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Enviro-Mich message from "Martha Waszak" <waszakm@state.mi.us>

Saginaw Bay WIN Awards Sustainability Grants and Creates Watershed Restoration Endowment Fund

On October 25, 2000, local and regional organizations were awarded sustainable development grants through the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network ("WIN"). WIN is a volunteer organization of Saginaw Bay area citizens and organizations that focus on opportunities to better link the economic, social, and environmental wellbeing of Saginaw Bay communities in order to sustain and improve the region's quality of life. The projects funded include: 

		·	Saginaw Bay Watershed Sustainable Business Partnership ($30,520)	
·	Phytoremediation of Local Contaminated Soils ($31,343)
·	Conservation Development Recognition Program ($6,400)	
		·	Conservation Tillage for Water Quality and Wildlife ($16,000) 
·	Huron County No-till Drill Challenge ($10,000)
·	Invasive Brush Control on Private Grasslands ($10,000)
·	Wolf Creek Riverine Wetland Restoration ($3,150)
·	Wood Ducks in the Watershed ($2,000)

Also, WIN approved the development of the Saginaw Bay Watershed Restoration Endowment Fund and agreed to commit $400,000 to the Fund for future watershed projects. The intent of the Fund is to provide perpetual income for Saginaw Bay watershed-related environmental improvement projects.   

Thirteen area foundations work together as a network to support WIN projects. This Foundation Network includes: Bay Area Community Foundation, Charles J. Strosacker Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Consumers Energy Foundation, Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation, Kantzler Foundation, Midland Foundation, Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, Saginaw Community Foundation, The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, The Johnson Foundation, and the Cook Family Foundation. The Foundations contribute $300,000 per year to the Sustainable Communities Initiative Fund to support WIN projects.

Next, the Saginaw WIN Task Groups will be identifying new proposals for the Spring 2001 funding. For more information regarding WIN contact Michael Kelly, Project Coordinator for The Conservation Fund at 517-662-6024 or mkelly@svsu.edu. Also, more information about Saginaw Bay WIN, is available on its website at: www.saginawbaywin.org.

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