MNR announces $ 2.1 million in fisheries habitat grants
Seventeen projects to conserve fish habitat in state rivers and lakes will share more than $ 2.1 million in fisheries habitat grants administered by the Department of Natural Resources from Michigan.
The projects, supported by an additional $ 616,000 in matching partner contributions, will rehabilitate and protect valuable fish habitat that forms the basis of Michigan’s world-class fisheries. Eleven of the funded projects are priority habitat conservation projects identified by the MRN.
The Fisheries Habitat Grants Program provides funding for a variety of activities, including conservation of fish habitat, dam removal and repair, resource assessment studies and access. to recreational activities such as fishing. Funding from the sale of fishing licenses, Michigan State General Funds, and a settlement with Consumers Energy is distributed in three grant areas: aquatic habitat conservation, dam management and l aquatic habitat and recreation in the watersheds of the Au Sable, Manistee and Muskegon rivers.
Joe Nohner, resource analyst in MNR’s Fisheries Division, said the funded projects will protect and rehabilitate fish habitat statewide, while in many cases improving public safety by removing dams.
“When completed, these projects will reconnect fish passageways over more than 250 miles of waterways, including cold water habitats that provide greater resilience to warming on some of the major trout and salmon rivers of state such as Au Sable, Boardman, Pere Marquette and Muskegon, âsays Nohner. “We will also be able to gain valuable new information on the aquatic vegetation of inland lakes, mussel populations and trout streams in northern Michigan, which means even more efficient resource management.” “
Projects funded by the Fisheries Habitat Subsidy Program include:
- Town of Albion – Feasibility study for Albion dams (Calhoun county), $ 105,000.
- Clinton River Watershed Council – Bald Mountain Pond Dam Removal (Oakland County), $ 26,000.
- Conservation Resource Alliance – Baldwin River Dam Removal Preliminary Design Project (Lake County), $ 85,000.
- Conservation Resource Alliance – Stabilization of the banks of the Pere Marquette River and restoration of the floodplain (Lake County), $ 100,000.
- Conservation Resource Alliance – Reconnection of the North Branch of the Boardman River to Broomhead Road (Grand Traverse County), $ 100,000.
- Conservation Resource Alliance – Stony Creek Restoration and Fish Passage at Marshville Dam, Phase I (Oceana County), $ 100,000.
- Huron River Watershed Council – Peninsula Paper Dam Removal Design (Washtenaw County), $ 334,500.
- Lake Superior State University – Extension of the MiWaterNet initiative to implement water sensors in the eastern Upper Peninsula (multiple counties), $ 35,000.
- Michigan DNR Wildlife Division – Swan Creek 118th Ave. Feasibility of dam removal, drawdown and construction (Allegan County), $ 245,000.
- Michigan Natural Features Inventory – Targeted surveys of native mussels in lakes and reservoirs of southern Michigan (several counties), $ 47,500.
- Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife – Status of Aquatic Macrophytes in Northern Lake Huron and Lake Superior Management Units (Multiple Counties), $ 162,300.
- Michigan Trout Unlimited – Passage of aquatic organisms to the Grayling Fish Hatchery; alternatives assessment, engineering and design creation (Crawford County), $ 53,000.
- Muskegon Conservation District – Rio Grande Creek Dam Phase I Removal (Muskegon County), $ 37,300.
- Muskegon River Watershed Assembly – Altona Dam Removal (Mecosta County), $ 114,700.
- Muskegon River Watershed Assembly – Buckhorn Dam Removal (Mecosta County), $ 156,200.
- Oakland County – Mill Pond Dam Removal and Restoration (Oakland County), $ 345,000.
- Upper Peninsula Conservation and Resource Development Council – Tahquamenon River Road Crossing Inventory Update (Multiple Counties), $ 62,400.
Fisheries Habitat Grant funding is available annually to local, state, federal and tribal governments and nonprofit groups through an open and competitive process. The next call for proposals is expected to be announced in October.