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Lake Michigan Coastal Rivers and Wetlands

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration selected WMSRDC’s proposal for the Lake Michigan Coastal Rivers and Wetlands Regional Partnership in 2020, with the potential for funding up to $14,123,471.00 for priority fish and wildlife habitat restoration projects.   The NOAA/WMSRDC Regional Partnership is designed to restore fish and wildlife habitat in eastern Lake Michigan drowned river mouth systems and coastal wetlands.

NOAA has initiated the Regional Partnership with funding for three priority projects, including feasibility, engineering/design and implementation:

1) Little Cedar Creek Fish Passage and Stream Habitat Restoration in the Muskegon River Watershed in Muskegon County

2) White River Fish Passage and Stream Habitat Restoration in Oceana County

3) Stony Creek Fish Passage and Habitat Restoration in Oceana County.

WMSRDC partners include the Muskegon County Road Commission, Oceana County Road Commission, Oceana County Parks, Grand Valley State University Annis Water Resources Institute, MDNR Fisheries Division, Conservation Resource Alliance, watershed and conservation groups, and private landowners.  The three-year Regional Partnership award ends in late 2023, with the potential of an extension through December 2025 for an overall 5-year period.