Efforts to restore the streambank and improve the fishing at just received a big boost.
received a $25,000 grant this week from MillerCoors and the River Network, which partnered up to award money to nonprofit organizations focused on watershed protection, conservation and education.
The Yates Park project came in first place in an online voting campaign that divided $80,000 in grant money among six projects.
The project, called "Wait Wait ... Don't Step There, Fish Here!" will address the intense traffic at Yates Park that has contributed to streambank erosion and destruction of fish habitat.
Yates Park is the site of many projects and events hosted by the Watershed Council; a measures the water quality at the park; a popular takes place there Saturday. The park gets crowded in the fall with traffic and visitors from across the street.
The Watershed Council is a nonprofit organization designed to protect, enhance and celebrate the Clinton River, its watershed and Lake St. Clair. Its headquarters are in Rochester Hills.
Read more about the other grant winners at www.RiverNetwork.org.