Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program has awarded more than $500,000 in grants for 13 projects that protect and preserve the coastal resources of Lake Superior.
Three projects in Cook County will receive funding, including $85,000 to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to improve the Ray Berglund State Wayside near Tofte, $15,000 to the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) to plan and design enhanced recreational access and parking at Cascade River, and $96,392 to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MN DOT) restore the historic structures at the Cascade River Wayside near Lutsen.
Other grant recipients include:
- Natural Resources Research Institute of the University of Minnesota - $33,759 to create a coastal atlas of Lake Superior’s North Shore and $47,997 to develop a diagnostic tool that will help scientists assess harm to stream insects from too much sediment.
- City of Silver Bay - $10,000 to develop land use and planning guidelines for the Silver Bay Eco-Park.
- Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - $32,000 to construct a floating fishing pier on Lax Lake in the Finland State Forest; and $42,275 to replace the Superior Hiking Trail bridge on the Split Rock River.
- Carlton County - $75,000 for right-of-way acquisition along the final 4.0-mile section of the St. Louis River Trail in Cloquet.
- City of Hermantown - $9,630 to create a series of data sets and GIS maps focused on wetlands.
- City of Duluth - $32,492 to survey portions of the city’s storm and sanitary sewer system.
- Lake Superior Maritime Museum Association - $7,600 to create a new exhibit on the shipwrecks of Lake Superior.
- St. Louis River Alliance - $14,900 to host the 2011 Lake Superior Watershed Festival, a biennial outdoor event in Duluth centered on protecting Lake Superior and the St. Louis River.
Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program is a voluntary federal-state partnership that brings federal dollars into Minnesota for the Lake Superior coastal area. Funding comes from the Coastal Zone Management Act and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management. The Coastal Program’s goal is to preserve, protect, develop, and where possible, restore or enhance coastal resources along Minnesota's North Shore of Lake Superior.