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Changing Landscape on the Maple River

January 23, 2018
The Maple River is going through a dramatic evolution this year. CRA and partners are looking forward to the rebirth of nearly a mile of river with the removal of the Lake Kathleen Dam (top right). Plans are also underway to replace the Woodland Road crossing (middle right) 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.
 

Close the Gap

We are anticipating a May kick-off for construction and need to close $600K gap in the meantime. The total project cost for the dam and timber bridge is currently estimated at $2.7 million with $2.1 million committed to date. This is an all-hands-on-deck effort – every dollar counts! Please help us reach our Free Span the Maple River dream by joining us today.

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DEQ Permit Application

Spicer Group, the engineering firm leading the design process, will soon be submitting the DEQ Joint Permit Application for the dam removal. Stay tuned for a public information session and public hearing as part of the permit application process. A separate permit application will be submitted for the Woodland Road timber bridge, owned by Emmet County Road Commission.
 

Draft Environmental Assessment

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service recently announced the availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Lake Kathleen Dam removal, Woodland Road timber bridge and East Branch private two-track crossing. The Environmental Assessment is an important federal requirement that evaluates the environmental impacts of these projects. The assessment was prepared by Streamside Ecological Services. Public comments must be submitted by Friday, February 16.

View the Environmental Assessment


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