Leveraging Our Water Resource to Benefit Bay County

Bay Area Community Foundation (BACF) is pleased to announce grant awards for three Bay County projects that will make a lasting impression on our community by utilizing our unique natural water resources to attract and retain residents and business. Through the Foundation’s Community Impact Initiative and Healthy Living funds, $300,000 will be awarded to Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy, Fraser Township, and Monitor Township.

Imagine with us how the best is yet to come as these spaces transform. View a “before” video to learn more about these significant projects:

Along the Saginaw River in Bay City, the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy’s Riverbend West restoration project will open up visual access to the only undeveloped, natural piece of riverfront in Bay City. They will remove invasive plants, reintroduce native species, and construct a new universally-accessible trail to allow residents and visitors to discover the natural history of Michigan and take in the beautiful river scenery.

The end of Linwood Road in Fraser Township provides the only free access to the Saginaw Bay in our community. The Township’s project will transform what is now essentially a parking lot into a destination with added green spaces for families to enjoy the shoreline, picnic, fish, and launch kayaks and canoes. Added amenities will include a portable fishing dock and ADA-accessible kayak launch.

In Monitor Township, the Herbert W. Steih Memorial Park provides access to the Kawkawlin River for kayakers, canoers, snowmobilers, and fishers. The effects of Mother Nature, along with the park’s continuous use, require steps be taken to preserve the space. This project will stabilize the riverbank, preserving the natural resources for future generations to enjoy in addition to adding an expansion of park amenities.

These projects will improve access to our County’s waterfront, open up recreational opportunities, and utilize the natural resources in smart and sustainable ways.


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