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Empowering Local Communities to Improve Water Quality

September 17, 2008

CRA and partners have been working hard to deliver new technology that will make sharing information and stimulating public involvement much eaiser.

With a primary purpose of including six new rivers (Bear Creek, Big Sable, Manistee, Pere Marquette, Carp, and Maple rivers) and updating existing watershed conditions and priorities to an exciting new prototype GIS Database: Evaluation of Erosion Control Best Management Practices (BMP’s) in Streams (Land Information Access Association - LIAA). Example content may be viewed at www.liaa.info/crabmp/.

The database is user-friendly and is an interactive and updateable tool for tracking sources of sediment input and other impacts to watersheds throughout northwest Michigan. Now for the first time, agencies, non-governmental organizations, and especially local people, can have real-time access to watershed information at their fingertips.

The secondary purpose of this project is to empower local people to get involved in watershed management by providing public information technology through interactive web and CD databases. The database includes specific site information designed to be utilized for outreach, educational assistance, research, public knowledge, and to provide recommended treatments for problem sites.

Providing this information allows local people, groups, and specific audiences to engage and connect ideas to the efforts of other organizations to create more sustainable communities through interactive involvement in natural resource management. For 40 years, CRA and local partners have successfully completed hundreds of projects greatly reducing non-point source pollution from entering the Great Lakes and surrounding coastal watersheds.

The final purpose of this project is to help the River Care program continue to achieve it’s goal to maintain the ecological, social, and economic values of northwest Michigan watersheds through sound, scientific, professionally guided management. CRA believes that healthy communities need healthy watersheds, because so much of Michigan’s heritage and family lifestyles, are tied to rivers, lakes, fish, forests, and wildlife.

This project is needed to help provide the opportunities for local stewardship to improve coastal watersheds and water quality through participation, education, information, and technology, and help guide decision-making by partners from local interest groups, landowners, and agencies in each watershed.

Project Benefits:
• Strengthen partnerships
• Promotion of erosion control work to help attract continued support of river restoration work
• Natural resource education, outreach, and hands on experience
• Innovative tool for tracking erosion sites
• Effective project tracking and updateable database management
•User friendly tool, easily accessible for NGOs, agencies, and local “friends of” groups and communities
• Updated Inventories

Project Cost: $86,169*
Financial assistance provided, in part by:
Michigan Coastal Management Program, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Forest Foundation
Michigan Fly Fishing Club
Pine River Area Trout Unlimited
CRA’s River Care Fund
*over $20,000 of in-kind support was provided by volunteer and professional services

Partners involved:
MDEQ-MCMP, NOAA, NFF, Land Information Access Association-LIAA, CRA, Pere Marquette Watershed Council, Big Sable River Watershed Restoration Committee, Bear Creek Watershed Council, Little Manistee River Watershed Council, Pine River Area Trout Unlimited, Pine River Watershed Restoration Committee, Manistee River Partnership Task Force, Carp/Maple River Task Force, Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources-Fisheries Division, USFWS, USFS, Cheboygan River Watershed Partnership, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, USDA-NRCS, Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, Miller Van Winkle Trout Unlimited, Fin and Feather Club of Mason County, and the many volunteers



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