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Lower Muskegon River Hydrological Reconnection and Wetland Restoration Project

This project will restore 2,739 feet of shoreline, 53 acres of wetlands and remove an earthen dike to reconnect Muskegon River with its restored wetland floodplain. Engineering and design is being completed by the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission (WMSRDC) under a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Great Lakes Commission Regional Partnership for Great Lakes Habitat Restoration. Engineering and design will be completed in 2016. The Lower Muskegon River restoration site is owned by the County of Muskegon, acquired through a NOAA Great Lakes Areas of Concern Land Acquisition Grant. The property is located on the Muskegon River, 0.5 miles upstream of Muskegon Lake. Historically, the site was used for celery farming and it has been separated from the river by constructed dikes and pumps. The purpose of the project is to reconnect the wetlands with the Muskegon River and restore fish passage and habitat for a variety of native fish and wildlife.