DNR announces recipients of $1.25 million in Aquatic Habitat Grants

Funding will support seven projects across the state.
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Press Release

April 15, 2015

Kelly Parker, 517-284-5957 or Ed Golder, 517-284-5815

Seven recipients will share $1.25 million from DNR's Aquatic Habitat Grant Program  

The Department of Natural Resources has approved the second round of projects under its Aquatic Habitat Grant Program. A total of 18 applications seeking $3.4 million were received and evaluated. The DNR has approved the following seven projects totaling $1.25 million:

Applicant Name Project Name Applicant County Grant Amount Recommended
Huron Pines Houghton Creek Fish Passage Improvement/Flynn Road Crossing Restoration Ogemaw $85,000
Battle Creek Intercounty Drain Drainage District Battle Creek River Stream Restoration Eaton $260,000
Conservation Resource Alliance Free Span the Maple River Connectivity Initiative Emmet $75,000
Michigan Trout Unlimited Schwartz Creek Fish Passage Improvement Dickinson $65,000
Friends of the Shiawassee River Shiatown Stream Restoration Shiawassee $365,000
City of Rochester Paint Creek Habitat Restoration - Phase II Oakland $100,000
Ionia Conservation District Grand River Restoration at Lyons Ionia $300,000

The Aquatic Habitat Grant Program funds projects that protect intact and rehabilitate degraded aquatic resources throughout the state; develop self-sustaining aquatic communities that provide for continuing recreational opportunities and natural resource-based economies; and develop strong relationships and partnerships.

"This year's grants will enhance a broad range of aquatic habitat that is the foundation for Michigan's world-class fishing opportunities,” said Chris Freiburger, coordinator of the Aquatic Habitat Grant Program. “We’re excited for these projects to get under way and to really make a difference.”

Anyone interested in learning more about the Aquatic Habitat Grant Program should visit michigan.gov/dnr-grants.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.