The U.S. EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative provided a $153,000 grant to WMSRDC to control Phragmites australis and other non-native invasive plants in Lake Michigan coastal wetlands in the Muskegon Lake and Bear Lake Watersheds.
Demonstration control projects, Early Detection and Rapid Response trainings for landowners and volunteers, and experiential learning projects for 6-12 grade students are being implemented. Partners include the City of Muskegon, City of North Muskegon, Laketon Township, Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership, the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District Math/Science Center, and the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative. The project will strengthen efforts to sustainably control invasive plants under the West Michigan Cooperative Weed Management Area. To date, the project has treated over 128 acres of Phragmites and other non-native invasive species along the shoreline and in wetlands adjacent to Muskegon Lake and Bear Lake. Over 300 area students and volunteers have participated in 12 experiential learning exercises. 22 landowners have received EDRR and Plant Control Training and approximately 200 landowners have received free plant control treatments.