Partnership Receives Grant to Restore Section of the River Raisin Shoreline at Detroit Edison's Monroe Power Plant


MONROE, Mich., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- A partnership lead by Detroit Edison has received a $10,000 grant to restore 500 feet of the River Raisin shoreline. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the grant under its 5 Star Restoration Program.

With $46,000 in matching funds and in-kind assistance, including a $39,000 contribution by Detroit Edison, the total value of the shoreline restoration project is $56,000. Planning for the project is under way and that the restoration work should begin in the spring.

This project will restore a section of River Raisin shoreline at Detroit Edison's Monroe Power Plant to a more natural condition. This section of shoreline was stabilized and hardened with concrete to prevent flooding and stop erosion when the site was developed for industrial use. This was a common practice, historically. By returning the shoreline to a more natural condition, the project will create fish and migratory bird habitat and enhance fishing opportunities.

Frank Wszelaki, Monroe Power Plant director, said the partners hope the project will spur similar restoration along the River Raisin and throughout the region. "This demonstration project will serve as a model of public- private partnerships for habitat restoration," Wszelaki said. "It also will demonstrate that industry and wildlife can coexist successfully. We expect the success of this project to inspire additional soft engineering projects along the River Raisin and on the Lake Erie shoreline."

The City of Monroe is a project partner, and will manage the project funding.

"Our city is blessed with the presence of DTE," said Monroe Mayor C.D. 'Al' Cappuccilli. "The company's contributions to the overall health of the greater Monroe County community has been an example in corporate citizenship that goes well beyond expectation. This restoration project of a section of the River Raisin shoreline is but one of many projects they have embarked on that will enhance the habitat of wildlife. The City of Monroe is pleased to partner with DTE and the other groups/organizations as the grant project manager for this enterprise."

The project site today consists of broken concrete and large rocks. That material will be left in place, but a veneer of native habitat will be built on top. This will retain the erosion control of the current material but provide cover, shading and improved aesthetics.

Nativescape, LLC, a native ecosystem, wetland, and soil bioengineering consulting firm, is another partner and will assist with the natural shoreline restoration work. The other partners include the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition, the Monroe County Drain Commission, the River Raisin Watershed Council, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Wildlife Habitat Council, Michigan Sea Grant and the River Raisin Institute.

Detroit Edison is an electric utility serving 2.3 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a subsidiary of DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE), a Detroit- based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Information about DTE Energy is available at

SOURCE: Detroit Edison

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