The City of Rochester Hills was awarded $90,000 in funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for third and final phase of the Avon Creek Restoration project.
Avon Creek is part of the Clinton River Area of Concern. Loss of fish and wildlife habitat, and reductions in fish populations are two of several impacts the city is working to reverse by conducting stream restorations projects.
The City began Phases I and II of the restoration project in 2010 when the first grant from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was awarded for $135,000.
“We realized additional funding would be necessary if we were going to make the impact that we were hoping for,” said Roger Moore, Department of Public Services. “We applied for an additional $90,000 grant in order to complete the project.”
Protecting our natural amenities
The grant will fund the completion of the pond by-pass, which will allow fish passage and reduced water temperature in the Avon Creek. The grant will also fund the continued creek restoration downstream behind the Clinton River Watershed offices.
“This project represents our ongoing commitment to restoring fish habitat and protecting our natural amenities,” Mayor Bryan K. Barnett said.
The grants were awarded under the Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership, administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a Department of the Interior agency. The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.