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Monday, July 15, 2013 - Consumers Energy Foundation Donates $50,000 to Project


A view from the new creek bed looking toward Munson Medical Center. Below, Consumers Energy Foundation
President David G. Mengebier explains his company's appreciation for the evironmental project.

Consumers Energy Foundation Donates $50,000 to Project
Company officials endorse Kid’s Creek Project and its benefit for environment

Consumers Energy Foundation has donated $50,000 to Munson Medical Center’s Kid’s Creek Restoration Project as part of the utility’s commitment to the environment.

The project is a partnership between Munson Medical Center, The Watershed Center and the Grand Traverse Conservation District to restore the creek on Munson’s campus north of Sixth Street to a more natural state and remove it from the Michigan DEQ’s impaired waters list. Consumers Energy Foundation, the EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Program, Great Lakes Fishery Trust, and Rotary Charities of Traverse City all have contributed funding for this effort.

Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation President Desiree Worthington said the donation is significant not only in terms of dollars but also for its intent.

“Company officials have told us that they hope Munson’s project will inspire other communities in the state and beyond to daylight their creeks. They appreciate the positive impact this will have on the environment” she said. “We are thankful for their generosity and endorsement of Munson’s environmental stewardship and desire to be a good neighbor as we prepare the way for the Cowell Family Cancer Center.”

Consumers Energy officials recently visited the hospital to see the project first hand.

“Efforts such as the Kid’s Creek naturalization project show the community’s commitment to environmental stewardship,” said David G. Mengebier, president of the Consumers Energy Foundation and a senior vice president for Consumers Energy. “Our foundation is pleased to support this collaborative partnership which enhances public access and enjoyment of the creek and improves its fish habitat. Caring for the communities we serve is part of our Promise to Michigan, its citizens and our customers. This project helps reinforce that Promise.”

Munson Medical Center Vice President of Facilities Steve Tongue said the creek restoration project remains on schedule. Two new bridge spans have been installed on Sixth Street and Beaumont Place, the new river bed has been dug out, and many trees and shrubs are being planted along the future bed of the creek. Plans call for the creek to be diverted into the new river bed this fall.

“This construction is replacing 900 feet of underground culvert and channelized ditches with an above-ground meandering channel. We will also eliminate 73,000 square feet of paved area and establish a 27,000-square-foot floodplain,” Tongue said.

For more information on the Kid’s Creek Restoration Project, visit munsonhealthcare.org/kidscreek.