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Work progresses on Marysville shoreline

by Candice Miller on October 30, 2014

http://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/local/marysville/2014/10/28/work-progresses-marysville-shoreline/18084303/

Beth LeBlanc and Nicole Hayden, Times Herald

 

Officials tour a new path and green space along the St. Clair River at Chrysler Beach in Marysville. (Photo: JEFFREY M. SMITH , TIMES HERALD )

MARSYVILLE – Shoreline restoration at Marysville’s Chrysler Beach, one of three environmental projects in the city, will be completed by the end of April.

Originally scheduled to be done by Dec. 31, the city sought an extension after design changes delayed the work.

New additions to Chrysler Beach have included two rain gardens and footbridges, said Barry Kreiner, director of public services for Marysville.

“This was just a parking lot before,” said Dan Damman, Marysville mayor. “We were able to tap into funds to create a green space … There’s nowhere else where you can just look right up the river like this.”

Crews have removed and rebuilt the boat ramp at the park. They’ve also removed a building, seawall and old docks just north of the beach.

“That part of the shoreline has been naturalized, although we still have some plantings to do,” Kreiner said.

The new boat launch cost $125,000, coming from the city’s public improvement fund, said Randy Fernandez, Marysville city manager.

Kreiner said asphalt between the boat ramp and road also has been replaced, and rain gardens and sidewalks have been installed in the parking lot behind the water treatment plant.

Kreiner said crews still have to plant more vegetation along the naturalized shoreline, and areas of the parking lot need to be seal-coated and painted. The bathrooms will be renovated, and a fish cleaning station, playscape area and picnic area added.

The Chrysler Beach project is 95 percent done, said Annette DeMaria, senior engineer for the consultants on the project, Environmental Consulting and Technology Inc.

“We were supposed to be done by Dec. 31, but we applied for an extension, so it has to be done by the end of April,” Kreiner said. ​​The beach project received $500,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency through Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funds and $239,900 from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, DeMaria said.

U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, said Marysville is a model for other areas in the state.

“By working together, they were able to take advantage of the strength of their water,” Miller said.

A second project, targeting Cuttle Creek, will total $2.4 million, with all funds coming from the GLRI.

The first phase is of the Cuttle Creek project is supposed to start before the winter. The second phase will begin in January 2015 and will be complete by summer 2015, DeMaria said.

The project is expected to make the stream better for fish, wild animals and native plants.

A third project, creating a living shoreline along River Road, was completed in summer 2013 and cost $1.8 million.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration funded the majority of that project through a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant. Marysville funded 17 percent of the project through its capital improvement funds, DeMaria said.

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