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Grant Will Now Restore Part of Munson Medical Center Campus

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A grant will now help restore a section of Kids Creek on the Munson Medical Center Campus, in Traverse City.

The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay was awarded $500,000, thanks to a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

They are partnering with Munson to relocate portions of Kids Creek, which is on Michigan's Impaired Waters list.

Its a project that Munson and the Watershed Center have been planning for a year, and now, they can begin making Kids Creek Healthy.

Their goal is to get the Creek off of Michigan's Impaired Waters list.

As the Watershed Center's Program Director, Sarah U'Ren says,

     "It's on there because of high sediment and high storm water flows.  So when it rains, the creek as people in Traverse City know, the creek fills its banks, floods out of its banks, a lot of sediments getting moved down stream."

The project is estimated to cost nearly $2 Million, so Munson matched the $500,000 dollar grant, to cover about half the cost of everything.

The restoration coincides with the construction of the new Cancer Center and gives Munson a healthier look.

     "Folks who will be coming into the Cancer Center for treatment and for healing, they'll be able to enjoy a natural view of nature that they wouldn't be able to if say, they were at a hospital or medical office building elsewhere," says Steve Tongue, the Vice President of Facilities at Munson.

 The remaining cost will be covered by donations and Munson's Capital improvement funds.

Munson and the Watershed Center are hoping to have the relocation project done by next October.

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