City of Marquette Wetland Mitigation Project
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.
Our Work 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:
INVASIVE SPECIES MANAGEMENT
VEGETATIVE SPECIES RICHNESS MONITORING
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 in order to restore these wetlands to full health.