- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

SUTTONS BAY, Mich. (AP) - Northern Michigan is getting nearly $8 million in public investment that will be matched by about $8 million in private sector investment to support land and water conservation.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow announced Friday that funding for the project comes through the 2014 Farm Bill’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

The project called the Tribal Stream and Michigan Fruitbelt Collaborative is led by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, the Leelanau Conservancy and the Conservation Resource Alliance.

The partnership is working toward long-term restoration and protection of a tribal fishery as well as addressing water quality concerns along Lake Michigan. Local farmers and producers also will work to protect farm land in the region and enhance wildlife habitats.

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