Leaving It Better Than We Found It

TV 9&10 reports on Consumers Energy Foundation donation to Munson Medical Center’s Kids Creek Project in Traverse City.

Another page was added this week to the environmental stewardship story at Consumers Energy. The Consumers Energy Foundation donated $50,000 to the Munson Medical Center’s Kid’s Creek Project in Traverse City.

The effort will help restore a creek in the northern portion of Munson Medical Center’s Grand Traverse area campus, with the ultimate goal of removing it from the state’s impaired water list. The project brings together numerous groups, including the Grand Traverse Conservation District, The Watershed Center, and the EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Program. VIDEO NEWS REPORT >

Through the donation, the Consumers Energy Foundation is continuing a series of recent company efforts to give back to the environment, and specifically, Michigan waterways.

Those efforts include the 2012 development of a system at the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant that helps increase fish reproduction, while improving quality of life.

Munson Medical Center is undertaking the creek restoration project as it prepares to construct the Cowell Family Cancer Center.

Trees and shrubs are already being planted along what will soon be a new river bed. Plans call for the creek to be diverted to the new location this fall.

David Mengebier, President of the Consumers Energy Foundation and a senior vice president, said the commitment demonstrates the company’s dedication to environmental stewardship.

“Our foundation is pleased to support this collaborative partnership which enhances public access and enjoyment of the creek and improves its fish habitat,” said Mengebier. “Caring for the communities we serve is part of our Promise to Michigan, its citizens and our customers.”