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Forks Bridge Recognition Event

July 8, 2003

On Wednesday, July 23, at 11:00 a.m. the Pere Marquette River Restoration Committee is hosting a press conference at the Forks Bridge (Baldwin, MI) to recognize and thank the project partners who were responsible for completing the new timber bridge.

The Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA), Lake County Road Commission, Pleasant Plains Township, U.S. Forest Service, Lansing Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Pere Marquette Watershed Council, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality participated in the project and are all recognized on an engraved plaque mounted on the bridge guardrail. The bridge cost $200,000 in construction, materials and project management. Federal, local and private dollars from five different sources were combined to fund the timber bridge. The Lansing Chapter of Trout Unlimited donated $10,000 in remembrance of esteemed member, Colonel Ron Damon, and the Damon family will be at the event as well. The "Forks" name stems from the fact that the Little South Branch and Middle Branch meet at this location to form the Pere Marquette River. Jones' Ice Cream and refreshments will be served afterwards. Please RSVP if you can attend by July 21 to 231-946-6817 or crakim@chartermi.net.

The Forks Bridge is just one of 8 road/stream crossings completed in the Pere Marquette Watershed during 2000-2003 under a MDEQ Nonpoint Source Pollution Program federal grant for $373,646 awarded to the Conservation Resource Alliance. Outdated and failing road/stream crossings are often a major source of sediment to northwest Michigan's rivers, burying gravel beds, causing streams to become wide and shallow, and choking the small coldwater tributaries that feed our Blue Ribbon Trout streams like the Pere Marquette. Mason, Lake, Newaygo and Oceana County Road Commissions are all participating in the grant and providing local match to replace 8 bridges and culverts. All in all, a total of $655,000 will have been invested over the last 3 years in improving road/stream crossings on the tributaries of the Pere Marquette River.

Established in 1968, the Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining the natural beauty of our land and waterways in Northwest Michigan. CRA has had an especially active role in watershed restoration in the last 15 years, working throughout a 13 county region with local partners in streambank stabilization, road/stream crossing repair, fish and wildlife habitat, and erosion inventory. For CRA project updates check out our website at www.rivercare.org.


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