[Re]Building Fish Habitats in the Detroit River

Originally published: 
January, 2017
SNRE doctoral candidate Joseph Krieger, Professor Jim Diana, and colleagues across campus are working with Michigan Sea Grant, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, SmithGroup JJR, and DTE Energy on a large-scale project to restore habitat for sturgeon and other fish in the Detroit River. The restoration team uses massive quantities of broken limestone to create spawning reefs for the fish. Their findings shed important new light on fish habitat restoration, and will aid ecosystem management in the future.
Says Jennifer Read, Director of the U-M Water Center, "The coolest thing about this whole reef project will be next spring, when we see sturgeon, walleye, and suckers out there spawning. We know that we've had a real impact on the region, the ecosystem, and the economy."
Read the full story by Jim Erickson of Michigan News at Michigan News.
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