NOAA Fisheries is recommending nearly $20 million in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding. Recommended projects will open river systems to fish passage, reconnect rivers to their floodplains, and restore and enhance river, stream, and wetland habitats. Several recommended projects will contribute to ongoing activities to restore Areas of Concern within the Great Lakes basin. These projects will provide multiple benefits to the environment and communities by:
- Supporting valuable fisheries and coastal resources.
- Improving the quality of our water by restoring coastal wetlands.
- Providing recreational opportunities for the public’s use and enjoyment.
- Increasing the resilience of Great Lakes communities.
NOAA has recommended $19,696,570 in funding for two new regional partnerships and continued funding for four ongoing awards.
The new partnerships are:
- The West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission will partner with NOAA to restore fish passage and wetlands in the eastern Lake Michigan watershed.
- Ducks Unlimited will partner with NOAA to restore wetlands in priority areas throughout the Great Lakes.
The continued funding efforts are:
- Friends of the Detroit River will continue to partner with NOAA on a suite of habitat restoration projects within the Detroit River Area of Concern.
- The Great Lakes Commission will continue to partner with NOAA to implement several habitat restoration projects that benefit native fisheries.
- The Huron Pines Resource Conservation and Development Council will continue work to remove several fish passage barriers in northern lower Michigan identified as high-priority for restoration.
- The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay will continue work on the large-scale project to restore Kids Creek in the Grand Traverse Bay watershed.