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From: John Hartig
Subject: DTE Energy and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announce Partnership to Restore Wetlands at Monroe Power Plant

DTE Energy and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announce a partnership to restore several wetlands at the Monroe Power Plant, which is located on the western Lake Erie shoreline within the boundaries of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. More than 20 years ago, two small ponds on Detroit Edison’s Monroe Power Plant site were used to rear walleye during a time when the Lake Erie walleye population was in crisis. The Lake Erie walleye population is now in a “high quality” state and walleye rearing is no longer necessary because of environmental improvements in Lake Erie and fishery management efforts. These remnant walleye rearing ponds, along with additional shoreline areas on the plant site, now will be restored to productive wetlands for waterfowl. DTE Energy will provide in-kind support to this wetland restoration project. Such wetland restoration projects are significant because western Lake Erie has lost more than 90 percent of its coastal wetlands to development. See attached news release:

In addition, during 2006, four acres of wetlands were restored and 43 acres of native grasses were planted at the Monroe Power Plant by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Monroe Chapter of Pheasants Forever and DTE Energy. This 2006 wetland restoration, along with other contributions, is being used to help make match on the 2007 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant. See attached pictures of 2006 wetland restoration work at DTE's Monroe Power Plant:

Many thanks to Steve Dushane of U.S. FWS and DTE's staff at the Monroe Power Plant for their leadership!

John H. Hartig, Refuge Manager
Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge
Large Lakes Research Station
9311 Groh Road
Grosse Ile, MI 48138
Phone: 734-692-7608
Fax: 734-692-7603
E-mail: [email protected]
 
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