Over $300,000 Awarded to Preserve and Enhance Resources Surrounding Lake Superior

By KBJR News 1

Over $300,000 Awarded to Preserve and Enhance Resources Surrounding Lake Superior

August 23, 2012 Updated Aug 23, 2012 at 10:50 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program awarded $316,147 in grants to 13 projects that will preserve and enhance coastal resources of Lake Superior.

Grant recipients include:
• Minnesota Department of Natural Resources – $92,587 to replace the swing bridge in Jay Cook State Park that was damaged by the recent flooding.

• Arrowhead Regional Development Commission – $14,537 for development of a professional concept design aimed at improving parking and public access at the Temperance River Wayside.

• Tofte Schroeder Sanitary Sewer District – $11,250 for septic system designs for the Tofte Town Hall and a proposed assisted living facility.

• Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District – $14,999 for a stream restoration assessment of Otis Creek, and $5,249 for lake monitoring of three lakes near Kimball Creek.

• Cook County Historical Society – $40,000 for a maritime heritage exhibit at the Historic Lighthouse Keeper’s Residence.

• The North Shore Stewardship Association – $6,250 for sustainably redesigning Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center’s parking area, and $4,535 to conduct hands-on training for controlling invasive species along the North Shore of Lake Superior.

• City of Two Harbors – $15,000 for the development a geo-database of land parcels and develop a GIS layer of the city’s zoning districts.

• University of Minnesota: Natural Resources Research Institute – $34,723 to conduct a digital terrain analysis of the coastal area to identify critical or at-risk erosion areas, and $50,535 to study algae along the North Shore of Lake Superior.

• University of Minnesota Sea Grant – $18,872 to increase Great Lakes literacy among educators in the coastal area.

• Minnesota Environmental Partnership – $7,610 to build capacity for citizen and landowner groups for restoration and protection of North Shore waterways.

An additional $15,000 will be awarded in Short-term Action Request (STAR) grants. These small (up to $5,000) grants will fund a variety of coastal education, outreach and resource management projects throughout the coming year.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns