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E-M:/ Wildlife blooms again on Grosse Ile shoreline



 
1,190 feet of waterfront on Gibraltar Bay comes alive again with plants, animals after 3-year job.
 
It is hard to imagine that just decades ago, the site was a defense outpost in the Cold War, with missiles stored at the Navy seaplane base to intercept Russian bombers. It was among about 20 Nike missile bases in Michigan.

With the three missile silos came the filling of marshland with concrete and clay. The process of reversing the environmental corruption has been a years-long effort.

A three-year project to restore about 1,190 feet of shoreline in Gibraltar Bay is coming to an end this week, the latest chapter in efforts to restore animal and plant habitat here.