Great Lakes Wetland Receives $7.9 Million Grant

February 25, 2015

By Marissa Gawel

Some Great Lakes’ wetlands are receiving an $8 million boost. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is awarding the funds to a Muskegon wetland habitat. NOAA Regional Coordinator Julie Sims says the area used to be a celery farm, but is now designated a Great Lakes Area of Concern.

“Primarily, I mean these areas have also been coined as toxic hot spots, so most of ‘em have a history of contaminated sediment along with impacts to fish and wildlife populations and degraded habitat.”

Sims says restoring the habitat will include removing over 100,000 tons of contaminated sediment and reconnecting the wetland to Muskegon Lake. She says work is set to begin this spring.