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Arcadia Marsh Watershed to Benefit from Restoration Grant

April 26, 2010
For Immediate Release
Contact: Conservation Resource Alliance, (231) 946-6817

 

The Traverse City based Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA) teamed up with project partners Ducks Unlimited (grant applicant and recipient), the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, and the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy to obtain a grant award of $783,823 through the Sustain Our Great Lakes (SOGL) program. SOGL is a public-private program designed to achieve ecological and habitat restoration goals developed through the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration. SOGL is coordinated by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and funded by ArcelorMittal, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

CRA and its partners will use the grant to improve habitat and restore connectivity along 11 miles of Bowens Creek and several tributaries in Manistee County by replacing seven road/stream crossings that impede fish passage and contribute excess sediment to the streams. In addition, the lower Bowens Creek will be directed back into its native channel for the first time in over a century. Woody debris and other fish habitat features will be implemented as well in an effort to fully restore approximately 4200’ of the lower creek. Additional work proposed includes restoration of 75 acres of coastal marsh to natural form and function and will also allow for the permanent protection of 128 acres of this globally rare freshwater habitat.

Other partners in the project include the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment and the Manistee County Road Commission.

Recipient organizations and partners recently gathered in Grand Rapids for the announcement of the awards. Twenty five projects were selected to receive a total of $7.6 million in funding through the Sustain Our Great Lakes program. Grantees have committed to match the total grant funding with an additional $9.2 million, for a total conservation investment of more than $16.8 million of on-the ground impact. The projects will help protect, restore and enhance the ecological integrity of the lakes and surrounding region by restoring critical aquatic and terrestrial habitats, controlling invasive species, protecting rare natural communities and improving passage for fish and other aquatic organisms. Michigan will receive grants for eight projects in the state and a share of three grants for regional initiatives.

"These grants are a testament to the work of these organizations, who have tirelessly dedicated themselves to protecting the environment of Michigan and the entire Great Lakes region," said Senator Debbie Stabenow. "The Great Lakes are not only a part of our Michigan way of life, but they are a critical economic asset that makes our region unique. The preservation of these resources is critical to our economic recovery and jobs, and ensuring that future generations can enjoy the natural beauty of the world's largest freshwater system."

Established in 1968, the Conservation Resource Alliance is a private, non-profit organization that coordinates sensible stewardship of the land throughout northwest Michigan. CRA has facilitated natural resource conservation projects for over 42 years, tackling high-priority problems that threaten to degrade Michigan’s world-class waterways, landscapes, and rich wildlife diversity. For more information about this project, CRA’s programs, and how to get involved, contact the Conservation Resource Alliance at (231) 946-6817, via e-mail at info@rivercare.org, or visit CRA’s web site at www.rivercare.org.


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