$50K grant to fight invasive species in Red Run Drain received – Macomb Daily

A $50,000 grant will help local water officials combat invasive species and restore native vegetation in the Red Run Drain in Warren and Sterling Heights.

The Six Rivers Land Conservancy in Rochester Hills received the grant from the US Forest Service Great Lakes Initiative to improve the 8.2-long-long drain that starts in Oakland County and flows into Macomb County.

The project’s goal is to restore resilience to the drain by blocking and controlling invasive species, environmental officials said in a news release. That will help increase biodiversity and enhance watershed stability and wildlife habitat for species such as the Great Blue Heron and Northern Map Turtle, officials said. It will also allow the officials to monitor what is taking place.

The activities will be managed by the Lake St. Clair Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, which has been preparing for several weeks and will begin eradication efforts in May, said Kirsten Lyons, CISMA director.

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