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Here Comes the Sun

After the wild ride that was April, it’s time to move full steam ahead on this year’s projects. We’ll soon see contractors back out on the former Boardman Dam and expect a contract to be awarded for the removal of Sabin Dam (pictured middle right) in mid-June.

Further to the north, we’re looking forward to the rebirth of nearly a mile of river with the removal of the Lake Kathleen Dam on the Maple River in Emmet County. Plans are also underway to replace the Woodland Road crossing with a free-span timber bridge as well as replace a private two-track crossing on the East Branch with a small free-span bridge. The contractor has been selected for this project and we are anticipating a kick-off for construction as soon as permits are in hand.

And last but certainly not least, we are moving forward with Syers Lake Dam removal. We are hoping to start the bidding process in July for an anticipated August construction launch.

And that’s not all! We have several other great projects happening this year including road/stream crossing projects in the Pere Marquette River Watershed and Betsie River Watershed as well as streambank stabilization work on Silver Creek, a tributary to the Pine River.

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Join us June 1 at Twisted Fish Gallery

Master artist Jerry Gates has spent his life studying the texture, shape, and composition of natural surroundings. Nature, which is the core of and inspiration for his work, is presented in highly realistic images of his favorite rivers and fields. Gates is also a major donor to CRA and we are proud to join Twisted Fish Art Gallery in Elk Rapids to honor him through the exhibit, “Earth, Wind, Water,” which will showcase his artistry. The exhibit runs from June 1 to June 24 with an opening reception to honor Gates and his work held June 1. Learn more at Earth, Wind, Water.

CRA’s Very Own River Hero

Please help us congratulate Kira Davis on her recent River Hero award! The River Network created the River Heroes Award in 2001 to recognize and celebrate individuals whose efforts to protect and restore their local rivers and waters have been extraordinary in scope, scale, impact and heart. River Heroes are nominated annually by their peers, selected by peers and celebrated at River Rally.

Big thanks to Kira for her ability to bring people together to solve water problems and going above and beyond the call of duty. The passion she brings each and every day to protect our water is truly extraordinary and an inspiration to us all.

Bon Voyage Casey

Casey Ressl, our Annual Gifts Coordinator since July of 2013, has moved on to a new position at TART Trails, Inc. as their Development Director. Never fear, CRA will still be holding our seedling give-a-ways, and Boathouse Wild Game and Wine Dinners. Please join us in wishing Casey and her family many blessings and well-wishes as they embark on their next chapter.

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