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Good Work Done Right on the Jordan River

February 14, 2018

Poorly constructed or failing road/stream crossings contribute unnatural amounts of sediment and often prevent fish and other aquatic species from moving upstream. Characteristics that define failing crossings include culverts or other structures that are too small for the water flow, poorly aligned, too short for the stream channel, perched or simply falling apart. Addressing “worst first” problems, CRA is replacing the most severely degraded crossings with bridges and modern structures to control runoff, restore fish passage and improve public safety.

And that’s exactly what we did on the Jordan River. A full-span concrete bridge was completed on Old State Rd over the Jordan River last fall. The former twin culverts were significantly undersized for the Jordan River creating stream velocities that were a danger to paddlers and prevented the passage of some fish and aquatic species. With a new bridge that adequately spans the river and floodplain during high flows, stream velocities at the site have returned to a more normal speed. The new bridge is a significant upgrade in quality and prioritized safer conditions.

In addition, a concrete box was installed over the nearby Cokirs Creek in place of the existing snowmobile bridge. Replacing the Cokirs Creek crossing was paramount to improving recreational access at this site. The box culvert over Cokirs Creek provides a two-lane entrance to the improved recreational access site that is usable by various recreationists including paddlers, river guides and snowmobilers. Big thanks to the Michigan DNR for improving public access at this location.

Get all the details in the fact sheet and photo report below and be sure to watch our Jordan River HomeWaters video.

Chestonia Bridge Fact Sheet & Photo Report
Jordan River Watershed River Care™
 


Funders & Partners - Thank you for supporting this project!

Antrim County Conservation District
Antrim County Road Commission
Charlevoix County Community Foundation
Conservation Resource Alliance - River Care™ sponsored by DTE Energy Foundation, George Fund & ITC Holdings Corp.
Frey Foundation
Friends of the Jordan River
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians
Great Lakes Fishery Trust
Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation
Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation
J. A. Woollam Foundation
Michigan DEQ
Michigan DNR – Aquatic Habitat Fund
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – Sustain Our Great Lakes program
Natural Resources Conservation Service – EQIP program
Oleson Foundation
U.S. EPA - Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service – Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat program
 

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