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Science in Action – Restoring Fish Habitat in Urban Rivers

Science in Action – Restoring Fish Habitat in Urban Rivers
December 9, 2015 Lea Vigi

Sturgeon eggs at MC reef-M

Next spring, native fish, such as lake sturgeon, will have more places to spawn and safely incubate their eggs in the Detroit River. To compensate for historic habitat losses, Water Center specialists are helping to build a 4-acre fish spawning reef offshore from Wyandotte, Michigan. Although simple in concept, the planning and implementation of this restoration project has taken three years and the design draws upon many years of research. As the team facilitators, Water Center specialists help integrate the knowledge of biologists, engineers and stakeholders to ensure that restoration decisions are based on sound science while meeting management and other stakeholder needs.

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