Lansing – Michigan officials have selected eight projects to share a combined $1.25 million in grants for restoring fish populations and improving aquatic ecosystems.

The Department of Natural Resources chose the winners from among 24 applicants.

Fisheries Division Chief Jim Dexter says degraded habitat threatens fish around the state.

The Aquatic Habitat Grant Program is funded by revenues from fishing and hunting license fees.

The biggest award went to Columbus Township in St. Clair County. It received $449,750 to rehabilitate over 2,000 feet of the Belle River for native mussels and anadromous fish, which are born in fresh water, spend most of their life in the sea and return to fresh water to spawn.

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