Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Conyers Announces Two Grants Totaling $1.9 Million for the Restoration of Belle Isle

(DETROIT) – Today, the Great Lakes National Program Office in the United States Environmental Protection Agency awarded two grants totaling $1.9 million to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Friends of the Detroit River. These grants will jointly go towards the Habitat Restoration Projects program for the restoration of fish and wildlife habitats on Belle Isle. Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued this statement following the grant awarding ceremony:

“I am happy to announce that the Great Lakes National Program Office in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has provided two grants, totaling $1.9 million, to the Friends of the Detroit River and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative,” said Conyers.

“This grant funding will go towards restoring biodiversity and protecting the ecology in areas that had previously been contaminated on Belle Isle. Specifically, the grants will be put to use reconnecting the mouth of the Blue Heron Lagoon to the Detroit River, as well as creating a spawning reef for fish and wildlife habitats nearby the island.

“With this financial assistance, Belle Isle is on a path towards being delisted as a Great Lakes Area of Concern. Through a unique collaboration between the Friends of the Detroit River, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the City of Detroit, and Congressman Hansen Clarke, Belle Isle’s ecosystem can continue to rebuild and recover.“

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Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) alongside Congressman Hansen Clarke (D-Mich.) accepting grant money for the restoration of Belle Isle.

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