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Ravine 10 Highland Park

AUTHORITY:

Great Lakes Fishery and Ecosystem Restoration (GLFER), (Section 506, Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) 2000).  WRDA 2016, Section 1123 repealed the upper funding limit for the program. It further authorized under Section 1140 compatible recreation features. 

DESCRIPTION:

The goal of the project is to restore 14 acres of rare and important coastal habitats indicative of the region, including stream, dune, beach, bluff, and ravine.  The feasibility study will evaluate features that provide and restore stream connectivity and habitat diversity in a southern Lake Michigan stream, increase habitat for the state threatened Mudpuppy, remove invasive species, plant native species and increase habitat for migratory birds. 

COST:

Total Project Cost:

 $259,537

Federal Cost:

 $203,699

Non-Federal Cost:

 $55,838

STATUS:

The Ravine 10 study seeks to naturalize the ravine stream by removing man-made debris and utilizing small boulder/cobble structures to induce improved stream morphology and substrates. The project would also include the removal of non-native invasive plants and the reestablishment of native ravine and bluff plant communities. Work will follow Highland Park’s steep slope ordinance and will be primarily limited to the stream channel easement and publicly-owned properties of Moraine and Clinton Parks.

The Detailed Project Report was approved in July 2020.