State Grants

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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  • 2020: Two grants were awarded for aquatic habitat inventories, assessments, and engineering and design for aquatic habitat restoration activities on the Little Menomonee River.
  • 2020: Urban Nonpoint Source & Storm Water Program Contruction grant for green infrastructure and stormwater management at Mee-Kwon County Park
  • 2017: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources AOC / Office of Great Waters - Fisheries and aquatic habitat assessments on Milwaukee Estuary Area Of Concern
  • County Conservation Aids Program Grants
    1. 2020: Native Vegetation Restoration at the Little Menomonee River Fish and Wildlife Area County Park
    2. 2019: Prairie restoration at Tendick Nature County Park
    3. 2017: Wetland project at Tendick Nature County Park
    4. 2016: Habitat enhancements on Ulao Creek
    5. 2015: Tree planting at Mole Creek
    6. 2014: Fish passage restoration on Mee-Kwon Creek
    7. 2013: Fish passage restoration on Crystal Springs Creek 
    8. 2012: Fish passage restoration on Ehler’s Creek
  • River Protection Planning Program Grants
    1. 2019: Water quality monitoring on Ulao Creek and Little Menomonee River
    2. 2018: Two grants funded total maximum daily load and Best Management Practice water quality monitoring on Mole Creek and Little Menomonee River and the completion of a lake sturgeon habitat assessment in Ozaukee County on the Milwaukee River and Cedar Creek
    3. 2016: Water quality monitoring on Mole Creek and Ulao Creek
    4. 2015: Inventory of Lake Michigan tributary stream habitat and fish passage impediments.
    5. 2013: Water quality monitoring on Mole Creek, Little Menomonee River and Little Menomonee Creek
    6. 2012: Development of an educational video on the Ozaukee Fish Passage Program
  • River Protection Management Program Grants
    1. 2019: Little Menomonee River Corridor Ecosystem Restoration and Mole Creek Phase III Construction
    2. 2018: Enhancements to the Milwaukee River Mequon Thiensville Dam Fishway for Lake Sturgeon and larger-bodied fish
    3. 2016: Habitat enhancements on Mole Creek
    4. 2015: Fish passage restoration on Mineral Springs Creek / Park Street crossing
    5. 2012: Fish passage restoration on Mineral Springs Creek
  • Urban Forestry Grant Program
    1. 2019: Ecological planning and management in five Ozaukee County Park properties
    2. 2018: Innovative approaches to ecological management on Ozaukee County public and private lands
    3. 2015: Improvements to ecology in Ozaukee County Parks, private lands, and habitat project areas.
    4. 2014: Improvements to local ecology at Ozaukee County Parks
  • Office of Great Waters
    1. 2018: Completion of a lake sturgeon habitat assessment in Ozaukee County for the Milwaukee River and Cedar Creek.
  • Knowles Nelson Stewardship Program
    • 2018: Lake Michigan public access improvements at Virmond County Park
    • 2016: Clay Bluffs Cedar Gorge project
    • 2003: Public access development and habitat at Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve
    • 2000: Acquisition of Lion’s Den Gorge Natural Area
  • Citizen Based Monitoring Partnership Program Grants
    1. 2017: Fisheries monitoring on the Little Menomonee River, Little Menomonee Creek,  and Cedar Creek
    2. 2016: Purchase and installation of  Kestrel boxes
    3. 2014: Fish and wildlife monitoring on Ulao Creek
    4. 2013: Monitoring of the underwater fishway camera at the Mequon Thiensville Fishway
    5. 2012: Fisheries monitoring on the Milwaukee River
  • Outdoor Recreational Trail Aids Program Grants
    1. 2015: Rehabilitation of the Mole Creek Pleasant Valley Nature Preserve snowmobile bridge / fish passage restoration
    2. 2014: Fish passage restoration and snowmobile trail bridge replacement on Mole Creek
  • Dam Removal Grant Program
    1. 2015: Removal of the Mineral Springs Creek Dam and stream restoration
    2. 2013: Removal of Crystal Springs Creek Dam
    3. 2012: Removal of Newburg Dam
  • Outdoor Motorized Recreation Trail Aids
    1. 2014: Replacement of multiple  Mole Creek snowmobile trail bridges.
    2. 2012: Replacement of a snowmobile crossing/bridge on Riveredge Creek
    3. 2011: Replacement of a snowmobile crossing/bridge on Riveredge Creek
    4. 2010: Snowmobile bridge crossing replacements on Fredonia Creek and Riverside Drive Creek Snowmobile bridge rehabilitation on Mole Creek
  • Recreational Trails Act / Stewardship
    • 2014: Trail development at Mee-Kwon County Park
  • Acquisition and Development of Local Parks Grants
    • 2004: Phase III of Tendick Nature County Park
    • 2002: Phase II of Tendick Nature County Park
    • 2001: Phase I of Tendick Nature County Park
  • Brownfield Site Assessment Grant
    • 2002: Site assessment for Shady Lane property in Fredonia
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Wisconsin Coastal Management Program Grants

  • 2020: Lake Michigan access at Virmond County Park - Phase II
  • 2020: Acquisition of Clay Bluff Cedar Gorge Nature Preserve
  • 2019: Restoration work at the Little Menomonee River corridor ecosystem project
  • 2019: Master Plans for Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve and Virmond County Park
  • 2018: Refinement and development of the Ozaukee County Ecological Prioritization GIS Tool
  • 2017: Improvements to Lake Michigan access at Virmond County Park - Phase I
  • 2015: Inventory of  Lake Michigan tributary stream habitat and fish passage impediments
  • 2011: Fish and Wildlife GIS Tool development
  • 2006: Identifying, prioritizing, and remediating stream passage impediments and aquatic habitat fragmentation in Ozaukee County
  • 2003: Public access and planning for Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve
  • 2003: Wetland restoration at Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve
  • 2002: Educational outreach for Lake Michigan bluff erosion and stability in southeastern Wisconsin
  • 2002: Acquisition of Lion’s Den Gorge Natural Area

Wisconsin Coastal Management Program / Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program

  • 2016: Clay Bluffs Cedar Gorge project


Wisconsin Department of Administration

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More Details on Featured Grants:

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Wisconsin Department of Administration (WDOA) / Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP) 
A 2006 WCMP grant entitled, “Identifying, Prioritizing, and Remediating Stream Passage Impediments and Aquatic Habitat Fragmentation in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin” paved the way for the Fish Passage Program by funding surveys of impediments and habitat in streams in Ozaukee County. This project identified: 
  • Existing in-stream, riparian and wetland habitat, including 29 areas of potentially suitable northern pike spawning habitat.
  • 100 impediments in 11 streams throughout Ozaukee County
A 2011 WCMP grant funded the development and refinement of a GIS based Fish and Wildlife Decision Support Tool, which prioritizes environmental restoration and enhancement projects based on greatest ecological benefit. A 2014 GLFT grant is supporting fish passage impediment and habitat inventories on multiple tributaries to Lake Michigan.
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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR)
Several WDNR grants from 2010 to 2013 have directly supported fish passage and habitat restoration activities throughout Ozaukee County. The Program works closely with WDNR grant managers and local fisheries management staff to implement various projects, including:
  • Citizen-Based Monitoring Partnership Program (CBMPP) - A 2012 CBMPP grant supported increased volunteer involvement in the Program’s fisheries monitoring efforts in the Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern, and a 2013 CBMPP grant funded creation of an online citizen-based monitoring form for citizens to document fish passage at the Mequon Thiensville.  This grant also funded hosting of the live streaming underwater camera feed. A 2014 grant supported increased volunteer involvement in fish, wildlife, and avian monitoring on Ulao Creek in conjunction with the large scale Ulao Creek Habitat Restoration Project.
  • County Conservation Aids (CCA) - Multiple CCA grants have assisted with remediation of multiple fish passage impediments, including several culverts and a low-head dam.
  • Dam Removal - Dam Removal grants in 2012 and 2013 supported the removal of the Newburg Dam on the Milwaukee River and a low-head dam on Crystal Springs Creek in Waubedonia County Park an ongoing efforts to remove a dam on Mineral Springs Creek in the City of Port Washington. 
  • Recreational Trail Aids (RTA) - Snowmobile trail crossings in may create fish passage impediments. Multiple RTA grants in 2010 and 2011 have assisted with trail and stream crossing replacements on Fredonia, Riverside Drive, Mole Creek, and Riveredge Creek. 
  • River Protection Management (RPM) - 2012 and 2015 RPM grants are supporting the removal of fish passage impediments in Mineral Springs Creek in the City of Port Washington. 
  • River Protection Planning (RPP) - A 2012 RPP grant supported the development of an educational video highlighting the restoration of fish passage and direct benefits to fisheries resources and recreational opportunities in Ozaukee County. A 2015 RPP grant supported the inventory of fish passage impediments and completion of habitat assessments on multiple direct tributaries to Lake Michigan.