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Michigan Success Stories Slide Show
A slide show of all our success stories from Michigan.
Muskegon Lake Brownfield Remediationhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/brownfield-poplar-367.jpg
Muskegon Lake, Mich.: By planting poplar trees at sites around Muskegon Lake with contaminated soil, the dirt is simultaneously prevented from eroding and cleaned up. The poplar trees absorb the contaminates in a process called phytoremediation. Photo courtesy of the Delta Institute.
Grand River Watershed Maphttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/map-3.jpg
Grand River Watershed, Mich.: A new map of the Grand River shows communities where green infrastructure and restoration opportunities lie throughout the watershed. Using this map, communities can make informed investment and conservation decisions. Photo from the Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds.
Kalamazoo, Mich.: Fens bordering the Kalamazoo River near Kalamazoo, Mich. are being restored. By removing invasive species, the native seed bank has been able to come back to life, providing habitat for native species. Photo courtesy of the Kalamazoo Nature Center.
South Fishing Pier Restorationhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/South-Fishing-Pier-1.jpg
Belle Isle, Detroit, Mich: Restoring a fishing pier in Detroit has provided diverse habitat for fish to rest in, making the area suitable for fish and fishermen alike.
Blue Heron Lagoon Restorationhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/Blue-Heron-Lagoon-3.jpg
Belle Isle, Detroit, Mich: Reconnecting the Blue Heron Lagoon to the Detroit River provided a home for turtles, small fish, snakes, and frogs to grow and thrive—habitat improvements that can help get the Detroit River removed from the list of the region’s most toxic water bodies.
Two Hearted River Restoredhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/WB3-Inlet-After.jpg
Luce County, Mich.: Road-stream crossings in northern Michigan's Two Hearted River were restored to naturalize stream flow, reconnect fragmented aquatic habitat, and reduce sedimentation. The photo above shows a newly installed culvert; this replaced an older culvert that was restricting stream flow. Photo © The Nature Conservancy.
Partridge Creek Diversionhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/PartridgeCreek.jpg
Ishpeming, Mich.: Restoring the natural channel of this northern Michigan creek stopped the flow of mercury from underground mines into nearby Deer Lake and Lake Superior. Photo courtesy of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
Former Golf Course Transformed into Wetlands and Public Green Spacehttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/320-Stabilized-Stream-bank.jpg
Holland, MI: In the City of Holland, MI, there was a golf course adjacent to a severely eroded section of the Macatawa River; this resulted in sediment and nutrient runoff into Lake Macatawa. The photo above shows restoration efforts, which involved stabilizing the stream banks and planting native species throughout the former golf course. These efforts not only improved local water quality, but also provided a new green space for the public to enjoy. Photo courtesy of Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Department.
Thornapple River Restorationhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/nashville-dam-2.jpg
Outside of Grand Rapids, Mich.: Removing a dam on the Thornapple River restored fish species, including bass and walleye, while also improving overall water quality. Photo from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Plaster Creek Watershed Restoredhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/emmanuel-and-eva-lakeside-school.jpg
Grand Rapids, Mich.: A diverse community is coming together to tackle stormwater and environmental justice issues. The above photo shows native vegetation being used to install green infrastructure.
Frog-bit Removed from Alpena Wildlife Sanctuaryhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/10440668101522890791940915483545094254524690n.jpg
Alpena, Mich. Volunteers were trained to recognize and remove invasive frog-bit from the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary. The above photo shows volunteers in kayaks removing frog-bit by hand. Photo courtesy of Michigan United Conservation Clubs.
Coldwater River Restorationhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/trout-2.jpg
Outside Grand Rapids, Mich.: The Coldwater River outside Grand Rapids, Mich. has seen a 38-fold increase in trout from 2009 to 2014. The increase is attributed to strategically placed tree trunks in the river that have provided critical habitat. Photo courtesy of Aaron Snell.
Stormwater Management in Little Traverse Bayhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/stormwaterc.jpg
Little Traverse Bay, Mich. Restoring streams and installing rain gardens has reduced sedimentation and nutrient loading in Little Traverse Bay. The above photo shows polluted stormwater runoff entering Little Traverse Bay. Photo courtesy of Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council.
Huron River Restoredhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/DSC00863.jpg
Southeast Mich. Restoring the Huron River has restored its ecological health and expanded recreational opportunities. Here, workers construct floating docks for paddlers and anglers to use. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Riggs.
Ford Marsh Restoredhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/DU_Ford-Marsh-Pic.jpg
Monroe County, Mich.: Restoring wetlands in the Detroit International Wildlife Refuge is allowing native plants and wildlife to return, supporting outdoor recreation opportunities. The above photo shows an installed water pump structure that will naturalize the hydrology of the Marsh. Photo courtesy of Duck Unlimited.
White Lake Area of Concernhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/WhiteLakeAOC.jpg
Whitehall, Mich.: Intensive cleanup activities have improved water quality, fish health, and reduced phosphorus concentrations in White Lake, which is one of 43 Great Lakes Areas of Concern. Photo courtesy of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Office of the Great Lakes.
William C. Sterling State Parkhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/Phragmites on Staten Island Flickr jacopast.jpg
Monroe, Mich.: In 2003, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources declared war on an invasive strain of common reed, known as Phragmites, which had taken over large areas of William C. Sterling State Park. The park, which lies within the River Raisin delta, provides critical habitat for fish and wildlife and supports several rare and threatened species of plants and animals. Photo of Phragmites from Flickr/jacopast.
Tobico Marsh Restorationhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/Tobico Flickr IAmnotHamlet sm.jpg
Near Bay City, Mich.: Restoring Tobico Marsh was part of a larger effort to heal damaged wetlands and remove contaminated sediments from the Saginaw River and Saginaw Bay. The bay is one of the prime walleye fishing and waterfowl-hunting areas in the Great Lakes, despite serious environmental problems. Photo from Flickr/IAmnotHamlet.
Crisp Point Protection Projecthttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/crisppoitn.jpg
Newberry, Mich.:A federally funded land acquisition will preserve 3,810 acres of forest and more than two miles of Lake Superior shoreline in Michigan. Photo from Flickr/Citizen 4474
Wayne Road Dam Removalhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/WayneRoadDamAfter.jpg
Detroit, Michigan: Removing a small dam in the Rouge River, near Detroit, has restored fish passage and reconnected the lower river to the larger Great Lakes ecosystem. Photo courtesy of the Alliance of Rouge Communities.
Dusseau Tract Wetlandhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/dusseau tract.jpg
Monroe, Mich.: A wetland that was drained for agricultural purposes was restored into habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife. Photo courtesy of Ducks Unlimited.
Smartphone App for Beach Conditionshttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/Holland-Mi-Beach-flickr-Stevendepolo.jpg
Ann Arbor, Mich.: A smartphone app, developed in Ann Arbor, called myBeachCast allows beachgoers to check real-time conditions at 1,800 beaches in the Great Lakes region. Photo from Flickr/stevendepolo.
Preventing Bird Die-off at Sleeping Bear Duneshttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/SleepingBearDunes-Bird-Die-Flickr-rkramer62.jpg
Empire, Mich.: Scientists have established a water-quality monitoring program in an effort to reduce Type E botulism outbreaks that have killed thousands of birds in recent years at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Photo from Flickr/rkramer62.
Fordson Island Cleanuphttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/Fordson.jpg
Dearborn, Mich.: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funds are helping to clean up marine debris and abandoned boats to increase recreational opportunities on Fordson island.
Newburgh Lake Cleanuphttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/Newburgh.jpg
Livonia, Mich.: A 1998 sediment cleanup in Newburgh Lake, an impoundment in the Rouge River, removed 544,000 tons of toxic mud and restored a healthy fishery.
Rouge River Restorationhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/RiverRouge-Marsh-Flickr-vlitvinov.jpg
Detroit, Mich.: Two upcoming Great Lakes Restoration Initiative projects in the Rouge River will restore damaged stream banks, restore wetlands, reduce stormwater runoff, decrease flooding and create fish and wildlife habitat. Photo from Flickr/vlitvnov.
Chesaning Dam Removalhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/Chesaning.jpg
Chesaning, Mich.: The Chesaning Dam in a tributary off Lake Huron was replaced with a series of rock weirs that allowed fish passage and maintained sufficient water levels upstream. Photo Courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Recovery Act Team.
Humbug Marsh Preservationhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/Humbug-Marsh-Flickr-USFWS-Midwest-Region.jpg
Gibraltar, Mich.:Preservation of the Humbug Marsh protected the last mile of natural shoreline on the U.S. side of the Detroit River. The largely pristine, 410-acre marsh is home to numerous fish and wildlife species and stands of old-growth white oaks. Photo from Flickr/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Midwest Region.
Paint Creek Dam Removalhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/PaintCreek.jpg
Oakland County, Mich.: A view of Paint Creek, downstream from a dam that will be removed to help improve water quality, fish habitat, and recreational opportunities. Photo Courtesy of Celia Haven.
Thunder Bay Reef Creationhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/reef-constuction-21.jpg
Alpena, Mich.: Crews deposit tons of limestone in Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay to create new fish spawning habitat on the lake bottom. Thirty of these artificial fish reefs were installed.
Paw Paw River Dam Removalhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/PawPawRiver.AfterWatervlietDamsRemoved.jpg
Watervliet, Mich.: Federal Great Lakes restoration funds supported the removal of two obsolete, crumbling dams on the Paw Paw River, in southwest Michigan. By removing fish barriers, restoring the river’s natural channel, and providing more recreational activities the river can be enjoyed by people and wildlife, alike. Photo Courtesy of Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.
St. Mary's River Lamprey Controlhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/109.005_HR.jpg
Sault Sainte Marie, Mich.: Sea lamprey captured in a trap. A new way of trapping sea lamprey in the St. Mary’s River enabled scientists to kill more of the invasive species, which will bolster desirable fish populations in Lake Huron. Photo Courtesy of Great Lakes Fishery Commission.
Whitehall Stormwater Managementhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/whitehall3.jpeg
Whitehall, Mich.: A half-mile of city street in west Michigan that was transformed into the state’s first “green road” will reduce the volume of polluted stormwater that reaches White Lake, which is a Great Lakes Area of Concern. Photo Courtesy of Prein & Newhof.
Muskegon Lake Sediment Removalhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/m1123sediment3-0dec37ce163cb5ed.jpeg
Muskegon, Mich.: A dredge removes contaminated sediment from the bottom of Muskegon Lake. Over 43,000 cubic yards of the sediment was removed as part of an effort to delist the lake as a Great Lakes Areas of Concern. Photo Courtesy of Muskegon Chronicle.
Boardman River Dam Removalhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/Boardman2.jpg
Traverse City, Mich.: The Boardman River has returned to its natural channel after 90 years, following removal of the Brown Bridge Dam. This was the first of three dams to be removed, and will be part of the largest dam removal in Michigan history.
Au Sable River Fish Habitathttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/Au-Sable.jpg
Mio, Mich.: A heavy lift helicopter places one of 1,200 large trees put into the Au Sable River. Adding these trees to the river created new fish habitat in one of the Midwest’s premier trout streams. Photo Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.
Belle Isle Lagoonhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/BelleIsleLagoon.jpg
Detroit, Mich.: A view overlooking the Blue Heron Lagoon on Belle Isle. At 985 acres, Belle Isle is the nation’s largest island park. Great Lakes Restoration Initiative projects are helping to restore fish and wildlife habitat on the city-owned park in the Detroit River. Photo Courtesy of Jeff Alexander.
St. Clair River Sturgeon Habitathttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/sturgeon.jpeg
Delta of the St. Clair River near Pearl Beach, Mich.: A sturgeon swims over a spawning bed in the St. Clair River. The installation of rocky reefs in the St. Clair River delta created 40,000 square feet of spawning habit for lake sturgeon, which is expected to bolster the population of this iconic Great Lakes fish species.
Manistee River Dam Removalhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/Flowing-Well-After.jpg
Kalkaska, Mich.: The north branch of the Manistee River after the dams were removed. Removing these dams restored natural conditions in 37 miles of a trout stream, which increased the native brook trout population. Photo Courtesy of Conservation Resource Alliance.
Kalamazoo River Sturgeonshttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/HoldingBabySturgeon.jpeg
Fennville, Mich.: Biologists in 2011 released 100 baby lake sturgeons into the Kalamazoo River. The lake sturgeon population is being nursed back to health in a Michigan river after decades of decline. Photo Courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Burnt Mill Bridge on the Platte Riverhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/Burnt-Mill-After.jpg
Interlochen, Mich.: Replacing a narrow culvert on the Platte River with this new Burnt Mill Bridge restored the river's natural flow. This has reduced stream bank erosion that was suffocating prime spawning areas for trout and salmon. Photo Courtesy of Conservation Resource Alliance.
Wheeler Creek Dam Removalhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/Wheeler-Creek-After.jpg
Mesick, Mich.: Wheeler Creek after the dam was removed. Removing this obsolete dam from Wheeler Creek, a tributary of the Manistee River, restored the natural conditions in several miles of a coldwater trout stream and removed a safety hazard. Photo Courtesy Conservation Resource Alliance.
Fish Passage in Silver Creekhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/SilverCreekAfter.jpg
Presque Isle County, Mich.: Improvements at 10 road-stream crossings over Silver Creek improved fish passage and reduced the amount of sediment washing into the trout stream, which is a tributary of the Ocqueoc River and Lake Huron. Photo courtesy of Huron Pines.
The Bete Grise Preservehttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/BGSS282004.jpeg
Keweenaw County, Mich.: The Bete Grise Preserve along Lake Superior added 1,475 acres of ecologically significant wetlands to the preserve thanks to Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funds.
Dam Removal on the Potagannissinghttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/Final-21.jpg
Drummond Island, Mich.: A 60-year-old dam on the Potagannissing River, located on northern Lake Huron’s Drummond Island, was modified to permit fish passage and bolster the region’s northern pike fishery.
Black River Fish Passagehttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/ab18bridge.jpg
Harrisville, Mich.: Replacing two dysfunctional culverts with this bridge restored a trout stream to Lake Huron in northern Michigan and created 18 miles of prime spawning habitat for lake-run coaster brook trout, steelhead and salmon. Photo Courtesy of Huron Pines.
U.S. Steel on the Detroit Riverhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/USSteel2.jpg
Ecorse, Mich.: The U.S. Steel’s Great Lakes Works facility with restored habitat on the riverbank of the Detroit River. The natural shoreline will help improve coastal habitat, respond to climate change and changing water levels in the Great Lakes, and advance efforts to eliminate beneficial use impairments in the Detroit River Area of Concern. Photo Courtesy of Jeff Alexander.
Detroit, Mich.: Removing thousands of pounds of pollutants from the Black Lagoon on the Detroit River has improved water quality, attracted fish and birds, and sparked economic development—inspiring officials to rename the water body Ellias Cove.
St. Mary's River Cleanuphttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/Cannelton-Tannery-073-3c4f221610-1.jpg
St. Mary's River, Mich.: More than 500,000 pounds of contaminated materials were removed from Tannery Bay, located on the St. Mary’s River. Federal Great Lakes restoration funds helped support the cleanup, making the river safer for fish and people. Photo Courtesy of White Lake Dock and Dredge, Inc.
Muskegon Lakes Restorationhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/Muskegon-Lake-After-Restoration.gif
Muskegon, Mich.: Removing broken concrete, foundry slag, sheet metal, and sawmill waste from the shores along Muskegon Lakes restored 50 acres of wetlands—allowing fish, turtles, shore birds and waterfowl to return. Economists estimate that the $10 million project will produce more than $66 million in economic benefits, a 6-to-1 return on investment.
Isle Royale Ferry Ballast Solutionhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/Ranger.jpg
Houghton, Mich.: The M/V Ranger III passes by Michigan Technological University, where scientists helped develop the ship’s ballast water treatment system. The treatment system will keep the ship from transporting invasive species between Isle Royale and the port at Houghton. Photo Courtesy of Michigan Tech.
Nayanquing Point Restorationhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/MichSeaGrant.Nayanquing-Point-.jpg
Bay City, Mich.: Nayanquing Point, along the shores of Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay. The replacement of a failed pump structure at the Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area in eastern Michigan has restored a large wetland, improved wildlife habitat and increased waterfowl hunting opportunities. Photo Courtesy of Michigan Sea Grant.
Ford Motor Co.'s Green Roofhttp://live-healthy-lakes.pantheon.io/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/FordGreenRoof.jpg
Dearborn, Mich.: A view of Ford Motor Co.’s massive Rouge truck manufacturing facility and its living roof. The roof absorbs water to reduce runoff and keeps the building cooler than a traditional rooftop. Photo Courtesy of Jeff Alexander.