The Friends of the Detroit River will be holding its annual “Keep-the Boat-Afloat” fundraising dinner on Saturday, April 1, at the Wyandotte Boat Club, sponsored by Environmental Consulting and Technology Inc. and Smith Group JJR. This event is held each year to support the work done by the Detroit Riverkeeper and FDR.
The Riverkeeper is responsible for patrolling the river by boat looking for water pollution and other related problems affecting the river and its habitats. The Riverkeeper and FDR are also working with the Detroit River Public Advisory Council, a group established to address Beneficial Use Impairments (BUIs) to the Detroit River. Two of these BUIs are related to the loss of fish and wildlife populations and the loss of wildlife habitat.
One of the efforts that the group is currently undertaking to address these BUIs is the planning of several habitat restoration projects along the Detroit River, including projects on Belle Isle, Stony and Celeron Islands. A presentation will be given that will focus on these restoration projects, that once completed, will help improve spawning and nursery areas for fish in the river as well as increase recreational opportunities.
Along with this presentation, the event includes an opportunity for social networking, a catered dinner by Cari Ann’s Catering, door prizes and a silent auction. It is always a pleasant evening with good food, good friends, and a great view of the Detroit River, the view courtesy of our friends from the Wyandotte Boat Club.
If interested in attending this event, learning more about these projects and to support the work that FDR does, visit www.detroitriver.org or call (734) 288-3889.