Paddle Antrim announced it will award $3,000 to three projects that benefit Northern Michigan’s Chain of Lakes region through education, water resources protection, and increasing access to the water.
“We are so excited to support a second round of great projects this year. Our Ripple Effect grant program provides a wonderful way for us to expand our impact by funding projects that support our mission of protecting our waterways and connecting people to these amazing waters through paddling” says Deana Jerdee, Paddle Antrim’s Executive Director. The awards are for the following projects:
- Three Lakes Association, in coordination with Grass River Natural Area, was awarded $800 to install signage on Grass River which explains the large woody debris project. This demonstration project, implemented by a collaboration of entities, was designed to study whether log structures can improve aquatic habitat in a river with heavy sediment and improve channel navigability by deepening portions of a channel.
- Milton Township was awarded $1,600 to add kayak racks and a sidewalk connector to their kayak launch at Milton Township Waterfront Park in Kewadin. This will be the first universal access kayak launch on the Chain of Lakes and is slated to be installed in the spring of 2017.
- The Village of Elk Rapids was awarded $600 toward upgrading the wind screen shades at the Rotary Park Pavilion. This pavilion is adjacent to the existing kayak launch on the Elk River and hosts a wonderful display “Because of Water” which explains the history of water in the region.
“The large woody debris project is a great example of many organizations in the region collaborating on improving our lakes and rivers and we are happy to play a part,” says Jerdee. “Both the Milton Township and Elk Rapids projects are helping improve access sites for paddlers, which is important as we develop our region into a premier destination for paddlers.”
Paddle Antrim’s Ripple Effect Mini-Grant Program awards grant to local non-profit and governmental organizations whose projects align with their mission to protect the water resources and enhance the economic vitality of the region through stewardship, education, improved water trail access and promotion of the waterways. The next round of funding will be in May 2017. To learn more about the large woody debris project, visit http://3lakes.com/large-woody-debris-overview/. To learn more about Paddle Antrim, the Ripple Effect grant program or the Chain of Lakes Water Trail, please visit www.paddleantrim.com.