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E-M:/ Humbug Marsh Development Notice Alert

Enviro-Mich message from MUCC <mucc@mucc.org>

Humbug Marsh along the Detroit River in Wayne County is a unique and
valuable habitat for fish and wildlife.  It provides 3/4 miles of
remnant Great Lakes coastal marsh, of which 97% have been destroyed by
shoreline development and nearly all in western Lake Erie have
disappeared during the past 50 years.  The area is nationally recognized
as a walleye fishing hotspot each spring by thousands of anglers. 
Juvenile lake sturgeon, a state endangered fish, are being caught for
the first time in decades a few miles from Humbug Marsh.  The lower
Detroit River, including Humbug Marsh, is the most important spawning
and nursery habitat in the entire Detroit River and much of western Lake

Humbug Marsh has also been an important area for duck hunting by local
sportsmen for generations.  This area has been nominated by the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife service as a focus area for enhancement and protection
of fish and wildlife, especially waterfowl.  In addition, Bald Eagles
and Osprey have been observed in the area of Humbug Marsh and migratory
birds use it as a stopping point in their migration routes.

Since the Fall of 1997, Made In Detroit (MinD), a development company,
has been working to receive rezoning and development design review for
their 460-acre golf course/residential project near the Humbug Marsh. 
MinD has received local authorization to proceed with the project.

The next procedure is to apply for permit applications from the
Department of Environmental Quality and the Army Corp of Engineers. 
MinD applied for the permits last week or so.  Please write Les Thomas
of the Land and Water Management Division of the DEQ (P.O. Box 30204,
Lansing, MI  48909) and David Gesl of the Army Corp of Engineers
(Detroit District of Corps of Engineers, P.O. Box 1027, Detroit, MI 
48231) and request to be put on the mailing list to receive these permit
applications when they are complete.  We urge you to write comments for
the permit applications concerning this development.  We also ask that
you encourage DEQ to protect our last Great Lakes coastal wetlands in
the area by denying the permit.

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