$1,039,500 Grant Awarded to St. Clair County for Wetlands Along St. Clair River

Aug 2, 2013

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) today praised the awarding of a $1,039,500 grant to St. Clair County from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).  St. Clair County, in partnership with St. Clair Community Foundation, will design and construct 2.75 acres of coastal wetlands along the St. Clair River in Port Huron, Michigan to provide nursery habitat for fish and critical stopover habitat for migratory birds.

“Sincere congratulations to St. Clair County and the Community Foundation for their hard work and perseverance advocating to create this environmentally important wetland.  This grant awarded by the NFWF will have a considerable positive economic impact on the Blue Water Area and will greatly aid in our community’s efforts towards improving our coastal wetlands,” Rep. Miller said.  “This wetlands project demonstrates the importance of continuing our efforts to support and improve the sensitive ecosystem which surrounds us on and along the St. Clair River.  For many years, St. Clair community members have been dedicated to their work to clean up our waterways and rivers – every participant should be commended.”

“This is a great example of a public/private partnership that addresses both critical Great Lakes Restoration and economic development,” said Randy Maiers, CEO/President of the Community Foundation of St. Clair County.

“St. Clair County is excited about our ongoing partnership with the St. Clair County Community Foundation to make the Blue Water River Walk a reality,” said Mark Brochu, Director of the St. Clair County Parks and Recreation.  “We appreciate the significant federal grant that we have received for the wetlands project.”