Proos applauds Dowagiac River project in NRTF’s 2016 recommendations

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Senator John Proos

Senator John Proos

LANSING, Mich. Sen. John Proos on Friday applauded the Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) board of trustees for including a Dowagiac River development project among its recommendations for 2016.

The trust fund is supported by interest earned on funds generated from the development of state-owned mineral rights.

“The purpose of Michigan’s Natural Resources Trust Fund is to invest constitutionally restricted funds into vibrant parks and recreational resources that make our state a better place to live, work and raise a family,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I am pleased that the 2016 recommendations include a project that would enhance access and outdoor opportunities for families and tourists along the largest cold water river system in Southwest Michigan.”

The NRTF board’s recommendations total nearly $28 million to support 26 acquisition projects and 44 development projects in 2016.

Included in the recommendations is a $277,500 grant to Cass County for developments to the Dodd Park Water Trail on the Dowagiac River.

The grant would be used to install new barrier-free, waterless restrooms and a camping area complete with two cabins, picnic grills and fire rings, along with accessible pathways. The development would also aid water trail users and other park visitors with trailhead signage, a Universal Design compliant kayak/canoe launch, a bridge and parking expansion.

The recommendations will go to the Legislature for review as part of the appropriations process next year.