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Grant will help restore Grand River watershed
By D'Arcy Egan
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Published October 28, 2005

The Grand River watershed will benefit from a $1 million grant from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and $2 million in matching funds to protect and restore more than 1,700 acres of critical wetlands and habitat in Northeast Ohio.

More than 3 million people live within 35 miles of the Grand River, where agriculture and urban development have drained wetlands, fragmented forests, eroded stream banks, increased nutrient loading and impacted fish and wildlife, said Duck Unlimited officials.

"A diverse array of migratory bird habitats will be restored and protected," said Heather Braun, DU regional biologist. "Hundreds of species of wildlife will benefit from the wetland and upland habitats conserved through this project."

Partners in this project are DU, the Geauga Parks District, Grand River Partners Inc., the Nature Conservancy, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Ohio Division of Wildlife, Ashtabula Soil and Water Conservation District and the Western Reserve Chapter of Pheasants Forever.

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