Target: Alan Walts, Director of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5
Goal: Applaud decision to restore wildlife and native plant habitat to an area of concern.
Waterfowl, fish, and other wildlife will benefit from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to restore native habitat and create a flourishing waterway. This initiative will create more biodiversity in the area and support the preservation of our native land. Thank the EPA for approving and funding this waterway restoration project.
Harsens Island, located at the mouth of the St. Clair River in Michigan, currently has a four-mile long drain that cuts through the island’s center. The restoration plan will re-shape and dredge the waterway, which is known as Krispin Drain, giving it the capacity to flow. The plan will also expose the native seed bed, allowing native plant life to thrive along the waterway. This area is important for wildlife as it contributes to the largest fresh water delta in the United States. A variety of birds can be found in the habitat of Harsens Island such as Canadian geese, mallards, black ducks, and wood ducks. The restoration of the drain’s flow will also allow the fish population to thrive including carp, dogfish, and perch.
The St. Clair River delta, including Hansens Island, was considered an area of concern in the 1987 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. This area will now cater to wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts as a promising natural area. Outdoor recreation such as kayaking and canoeing will be introduced to the area, exposing citizens to the beauty of nature. By signing this petition, you are thanking the EPA for embracing, protecting, and restoring Michigan’s wild.
Dear Director Walts,
I would like to applaud the EPA for the decision to restore Harsens Island, an important aspect of the St. Clair River delta. This plan will improve the Krispin Drain, creating a viable and functional waterway for wildlife and recreation.
The four-mile drain will be re-shaped and dredged, creating a functional corridor for aquatic life and waterfowl. The drain’s riparian area will also support native plant life from this impressive initiative. The island has suffered from invasive plants and your plan will finally give native plant life a fighting chance. I applaud you for preserving Michigan’s natural areas. I hope you continue to fight for land preservation that benefits wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation.
[Your Name Here]
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