Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program recently awarded $448,548 in grants for 15 projects that protect, preserve, and enhance the coastal resources of Lake Superior.
Recipients include: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources: $47,500 to construct a 1,100-foot ADA-accessible trail and campsite at Temperance River State Park; $37,500 to build an outdoor classroom at the new Tettegouche visitor center; and $53,250 to install an arch culvert over Split Rock Creek in Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. Sugarloaf and the North Shore Stewardship Association: $15,000 to produce educational exhibits emphasizing the unique geological and cultural history of the North Shore. Township of Silver Creek: $39,655 to map the proposed Stewart River wastewater collection and treatment system area. City of Silver Bay: $10,000 to prepare eco-industrial land use planning and zoning guidelines for the Silver Bay Eco-Park; $10,000 to develop technical and educational curriculums focusing on industrial ecology and sustainability. Arrowhead Regional Development Commission: $15,000 to evaluate wayside sites along the North Shore Scenic Drive for accessibility improvements. An additional $15,000 will be awarded in Short-Term Action Request (STAR) grants. These grants of up to $5,000 will fund a variety of coastal education, outreach, and resource management projects throughout the coming year.
Funding for the grants comes from the Coastal Zone Management Act and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management. The grants are administered through Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program.
As part of the DNR Ecological and Water Resources Division, the program provides financial and technical assistance for coastal resource management.
For more information about Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program’s grant program, contact Coastal Program Manager Lisa Angelos at 834-1443 or lisa.angelos @state.mn.us. Additional information is also available online at http://mndnr.gov/waters/lakesuperior.
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