watershed by fostering the development and coordination of a bi-state Wetland Partnership and targeting outreach efforts to landowners and municipalities. The project will help establish a comprehensive process to identify and evaluate wetland functions. This information will be combined with other criteria to prioritize wetlands so limited resources can be used more efficiently.
Southcentral Michigan Planning Council
The project involves development of a systematic approach for the review of municipal land use regulations (zoning ordinances) for the purpose of developing recommendations for the reduction of the incidence of imperviousness.