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Beaver Island Stream Improved!

June 1, 2011

At a cost of $34,350, CRA's first ever infrastructure project completed on Beaver Island at the same time removed an iconic road/stream crossing and improved passage for fish travelling between Lake Michigan and the creek. The jasper-tinted creek emptying into Iron Ore Bay had for years been crossed by an inspired combination of culverts in varying sizes and structural integrity. With antidotal evidence pointing to the potential for coaster brook trout recruitment from upstream stretches of Iron Ore Creek to the big lake, the replacement of the only road crossing on the creek became a priority given that it crosses immediately adjacent to the mouth. A partnership between diverse groups resulted in the replacement of the existing structure with one more conducive to fish passage as well as having an aesthetic appeal which complements the dramatic beauty of the location.

Project Benefits:

 

  • Reconnect 1.5 miles of Iron Ore Creek to Lake Michigan
  • Restore fish passage both upstream & downstream
  • Ensure safe roadway for vehicle traffic
  • Reduce road maintenance requirements

Partners involved:

Conservation Resource Alliance, Grand Traverse Band
of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Charlevoix County Road Commission, Kalamazoo Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Charlevoix County Community Foundation


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