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Conservation Groups Team Up on Bridge Repair

October 30, 2007

The water quality of the Little Manistee River got a little better this fall with the completion of a paving project at the DeWitt’s Bridge crossing in Lake County’s Elk Township. Last year, the Great Lakes Commission’s Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Program awarded a $39,000 grant to the Little Manistee Watershed Conservation Council, who teamed up with Traverse City based Conservation Resource Alliance to help design and implement the project.

CRA and LMWCC approached the township for needed match dollars for the project, which added $15,000 in needed funding. An additional $5,000 was contributed by the LMWCC and CRA contributed $5,000 from its River Care funding program. The balance of the nearly $80,000 project was funded by the Lake County Road Commission in the form of labor and equipment.

Prior to the project, gravel road approaches and a bridge with no curb allowed sediment laden runoff to directly enter the river. Now, the site is paved, curb was installed on the bridge deck, and diversion outlets funnel road runoff to appropriate ditch areas. “The project is a big improvement over the previous condition”, said Dave McIntire, president of the LMWCC. “We have improved a site that was a maintenance problem for the road commission and improved the river at the same time”.
Established in 1968, CRA is a private, non-profit organization that coordinates sensible stewardship of the land throughout northwest Michigan. The Conservation Resource Alliance has coordinated river restoration projects for nearly 40 years throughout northwest Michigan. For more information about projects or how you can get involved, visit CRA’s web site at www.rivercare.org, or the Little Manistee Watershed Conservation Council at www.lmwcc.org.


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