Inter-agency planning for St. Marys River (MI) coastal wetland resiliency
May 2022 - May 2023
This project is in collaboration with the Salt Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Over the course of the project, we will convene a group of governmental agencies, stakeholders, community members, and decision analysis and technical experts to participate in a structured, facilitated process focused on prioritization of coastal wetlands for protection and restoration in the St. Marys River, Michigan and development of a comprehensive inter-agency resilience plan. The St. Marys River is the major connecting channel between Lakes Superior and Huron and is a critical waterway for Tribal and non-Tribal communities, wildlife (e.g., threatened waterbirds, marshbirds, and waterfowl), fisheries, wetlands, and international commercial freighter traffic and is subject to water level fluctuations related to lake level changes and storm events as well as chronic stressors resulting from the impacts of wakes created by intensive freighter traffic.