Proos applauds Dowagiac River project in NRTF’s 2016 recommendations

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.