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Grants Awarded to Benefit Big Manistee

August 20, 2001

The Traverse City based Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA) was recently awarded two grants intended to improve water quality in the Big Manistee watershed. The funds will target erosion at road crossings and stream banks and will reduce sediment loading into important tributaries and main branches of the Pine River, Bear Creek, and the Big Manistee. The first grant was awarded through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality via the Clean Michigan Initiative (CMI) funding source. The total grant award was in the amount of $696,000. CRA must raise approximately $260,000 in local funds. These dollars are intended for construction projects targeting non-point sources of pollution, primarily sand and sediment entering streams from various sources. These sediments alter the channel of the stream and negatively impact water temperatures, wildlife habitat, and fish spawning. The second source of funding is the Michigan Department of Transportation's TEA 21 program, which provides funding for correcting stream crossings contributing sediments to rivers and streams. The total award from MDOT is $166,950, and CRA must raise an equivalent amount. Laura Kuehn, a biologist with CRA, is excited to begin the project. "Targeting sediment at road crossings is important work. Failing crossings are probably the worst culprits for sediment input in northern Michigan streams. Grants like this one help us to help road commissions fund necessary repairs that otherwise they could not afford." Additional funding, from the USFS Ten Percent Fund (TRTR), was awarded to the Bear Creek Watershed in the amount of $80,000 for road crossing repairs. The Conservation Resource Alliance is a private, non-profit conservation organization that coordinates watershed improvements throughout a thirteen county region in northwest lower Michigan. Work on both grant projects is scheduled to begin this fall.


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