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DAM REMOVAL BENEFITS JORDAN RIVER RESTORATION

September 27, 2007

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN, September 27, 2007 – The Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA) will host a site showing and celebration of the recently completed removal of the dam located at the Green River Trout Farm in Antrim County. The Green River is an important cold water tributary to the Jordan River, one of Michigan’s premier trout streams and the State’s first designated Natural River. Fish passage into the Green River was blocked less than 1 mile upstream from the river’s confluence with the Jordan due to the 50-plus year old dam. Removal of the barrier will allow fish to migrate up and downstream. At the request of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, CRA coordinated the project with support from numerous partners and funders.

The project involved constructing functional fish passage in the stream in the form of a series of step pools that maintain upstream elevations while allowing sediments and fish to move more freely. Approximately 5 miles of the Green River has been opened to upstream migration of fish, and population fragmentation of resident trout
has been eliminated.

Work on the Green River Dam is part of a larger, ongoing restoration effort in the Jordan River watershed. Currently, CRA and the Friends of the Jordan River work cooperatively with agency partners, land conservancies, and other conservation groups to prioritize and implement improvement projects within the Jordan River system. The timber bridge constructed on Pinney Bridge Road over the Green River below the dam is a recent example of these efforts.

Total costs for the dam removal were $200,000 with funding provided by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, USDA’s Conservation Innovation Grant program, and CRA’s River Care Fund, which is made possible with contributions from individuals, private and corporate donors such as DTE Energy Foundation, the Oleson Foundation, the Frey Foundation, Charlevoix County Community Foundation, Michael Dow, Nestle Ice Mountain and the General Motors Foundation. Additional work is planned in 2008 as part of the broader Green River Restoration initiative.
The site showing and celebration will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday October 11, 2007 at the Green River Trout Farm, located approximately 7 miles north of Mancelona on the east side of M-66. Light refreshments will be served and all interested parties are invited. Please RSVP to the Conservation Resource Alliance at (231)946-6817.
Established in 1968, CRA is a private, non-profit organization that coordinates conservation projects throughout northwest Michigan. For more information, visit CRA’s web site at www.rivercare.org.


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