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Saginaw Bay Initiative

Nature Conservancy

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Addressing the Freshwater Challenge
  • Grant Amount $375,000
  • Grant Period October 1, 2011–March 31, 2015
  • Location Arlington, VA, United States
  • Geographic Focus Michigan

About this grant

Polluted runoff from land-use practices is a major threat to the health of the Saginaw Bay in Lake Huron, an estuary that the Nature Conservancy, a global conservation group, has identified as a high priority for protection and restoration. To address this problem, the conservancy proposes to develop science-based tools that will allow resource managers to determine where in the watershed to implement agricultural best management practices and how much of a given practice to apply to achieve optimal conservation results. The conservancy will work with key partners, such as Michigan State University, and share the lessons learned in the Saginaw Bay watershed with practitioners in similar basins around the Great Lakes and nationally.