Michigan takes ownership of wetland area from
Lansing, MI— Waste Management,
Inc. purchased a 455-acre Blue Water Isles parcel as part of a
wetland mitigation project, and transferred ownership to the State
of Michigan to expand the St. John’s Marsh to the eastern
shore of Lake St. Clair in Clay Township.
A ceremony held in April brought
together wildlife enthusiasts, state and local officials and Waste
Management officials to celebrate the transfer, which was actually
approved by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission earlier
in the year.
Ecologists and environmental
stewards have long recognized the value of the Blue Water Isles
as a unique part of Michigan’s Great Lakes coastal wetlands.
The ecology of Blue Water Isles is essentially a part of St. John’s
Marsh, and will now be preserved and protected from development.
The DNR has been working since
the 1970s to purchase and preserve parts of St. John’s Marsh.
The DNR has purchased more than 2,400 acres of the wetland using
state money and private donations.
The Blue Water Isles acquisition
is an important addition to St. John’s Marsh, linking the
marsh’s property back to Lake St. Clair and preserving it
in perpetuity. The marsh is part of the migration flyway used
by ducks, geese and songbirds.
“Waste Management is proud
to affirm our commitment to preserving Michigan’s natural
resources,” said John Meyers, compliance and engineering
manager, Waste Management, Inc.