MICHIGAN (WPBN/WGTU) -- More than $1.7 million in Fisheries Habitat Grants from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has been granted for conservation projects on lakes and streams across the state.
These funds are matched by more than $3.2 million in partner contributions, for a total conservation value of about $5 million.
“This critical funding and the dollars it leverages will support projects that yield cleaner water, healthier fish populations and better aquatic habitats, and make outdoor areas safer for residents,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “It is gratifying to see such collaboration and creativity being put forth to make a real difference to the natural resources that are central to our state’s appeal as an outdoor recreation destination and a big part of what makes Michigan, Michigan.”
Projects funded by the Fisheries Habitat Grant program (and project counties) include:
- Conservation Resource Alliance – Baldwin River Dam removal final design and permitting phase project (Lake County), $115,000.
- Conservation Resource Alliance – Restoring and reconnecting Cedar Run Creek (Leelanau County), $200,000.
- DNR Fisheries Division – Crystal Waters State Game Area reservoirs habitat improvement (Monroe County), $43,600.
- Friends of the Rouge – Lower Rouge River culvert inventory to improve fish passage (Wayne County), $67,800.
- Great Lakes Fishery Commission – Sucker River culvert replacement and seasonal sea lamprey barrier construction (Alger County), $150,000 conditional commitment.
- Huron Pines – Replace Sparr Road/Black River culvert to enhance fish passage and river function (Otsego County), $162,000.
- Michigamme River Basin Water Resources Improvement Tax Increment Finance Authority – Republic Dam removal and Rock Arch Rapids construction (Marquette County), $250,000.
- Michigan Trout Unlimited – Aquatic organisms passage restoration at the Grayling Fish Hatchery (Crawford County), $400,000.
- Ottawa County – Ottawa Sands Lake nearshore habitat enhancements, $142,800.
- Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council – Restoring aquatic connectivity on Stover Creek: Dam removal (Charlevoix County), $189,572.
- University of Michigan-Flint – Fish passage at a Flint River Dam removal using rock ramps (Genesee County), $60,800