Conservation Results for Public-Private Partnerships

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Innovative public-private partnerships are delivering substantial conservation and restoration successes in the Detroit River and western Lake Erie. This workshop will share lessons from: soft shoreline engineering; transformation of an industrial brownfield into a Refuge Gateway; construction of a sturgeon spawning reef; and growth of an International Wildlife Refuge.

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Conservation Results for Public-Private Partnerships

  1. 1. Conservation Results Through Public-PrivatePartnerships<br />John Hartig, Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge<br />Susan Phillips, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments<br />Jim Boase, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service<br />Burke Jenkins, Hamilton Anderson Associates<br />Allison Krueger, Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge<br />
  2. 2. Today’s Workshop<br />Conservation Results Through Public-Private Partnerships<br />
  3. 3. DISCUSSION:<br />What comes to mind when you think of Detroit?<br />
  4. 4. SPORTS!<br />AUTO INDUSTRY<br />DETROIT <br />METROPOLITAN <br />COMMUNITY<br />MANUFACTURING<br />PUBLIC ART<br />AVAILABLE <br />LAND<br />
  5. 5. CASE STUDIES FROM THE DETROIT/WINDSOR METROPOLITAN AREA:<br />#1 SHORELINE ENGINEERING<br />#2 TRANFORMATION OF THE REFUGE GATEWAY<br />#3 STURGEON RECOVERY IN THE DETROIT RIVER<br />#4 FROM BLACK LAGOON TO NATURAL RESOURCE ASSET<br />#5 DETROIT RIVER INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE<br />
  6. 6. CASE STUDY #1<br />SOFT SHORELINE ENGINEERING:<br />HARD SHORELINE ENGINEERING<br /><ul><li>Using concrete breakwalls or steel sheet piling to reduce erosion, stabilize shorelines for commercial, recreation and other uses, and achieve safety
  7. 7. No habitat value</li></li></ul><li>Soft Shoreline Engineering<br /><ul><li>Using ecological principles and practices to reduce erosion and achieve stability of shorelines and safety, while enhancing habitat, improving aesthetics, and even saving money
  8. 8. Using rocks, vegetation, and other materials to soften the land-water interface, thereby improving the ecological value without compromising engineering integrity of the shoreline</li></ul>Conservation Results Through Public-Private Partnerships<br />
  9. 9. Before<br />Windsor’s<br />Goose Bay<br />Park<br />After<br />
  10. 10. Milliken <br />State Park<br />
  11. 11. Before<br />DTE’s<br />River Rouge <br />Power plant<br />After<br />
  12. 12. Wayne county’s<br />Elizabeth<br />Park <br />Before<br />After<br />
  13. 13. 42 projects <br />In 12 years!<br />
  14. 14. CASE STUDY #2<br />TRANSFORMATION OF AN INDUSTRIAL BROWNFIELD TO THE REFUGE GATEWAY<br />
  15. 15. 1990???<br />REFUGE GATEWAY<br />HUMBUG MARSH<br />
  16. 16. 1993<br />REFUGE GATEWAY<br />HUMBUG MARSH<br />GROSSE ILE<br />
  17. 17. Refuge Gateway:<br /><ul><li>Restoring habitat
  18. 18. Expanding the ecological buffer of Humbug Marsh </li></ul>Humbug Marsh:<br /><ul><li>Michigan’s only ramsar site
  19. 19. last mile of natural shoreline along the US mainland
  20. 20. High quality Forested Lake Plain Ecosystem
  21. 21. DRIWR Unit</li></ul>REFUGE GATEWAY<br />HUMBUG MARSH<br />
  22. 22. REFUGE GATEWAY: HISTORIC INDUSTRY <br />
  23. 23. Refuge Gateway Master Plan<br />Development and Implementation has involved hundreds of partners<br />
  24. 24. MonguagonDaylighting Project<br />
  25. 25. CASE STUDY #3<br />STURGEON RECOVERY IN THE DETROIT RIVER<br />Threatened in both Michigan and Ontario<br />
  26. 26. LAKE STURGEON POPULATION DECLINE IN LAKE ERIE AND THE DETROIT RIVER<br />1 % Remaining of <br />Historical Population<br />Lake Erie commercial fish catch in Michigan and Ontario 1879-2000<br />Conservation Results Through Public-Private Partnerships<br />
  27. 27. Lake Sturgeon - Continued….<br />In 2001, Lake Sturgeon spawning was documented near Zug Island in the Detroit River for the first time in over 40 years! <br />
  28. 28. Fighting Island Sturgeon Reef<br /><ul><li>Construction in 2008
  29. 29. Successful reproduction documented in 2009 </li></li></ul><li>First Joint Funded Canada-U.S. Fish Habitat Restoration Project<br />in the Great Lakes <br />4 Treatments x 3 Replicates<br />
  30. 30. 16 partnering <br />organizations!<br />Environment Canada, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ontario Great Lakes <br />Renewal Foundation, Essex Region Conservation Authority, U.S. Geological Survey – Great Lakes Science Center, Michigan Wildlife Conservancy, Ontario Ministry of <br />Natural Resources, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Detroit River Canadian Cleanup, BASF Corporation, DTE Energy, Landmark Engineers Inc., International Wildlife Refuge Alliance, Michigan Sea Grant, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and Wildlife Habitat Council<br />
  31. 31. CASE STUDY #4<br />FROM BLACK LAGOON TO NATURAL RESOURCE ASSET<br />
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  33. 33. Location<br />Black Lagoon<br />Black Lagoon,<br />Trenton, MI<br />
  34. 34. Oil being discharged from McClouth Steel Plant in 1961<br />Conservation Results through Public-Private Partnerships<br />
  35. 35. <ul><li> 115,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment removed
  36. 36. $9.3 million</li></li></ul><li><ul><li> $152,000 for soft shoreline engineering</li></li></ul><li>From Black Lagoon to Ellias Cove<br />
  37. 37. CASE STUDY #5<br />DETROIT RIVER INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE<br />(DRIWR)<br />
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  39. 39. Detroit River International<br /> Wildlife Refuge<br /><ul><li>Signed into law in 2001
  40. 40. first International Wildlife Refuge in North America
  41. 41. one of only a few urban refuges
  42. 42. Founded on partnerships for conservation and for the </li></ul> benefit of future generations<br /><ul><li>A new paradigm for conservation</li></li></ul><li>Grassy Island Unit<br />Mud Island Unit<br />
  43. 43. Humbug Marsh Unit<br />
  44. 44. Strong Unit<br />
  45. 45. DTE Fermi II <br />Cooperative Management Agreement<br />656 Acres<br />Fermi Sign Dedication Oct. 29, 2004<br />
  46. 46. Gard Island Unit<br />
  47. 47. Erie Marsh Preserve<br />
  48. 48. Gibraltar Bay Unit<br />
  49. 49. Refuge has grown from 300 acres to over 5,762 acres in ten years!<br />
  50. 50. What are some of the critical elements for successful conservation projects using public-private partnerships?<br />Conservation Results Through Public-Private Partnerships<br />
  51. 51. Critical Elements for Success:<br /><ul><li> Cooperative conservation initiatives are helping recreate gathering places for wildlife and people along the Detroit River
  52. 52. These unique conservation places are now a key factor in providing the quality of life that is so important in achieving competitive advantage for communities and businesses in the 21st Century
  53. 53. Cooperative conservation is helping provide an exceptional conservation experience to nearly 7 million people in the watershed to help develop the next generation of conservationists</li></ul>Conservation Results Through Public-Private Partnerships<br />
  54. 54. Critical Elements for Success:<br /><ul><li>High profile champion
  55. 55. Build Partnerships
  56. 56. Core project delivery team
  57. 57. Cooperative learning
  58. 58. Local ownership
  59. 59. Step-wise approach </li></ul>Conservation Results Through Public-Private Partnerships<br />
  60. 60. Critical Elements for Success: continue…<br /><ul><li>Ecosystem/watershed focus
  61. 61. Cooperative solutions
  62. 62. Government responsiveness
  63. 63. Leverage resources
  64. 64. Cost/Ecosystem Effectiveness
  65. 65. Public Celebration </li></ul>Conservation Results Through Public-Private Partnerships<br />
  66. 66. To deny the river is to deny the origin of the city. To rethink the river is to discover a unique opportunity to define urban places, join neighborhoods and communities together, and reconnect us to our landscape and our history.<br />A.GOLDING<br />
  67. 67. SPORTS!<br />AUTO INDUSTRY<br />DETROIT <br />METROPOLITAN <br />COMMUNITY<br />MANUFACTURING<br />PUBLIC ART<br />AVAILABLE <br />LAND<br />
  68. 68. OUTDOOR <br />RECREATION<br />DETROIT <br />METROPOLITAN <br />COMMUNITY<br />WILDLIFE OBSERVATION<br />FISHING & HUNTING <br />OPPORTUNITIES<br />ENVIRONMENTAL EDCUATION<br />WETLAND CONSERVATION<br />

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