$8 million granted to make improvements to the Grand River

Posted at 11:47 PM, Jan 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-08 23:48:14-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The Grand River Revitalization Project has been awarded an $8 million grant to restore and promote the conservation of the Grand River.

They say  nearly half of the funding will go towards restoring fish habitats and protecting endangered species in downtown Grand Rapids but also be allocated to improving water quality in the Indian Mill Creek and Rogue River watersheds.

The federal funding is thanks to a 2014 farm bill's Regional Conservation Partnership Program, an effort Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow fought for.

“We are grateful for federal support for this important project, and we thank Senator Debbie Stabenow and others for their work in laying the foundation for this critical funding,” Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss said. “This is a tremendous step forward as we work together to restore the Grand River and transform it into an asset for not only downtown but the entire region.”

For more information about the revitalization efforts click here.