Grant from $1 Million DTE Energy Foundation Award To Go Towards Fisheries

The DTE Energy Foundation says it’s awarding $1 million to the Nature Conservancy Organization to fund several environmental programs in Michigan. One of these grants will be going to fisheries.

The Nature Conservancy will work with project partners to lead an experimental effort to restore whitefish in rivers over the next three years.

The conservancy will also conduct surveys on Lake Michigan tributaries and test egg rearing methods at tribal hatcheries to develop methods for possible future stock methods.

“If that were to happen, based on what we’re seeing in Wisconsin, it could really do a lot towards reversing that recent decline we’ve seen in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron,” said Matt Herbert, senior conservation scientist at the Nature Conservancy Organization.

Partners on the project include the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.