- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A federal agency has awarded funding for two projects designed to restore severely degraded wildlife habitat in southeastern Michigan.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the projects target important spawning and nursery areas for muskellunge, northern pike, largemouth bass and other fish.

A grant of $415,605 will go to Friends of the Detroit River to improve about 3,000 feet of shoals and create 50 acres of backwater habitat within the Stony Islands in the lower Detroit River.

In nearby Dearborn, the Alliance of Rouge Communities will receive $350,000 in support of an effort to reconnect 50 miles of the Rouge River and 108 miles of its tributaries to the Great Lakes system.

The funds were provided through the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

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