The River Raisin has had many names over time including “river of sturgeon” and “river of grapes” by Native Americans and French settlers.
The river was a backdrop to a significant battle in the War of 1812 as well as later in the development of industrial manufacturing and the creation of Michigan’s only port on Lake Erie.
The critical role in history and development also left environmental damage that contaminated the river.
The riverside communities embarked on an ambitious effort to clean up the river and create a healthier habitat for future generations. Recently they celebrated that ambitious effort in the recovery of the river with a new documentary.
The documentary details the extensive remediation cleanup work, habitat restoration and recreational enhancements that have taken place in the River Raisin over the past two decades.
The documentary showcases the efforts of volunteers, staff and key stakeholders to restore the ecology and natural beauty, as well as the cultural and recreational value of this regional asset including fishing, kayaking, wildlife viewing and more.