The 4th Annual World Wetlands Day celebration tool place last month at Carlson High School in Gibraltar, Mich., and DTE Energy, and it’s Green Team, were a proud sponsor. This local observance of World Wetlands Day celebrates Michigan’s only “Wetland of International Importance,” which is Humbug Marsh. The marsh is the last mile of natural shoreline along the U.S. mainland portion of the Detroit River. It is part of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge and is located about one mile south of our Trenton Channel Power Plant.
Lynette Dowler, director, DTE’s Trenton Channel Power Plant, said educating students about the important role that wetlands play in the overall quality of the environment is important. “This part of the state was once home to some of the largest and most productive wetlands in the country. Much of that habitat was lost to development. The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge is working to reverse that and DTE is honored to partner in that effort.”
The local World Wetlands Day event reaches about 1,200 students each year and provides them with interactive activities, presentations and demonstrations, as well as a Wetlands Exposition with displays dedicated to wetland conservation. Students from Carlson, Shumate Middle School and other regional high schools participated in the event this year.