Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal
Program awards grants for 2004
Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program has awarded
grants to 20 different government and non-profit organizations
for a variety of coastal projects. The Governor's Council on
Minnesota's Coastal Program, which selects the projects, will
fund 32 projects totaling $762,551. The organizations, which
include eight local units of government, seven non-profit
organizations and five state agencies, will begin receiving
funding in August.
Projects funded by the Lake Superior Coastal Program include a
variety of educational, planning and construction projects such
as regional storm and surface water educational programs, an
interactive marine traffic tracking system, an additional year of
"A View from the Lake" guided tours, GIS parcel mapping for
several communities, a sediment quality database, waterfront
planning a cooperative wastewater management study, and
interpretive displays for Tofte Lakewalk, Silver Bay Marina and
Taconite Safe Harbor. The projects also range geographically from
a trail connection study in Cloquet to lake and river monitoring
in Cook County.
An additional $40,000 in Short Term Action Request (STAR) funds
will be awarded throughout the year for education and outreach
initiatives, and coastal resource management projects.
Projects are selected on an annual basis with funds received from
the Coastal Zone Management Act and the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Office of Ocean and Coastal
The Minnesota Lake Superior Coastal Program provides funding and
technical resources to coastal communities. These funds help
balance land use, public access and recreation pressures on our
coastal resources with the need for conservation and preservation
efforts along the North Shore. The coastal community consists of
portions of thirty-one local units of government within the
coastal boundary. This boundary includes the lower St. Louis
River, its estuary and the Lake Superior shoreline to the
The next funding cycle for Minnesota's Coastal Program will begin
in late August. For information, contact Tricia Ryan, Coastal
Program manager, by mail at 1568 Hwy. 2, Two Harbors, MN 55616;
phone (218) 834-6625; fax (218) 834-6639; e-mail
or log on to the DNR's Web site at
Boat U.S. Foundation Awards Cash Grants For
Clean Water Education Clean Fueling a Hot Topic This Year
The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean
Water doubled its funding this year, awarding nearly $40,000 in
Clean Water Grants to 19 local nonprofit organizations around the
country. The grants support grassroots efforts to educate boaters
on reducing their environmental impact on the water, and a
special emphasis was made this year to support projects designed
to educate boaters on cleaner fueling practices - nine of the 19
groups incorporated this topic in their projects.
Margaret Podlich, environmental director for the BoatU.S.
Foundation, said, "We believe that those groups closest to our
waterways - yacht clubs, local conservation groups, and volunteer
waterway safety organizations - often offer the most innovative
ideas to protect our waterways. We rely on these boaters to help
us spread credible, locally-relevant environmental messages."
Some of the projects include handing out fuel spill prevention
kits that contain oil absorbent pads, creating booklets to
educate boaters about clean fueling practices and laws, and
erecting a kiosk and recycling center that will educate boaters
about environmental issues. "We're especially happy to see so
many projects that stress better habits at the fuel dock," says
BoatU.S. Foundation Clean Water Grant projects will take place in
15 states; a list of all projects is listed below. Established in
1999, the BoatU.S. Foundation Clean Water Grant Program and other
BoatU.S. Foundation projects are funded primarily by donations
from members of Boat Owners Association of The United States. For
more information on how to make a tax-deductible donation, or to
find out how to apply for 2005 Clean Water Grants, visit
BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and
Clean Water 2004 Clean Water Grant Recipients:
(From Midwest area)
Higgins Lake Advisory Committee of Roscommon, MI, to
target 1,500 area boaters with clean boating packets that include
educational materials and tools. Four area marinas will receive
clean fueling supplies to use at their fuel docks.
Les Cheneaux Watershed Project of Cedarville, MI, to design and
print about 3,000 color maps of the area that promote positive
habits boaters can adopt to protect the environment.
US Coast Guard Auxiliary District 8WB-Division 16-Flotilla 03 of
Grove, OK, to post 18 signs on Grand Lake to help boaters learn
how to prevent the Westward spread of zebra mussels.
Disney Magic Crew Adopts Reef Relief
Captain Thord Haugen and the crew of the Disney
cruiseship Magic have a program onboard called Adopt-An-Agency to
which they can make donations. Every year or so they choose an
organization to donate money to by dropping extra coins into a
jar, having environmental auctions, and other events. This year,
they chose Reef Relief, the Key West-based non-profit grassroots
organization dedicated to protecting coral reefs.
“Our crew members have enjoyed your hospitality in Key West and
would like to make a difference in your community by supporting
your organization. Several of them have visited Reef Relief and
participated in learning opportunities,” noted Captain Haugen
during a luncheon aboard the Magic. He presented Reef Relief
board members with a check for five thousand dollars.
“We are pleased to collaborate with the Disney Magic crew on
educational programs for themselves and their guests and this
generous contribution will help support Reef Relief environmental
education programs,” noted Executive Director DeeVon Quirolo.
“Disney has demonstrated a commitment to environmental protection
which we appreciate. In addition, David Bethell of Green Turtle
Cay was selected to be a Disney Conservation Hero in the marine
category for his outstanding support of Reef Relief's Bahamas
DeeVon Quirolo, Executive Director, Reef Relief, a non-profit
membership organization dedicated to Preserve and Protect Living
Coral Reef Ecosystems through local, regional and international
Do you want to make a difference for our coral reefs? With the
stroke of a keyboard, you can. Join the Reef Relief mailing list
and receive regular updates on coral reef issues, invitations to
special events, and action alerts on issues of importance. Go to
look for "Join our mailing list."
Reef Relief P.O. Box 430, Key West, Fl. 33041. (305) 294-3100,
Reef Relief Environmental Center Gift Store, 201 William Street,
Key West, Fl.
Captain Roland Roberts House Environmental Center, New Plymouth,
Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas. (242) 365-4014.