Wetland Mitigation

Protecting Watersheds & Wetlands

Protecting watersheds and wetlands is a priority for the Marquette County Conservation District.  Wetland mitigation involves the replacement of unavoidably lost wetland resources with created or restored wetlands, with the goal of replacing as fully as possible the functions and public benefits of the lost wetland.

City of Marquette Wetland Mitigation Project

History

The wetland sites at Presque Isle, highlighted in the image to the left, were used for many years historically as a dumping site for mining operations. This left the wetland severely damaged, and in 2011, the City of Marquette worked with EGLE to remove debris from the wetland and fill it, beginning the restoration process. Since 2012, the City of Marquette has contracted the Marquette County Conservation District to perform wetland mitigation projects at the Presque Isle Wetlands behind Moosewood Nature Center, as well as the protected wetland area located along McClellan Ave., across from the Medical Center to restore these wetlands to full health.

Our Works At Presque Isle

Through our partnership with the city, we have been able to help restore these wetland areas through a variety of methods. Our focuses in the wetlands have included:

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Forestry & Wildlife Management Assistance

The Forest and Wildlife Management Assistance Program of Marquette and Alger Counties promotes stewardship of forest resources on private lands. This free program offers landowners assistance with managing wildlife habitat, timber production, tree planting, recreation, and forest health, as well as urban forestry and backyard wildlife. We provide on site consultation, basic written information, and referrals to other service providers free of charge. Management suggestions are based on sound resource science and the landowner’s goals.

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Produce Safety Technicians offer FREE & CONFIDENTIAL education and assistance to fresh produce growers regarding their on-farm food safety practices. Safe food practices minimizes the risk of foodborne illnesses, and helps keep the people who eat fresh produce safe.

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Free invasive species management The Lake to Lake Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (L2L CISMA) is a multi-agency and multi-community group created in 2008 to

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Pollinator Information

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Agripalooza!

Each September, Marquette and Alger Conservation Districts host an educational field day at the Michigan State University Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, MI.

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Natural Resources Conservation Service Partnership

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