A major environmental restoration project is about to start at Veterans Memorial Park in Muskegon.

It will improve and expand wetlands, create a natural shoreline, and remove invasive species growing at the park. The end result this fall when the work concludes should be more natural fish and wildlife habitat and cleaner water in both the Muskegon River and Muskegon Lake.

"Turtles, frogs and other animals as well, it is something that will improve the fishery. There are fish in here now so we will be relocating those that are in here beginning on July 5th, so if people can come by on the 4th of July," said Kathy Evans, West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission. She also said guests will see the water drawing down in preparation for the fish and wildlife relocation.

Parking areas on the east side of the Causeway will close during the project. The two-point-three-million dollars restoration cost is being paid for with money from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

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