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Happenings on Syers Creek & the Little Manistee River Watershed

October 22, 2015

 

If you happen to run across Syers Creek, tucked away in Lake County, you'll find a high quality coldwater stream with great habitat for brook trout and mottled sculpin. Follow this Little Manistee River tributary far enough upstream however, and you may find a dry streambed caused by a sand berm dam. Created to provide vehicle access to adjacent private lands, the 120' long and 6' high berm restricts movement of aquatic species, increases sedimentation and elevates water temperatures.

Our technical team including Nate Winkler and Kira Davis worked closely with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians this fall to complete initial site surveys at the dam. Removal of this barrier will not only return the natural flow to the creek, wetland areas will also be reclaimed from underneath the  unnaturally high lake. As we experience more severe weather events, these wetlands are critical buffers that help manage additional runoff.

Our staff is also placing instream habitat on the Little Manistee River mainstem upstream of 9 Mile Bridge (Skocelas Road), right in the heart of the Huron-Manistee National Forest. The Michigan DNR's Heavy Equipment Crew lent a hand, or bucket rather, pitching in with machines and operators to place the instream habitat. Operator Keith Lounsbery got a crash course in creative wood placement from the project design team at Inter-Fluve.

We'll be continuing work in the "off season" raising funds to free up Syers Creek. Don't miss out on the action - become a CRA member to support practical conservation.


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Funders - Thank you for your support!

  • Jim Gillhespy
  • Great Lakes Council of the Federation of Flyfishers
  • International Federation of Flyfishers
  • Kalamazoo Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited
  • Little Manistee River Watershed Conservation Council
  • Michigan DNR
  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – Sustain Our Great Lakes Program
  • River Care™
  • Trout Unlimited
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Forest Service

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