About the Great Lakes Clean Communities Network (GLCCN) and the Community Partnership Program

The Great Lakes Clean Communities Network (GLCCN) is a growing network of environmental practitioners, planners and community leaders, and watershed organizations around the Great Lakes Basin who work together to enhance their local environment and improve the health of the Great Lakes. Coordinated by the Michigan State University Institute of Water Research and funded through the Great Lakes Protection Fund, the GLCCN also includes an Ecological Scorecard (EcoScore) where communities can evaluate and track their ecological improvements over time. The GLCCN Community Partnership Program (CPP) funds small projects to assist communities with implementing various practices that directly improve water quality in their local watershed or relate to one of the EcoScore’s 12 land and water indicators. Funding in 2016 was made possible through the Great Lakes Protection Fund.

2016 Community Partnership Program Recipients are below. Read the press release.

  • Blanford Nature Center - Slope Stabilization and Stormwater Management Public Demonstration Area
  • Clinton River Watershed Council - Rain Gardens in Public Spaces to Benefit our Streams and the Community
  • Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation - Permeable Parking Pad
  • International Wildlife Refuge Alliance - Coastal and Wetland-Adjacent Tree Plantings at the Refuge Gateway
  • Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council - Hidden River Rain Garden Project
  • Muskegon Community College - Floating Treatment Wetland Pilot Project
  • North Corktown Neighborhood Association - North Corktown Rain Garden
  • Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway - Rainwater Biofiltration at the Bird of Prey Facility
  • Tri-County Regional Planning Commission - Rain Garden Demonstration Project


Floating Treatment Wetland - Muskegon Community College

Permeable Parking Pad - Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation

Hidden River Rain Garden - Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council

Rain Garden and Sediment Forebay - Clinton River Watershed Council

Slope Stabilization and Stormwater Management Demonstration Area - Blanford Nature Center

Rain Garden Demonstration Project - Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

Coastal and Wetland Tree Plantings - International Wildlife Rufuge Alliance

CPP 2016 Application Information and Materials

View 2016 revised application here.  View 2016 original application here

An informational webinar was held on Wednesday, April 27, from 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST about the Community Partnership Program and application process. This webinar was recorded and is available here.