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Consumers Energy Foundation Awards $5K Grant For Boardman Project

By Beth Milligan | Jan. 4, 2019

The Consumers Energy Foundation has awarded $5,000 to the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority (DDA) for its project dedicated to protecting, beautifying, and increasing access and recreational opportunities along the lower Boardman River.

Funding will be used to help cover the costs of a consultant who will work with the Lower Boardman River Leadership Team - a committee appointed by the DDA - to create a strategic plan for the river, says DDA CEO Jean Derenzy. “The development and implementation of a unifying strategy for the lower Boardman is of critical importance to Traverse City businesses, residents, and visitors," Derenzy says.

Development of the lower Boardman strategy will offer several opportunities for public involvement, according to Derenzy. When completed, the plan will define action steps for protecting and improving the habitat and ecosystem of the river corridor, naturalizing hard surfaces that contribute to storm water runoff, curbing erosion and the impact of invasive species, developing universal access to the Boardman, and strengthening policies, programs and plans to protect the lower river.

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