Inland Seas Education Association: Great Lakes Wetlands Restoration Project

In 2006, the Inland Seas Education Association installed a constructed wetland on their property in Suttons Bay, Michigan to reduce and treat stormwater runoff. Project Partners included Inland Seas Education Association, The Watershed Center- Grand Traverse Bay, Grobbel Environmental Associates, Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD), and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Polluted runoff flowed across the parking lot of the Inland Seas Education Center and into Grand Traverse Bay. The runoff originated from the streets of downtown Suttons Bay and a nearby gas station. Oil, gas, grease, and other pollutants washed directly into the Bay. Additionally, the runoff was causing gully erosion along the shoreline. A plan was developed to stabilize 200 feet of the shoreline using “soft” engineering and natural materials and create a wetland to treat the stormwater runoff between the building and the Bay.

The shoreline stabilization project will prevent approximately 3.2 tons of sediment, 2.7 lbs of Phosphorus, and 5.4 lbs of Nitrogen from entering Grand Traverse Bay annually.

Additionally, the constructed wetland will prevent a further 1.01 tons, 1 lb Phosphorus, and 6 lb Nitrogen from annually entering the Bay via stormwater runoff.

The finished 0.5 acre, constructed wetland includes a grassed waterway and two wetland basins that will treat runoff from approximately 2.3 acres of urbanized area in downtown Suttons Bay. Regular monitoring of pollution levels by Inland Seas’ professional staff and volunteers will be conducted quarterly. The area has already attracted a collection of wildlife including Canada geese, mallards, and many, many frogs!

WHITE PINE ASSOCIATES developed a wetland/runoff treatment curriculum for the general public, riparian property owners, managers and student that included a self-guided walking trail guide, interpretive signs and a curriculum for volunteer guides.


Elk Rapids Hydroelectric Power, LLC: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Relicensing Pre-Application

Relicensing the Elk Rapids Hydroelectric Plant is a five-year process that begins with a pre-application.

This document was developed in 2009.

Section Four of the pre-application includes information on natural resources: the Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed, geology & soils, water resources, fish & aquatic resources, wildlife & botanical resources, wetlands, riparian & littoral habitats, and rare, threatened & endangered species. Researching historic information, interviewing local experts and compiling data from a variety of sources resulted in more than 100 pages of text. WHITE PINE ASSOCIATES developed the natural resources section of the pre-application. To read the FERC pre-application, go to:


Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy: East Grand Traverse Bay Wetlands Initiative- NAWCA Grant Application

The Maple Bay Natural Area in Acme, Michigan became a reality when the Grand Traverse Bay Regional Land Conservancy received a $1M grant from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) in 2001. This grant funded the acquisition of 1104 acres, including 5,000 frontage feet on Lake Michigan, and completed the $4M project.

WHITE PINE ASSOCIATES prepared the successful NAWCA grant. Now you can visit the natural area year round. To learn more about the Maple Bay Natural Area, go to: