DNR Awards Grants to Maintain Michigan River Fish Habitats

Some Northern Michigan rivers are getting a bit of help, thanks to a few generous grants from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

The department has awarded nearly $200,000 in grants to help take on three river habitat improvement projects.

The money is being provided by the Habitat Improvement Account, which is funded by Consumers Energy.

More than $58,000 of it will go toward helping non-profit organization Huron Pines complete the removal of Buhl Dam on the Pine River, which will improve water quality and fish movement.

More than $30,000 will help the Mason-Griffith Founders Chapter of Trout Unlimited gather information to help generate a list for habitat improvements on the Au Sable and Manistee Rivers.

And nearly $100,000 will go to the DNR’s Fisheries Division to help pay to replace equipment used to manage the Muskegon Walleye Pond, which provides fingerling walleye stocked into the Muskegon River.