Cripple Point Coastal Wetland Restoration (MI)
Grant Recipient:

Grant Awarded:

$161,404

Lake Basin(s):

Erie

Project Location(s):

At the mouth of the Detroit and Huron Rivers on the western shore of Lake Erie

The Cripple Point Coastal Wetland is part of the 4,040-acre Pointe Mouillee State Game Area at the confluence of the Detroit and Huron rivers on the western shore of Lake Erie. Use of this habitat by waterfowl and other wetland dependent species has declined significantly over time due to ineffective and aging water level control infrastructure designed for agricultural production. Ducks Unlimited and Michigan DNR will enhance 28 acres of coastal wetland habitat by rehabilitating 2,350 linear feet of historic dikes and installing two water level control structures. This restoration will result in improved wetland management capabilities and function, long-term control and management of aquatic invasive species, and improved habitat benefiting several species of greatest conservation such as red knots, king rails, Caspian terns, and Foster’s terns.

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