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Bi-national Community Foundations and partners support Lake Huron water quality

Lake Huron communities are getting national and international help to ensure the long-term health of the lake.

Community Foundation Grey Bruce has partnered with other shoreline community foundations and conservation partners from Canada and the U.S. to create a regional plan of action. The Northeast Michigan conservation nonprofit Huron Pines is spearheading the project.

Before the plan can move forward, the partners need input from residents and stakeholders of Lake Huron communities.

There’s a short survey posted online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W8TJBBC

It’s called the “Lake Huron Forever Project – Community Input Survey”.  The survey is to be completed before February 28.

After committee review, the Lake Huron partners will secure a seed grant of $300,000 from the Great Lakes Protection fund, Ralph Wilson Foundation and Kresge Foundation.

The goal of the Lake Huron partners is to reduce the amount of polluted water that enters inland lakes, streams and Lake Huron by providing resources and education related to stormwater management. Effective stormwater management reduces pollution and increases the amount of naturally-filtered water flowing into the groundwater supply.

This partnership involves The Bay Area Community Foundation, Community Foundation Grey Bruce, Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan, Grey Bruce Sustainability Network, Grey Sauble Conservation Authority, Huron Pines, Michigan Department of Natural Resources-Office of the Great Lakes, Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy, and The Conservation Fund-Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network.

To learn more about the Lake Huron plan of action, the full executive summary can be found at huronpines.org/glow.