Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Support to Restore Habitats Near Clinton River Spillway

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow, vice chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, and Carl Levin, chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, today announced support for Macomb County Public Works to help restore habitats near the Clinton River Spillway off Lake St. Clair. The $2,511,800 grant, which will help restore native vegetation, fish, and wildlife populations, comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"Conserving our valuable resources and protecting our native species is critical to Michigan's economy and our way of life," said Stabenow. "This support will help make sure the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair can support outdoor recreation and tourism for generations to come."

"This grant is tremendous news for all of us who care about our Great Lakes," said Levin. "We've already made great progress in restoring habitat in the Lake St. Clair basin, and this grant to Macomb County Public Works will help ensure that vital work can continue in the Clinton River Spillway."

This support will restore the Lake St. Clair estuary, riverbanks, nearbank areas, riparian corridor, floodplain, and off-channel habitats, which will help boost native fish populations and increase the overall flood carrying capacity of the 2-mile long Spillway.