Celebrating Milestones – Success from the Field

Celebrating Milestones – Success from the Field

Woo Hoo, Yeah, You did it! As you know, working to protect and restore our precious waters – lakes, rivers, wetlands, shorelines, and drinking water is HARD work. But it is also very rewarding. This regular feature in our newsletter is intended to celebrate our achievements – small and large. Congratulations to the following groups for their achievement.

On March 24, 2010, the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Lake Erie Region Conservancy’s appeal to uphold deed restrictions to keep a golf course in the City of Erie, Pennsylvania a public park forever. The decision protects deed restrictions and conservation easements. To learn more about the issue contact Tom Fuhrman, Lake Erie Region Conservancy at lercerie@gmail.com.

Commerce’s Park Intrepid Pond in Grosse Ile, Michigan has received a makeover, thanks to the Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy. Volunteers have removed invasive species like phragmites and Eurasian water milfoil from the pond, as well as planting hundreds of native plants to help filter the drainage waters that pass through the pond and to increase the biodiversity of the ecosystem. Grosse Ile AP Biology students have used the pond as a laboratory to learn about water quality and aquatic life and can document changes in the health of the pond in the coming years. For more information email, info@ ginlc.org.

Friends of Jean Klock Park, Benton Harbor, Michigan are hopeful that there may still be an opportunity to keep Jean Klock Park a public park thanks to a recent action by the Benton Harbor, Michigan city council. At their April meeting the city council withdrew their 2008 resolution of “symbolic support” for the development that involved a land lease of a public park for private use in a 6-2 vote. Commissioners’ stated that the project hasn’t provided enough local jobs or made payment on using the city water system. Another concern was the use of leased land at Jean Klock Park for the golf course. Friends of Jean Klock Park (www.savejeanklockpark. org) and Protect Jean Klock Park (www. protectjkp.org) are working on different legal avenues to keep this Lake Michigan beach access open to the public for future generations.

If your group achieves a milestone in your work – please let us know so that we can share your success and join in the celebration.

 

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