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Jordan, Other Rivers Benefit from DTE Energy Support

May 17, 2004

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the newly constructed Green River Bridge in Antrim County will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 28. The Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA) will host the event to recognize a major gift from the DTE Energy Foundation and to celebrate the record number of River Care improvement projects completed in the past year with DTE Energy's support.

Partners in the Green River Bridge project, including the local Friends of the Jordan, Antrim County Road Commission, Michigan DNR and DEQ, will join the celebration. Following remarks by project partners and Sen. Jason Allen, refreshments will be served with the ribbon cutting to follow.

The new bridge, which includes a timber deck, replaces a severely dilapidated structure that had long been identified as a problem spot among conservationists and resource managers. Year after year, tons of sand eroded into the Green River from its approaches and embankments. The Green River is an important tributary to the Jordan River. Replacement of the bridge provides safe access into the Jordan Valley, reduces runoff problems at the crossing itself, allows for the cleaning of sand traps upstream and improves the aquatic habitat and fisheries of the Jordan River.

The Green River Bridge is one of 43 River Care projects completed by CRA on 10 high-profile watersheds in the past year.

"Natural resources are everyone's responsibility nowadays, and we are very pleased to see industry, government, and citizens all stepping up to the plate to support River Care," said Pat Kelly, a CRA board member and chairman of the regional River Care Advisory Committee. "We are deeply grateful to DTE Energy for its leadership support in our efforts."

The DTE Energy Foundation gift of $150,000 over a three-year period, beginning in 2003, will be used to support River Care projects throughout northwest Michigan. Other financial support for the Green River Bridge project came from the Frey Foundation of Grand Rapids and the Antrim County Road Commission.
CRA, based in Traverse City, is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to sensible stewardship of the land in northwest Michigan. CRA launched the River Care initiative in 1998 to help raise funds to meet immediate and long-term needs of regional watersheds. For more information, contact CRA at (231) 946-6817, via e-mail at rivercare@chartermi.net, or visit the web site at www.rivercare.org.


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