Miller: $2 Million Grant Awarded for Upper St. Clair River Habitat Restoration Project

Sep 6, 2012 Issues: Great Lakes

Harrison Township, MI - U.S. Representative Candice S. Miller today announced that the Community Foundation of St. Clair County has been awarded a $2,000,000 grant for their Upper St. Clair River Habitat Restoration Project (aka “Blue Water River Walk”) by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Program.  Miller has been a long supporter of this river habitat project which will restore and naturalize nearly one mile of the St. Clair River shoreline in Port Huron.  Combining this grant with a $250,000 grant the Community Foundation had previously received through U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Community Foundation should be able to restore almost 90% of the entire shoreline, and will ultimately contribute to the delisting of the St. Clair River as an Area of Concern.

“Receiving this $2 million grant is a major achievement for the restoration efforts done by the Community Foundation of St. Clair County,” Miller said.  “Their efforts will not only improve and sustain our natural environment along the waterfront, but as well will revitalize the marine life the St. Clair River supports.  This shoreline improvement and restoration work is critical to the quality of life in the region; it will have a positive economic impact well beyond the jobs created from the restoration work itself, and will increase public access for the community to recreate, fish, and other various tourism opportunities.”