LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos supported two St. Joseph County projects in the Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) bill signed by the governor on Thursday.
The trust fund is supported by interest earned on funds generated from the development of state-owned mineral rights.
“Michigan’s Natural Resources Trust Fund invests constitutionally restricted funds into creating vibrant parks and recreational opportunities that make our state a better place to live, work and raise a family,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Two St. Joseph County projects for this year will give residents and tourists increased access to Michigan’s great outdoors opportunities — from connecting neighborhoods and parks to enjoying the serenity of the St. Joseph River.”
Senate Bill 76 authorizes the trust fund to support 27 acquisition projects and 87 development projects. Matching funds of $40.1 million bring the total investment to more than $87.7 million.
The bill uses $254,000 to extend the Three Rivers Health Trail. The trail would include parking on South Health Parkway and follow the Millard Road right-of-way north to Meyer Broadway Park in Fabius Township.
SB 76 also provides St. Joseph County $46,300 to develop an ADA accessible river trail route along the St. Joseph River. By installing two EZ Dock systems, with built-in features for individuals with disability and mobility challenges, the project would provide access to the St. Joseph River, increase its recreational use and create additional fishing opportunities.
“Both of these projects will create new recreation opportunities for area residents to better utilize our outstanding natural resources,” Proos said.
Editor’s note: Audio comments from Proos are available at www.SenatorJohnProos.com/audio.