Date of Award

12-2009

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Geography

First Advisor

Dr. Chansheng He

Second Advisor

Dr. Kathleen Baker

Third Advisor

Dr. Gregory Veeck

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Abstract

There is an increase in the number of wetland restoration projects as the recognition of the value of wetland functions climbs. Unfortunately, these projects can be prohibitively expensive especially for single governmental organizations that are not dedicated to such projects.

This thesis examines the restoration of a historically drained wetland on a military installation where budget constraints limited funding to one third of the amount necessary to correctly complete the project. As a solution to this budget shortfall, this thesis project assembled a partnership to restore a wetland using a relatively low cost structure, with sharing cost, technology, and scientific expertise among the partners.

The partnership was successful in providing agreed upon technology and materials and monitoring data. While long term monitoring is continuing, this study demonstrates that partnership among multiple governmental and private stakeholders is key to ensure successful restoration and rehabilitation of wetlands in both the State of Michigan and beyond.

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