Michigan City, Ind.: A barrier installed in northern Indiana’s Trail Creek will reduce the number of sea lamprey in Lake Michigan, where the blood-sucking invaders prey on fish. Other fish will be able to pass by the barrier unobstructed. Photo courtesy of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.
East Chicago, Ind.: After decades of pollution from nearby industries poisoned the marsh with heavy metals and toxic chemicals, a $52 million project cleaned up part of the Grand Calumet River and restored the 25-acre Roxana Marsh. Wildlife and aquatic life are returning to the Marsh once more. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Chesterton, Ind.: Removing invasive plant species and restoring the natural flow of water has restored natural functions and created new fish and wildlife habitat at the Cowles Bog wetland complex, a nationally recognized natural feature along the Lake Michigan coast, near Chicago.
East Chicago, Ind.: This aerial photo shows areas of the Grand Calumet River that are targeted for sediment cleanups and habitat restoration. The first phase of the river cleanup was a $33 million project that removed 92,000 cubic yards of toxic mud. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Chesterton, Ind.: Dunes Creek was contained in a pipe for 80 years until it was unleashed in 2008. Uncovering the creek at Indiana Dunes State Park and restoring the stream’s natural flow created new fish habitat and reduced the volume of polluted runoff entering Lake Michigan. Photo from Flickr/Lotzman Katzman.
Valparaiso, Ind.: A detention basin in Indian was retrofitted to treat contaminated stormwater and provide wildlife habitat. The above photo shows meandering channels constructed to slow down stormwater flow, allowing sediment and other pollutants to filter out.
Chesterton, Ind.: Removing a ditch system and invasive plants around Indiana’s Great Marsh has improved Lake Michigan’s water quality, improved wildlife habitat, and reduced flooding in people’s basements. Photo courtesy of Dan Mason.
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