St. Clair River Coastal Wetland Habitat Restoration
Grant Recipient:

Grant Awarded:

$1,039,500

Lake Basin(s):

Erie

Project Location(s):

Port Huron, Michigan on the St. Clair River about 5,000 feet south of the Black River, MI

St. Clair County Drain Office is designing and constructing coastal wetland habitat along the St. Clair River.  The St. Clair River is a critical migration path for fish traveling between the upper and lower Great Lakes and it represents important stopover habitat for migratory birds.  This constructed wetland with a hydrological connection to the river is should contribute to the recovery of nursery habitat for many native fish species, such as lake sturgeon, whitefish, walleye, smallmouth bass and muskellunge.  The wetland is also improving foraging and resting areas for many birds along their migratory routes.  In addition, native mussels, benthic macroinvertebrates, and submerged macrophytes will benefit from the project.  Identified as a priority in the Remedial Action Plan for the St. Clair River Area of Concern, this project is contributing to the delisting of Beneficial Use Impairments for Loss of Fish and Wildlife Habitat.

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