Since the Annis Water Resources Institute moved to Muskegon in June 2001, we have attracted almost $7 million dollars in external grants and contracts. This funding is critical to our operation, as it helps pay for staff and student salaries, equipment, and overhead costs. We are proud of our success rate given the extremely competitive climate for external dollars.
This past month was particularly successful, as five new awards were made to AWRI faculty. First, John Koches and Nichol DeMol were awarded $155,000 from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to prepare a watershed management plan for the White River Watershed. Second, the U.S. EPA awarded AWRI $60,000 to monitor the phosphorus loads into Bear Lake; Rick Rediske is the lead Principal Investigator of this work, with assistance from Michael Chu and Al Steinman. Third, the MDEQ will be giving Janet Vail and Rick Rediske almost $60,000 to conduct outreach to public schools on the important topic of chemical management. Rick will take the chemical waste management plan that he developed for GVSU and adapt it for the public school systems. Fourth, Don Uzarski was awarded $40,000 from the MDEQ to develop an index of susceptibility for Great Lakes coastal wetlands. Finally, the Alcoa Howmet Foundation gave $10,000 to Al Steinman for continued work on the long-term Muskegon Lake monitoring project. This project involves several AWRI investigators, including Bopi Biddanda, Carl Ruetz, Rick Rediske, Mary Ogdahl, Scott Kendall, and Ying Hong.