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Iron Ore Creek to be Improved

June 9, 2009

Iron Ore Creek is a small creek on Beaver Island in Southern Peaine Township of Charlevoix County. This little cold water creek has a severe road/stream crossing problem site located near its outlet to Lake Michigan that blocks fish migration from Lake Michigan into the creek. A combination of four culverts ranging from 2’ to 6’ in width, comprise the crossing structure. The culverts are inadequately sized and their placement is poorly designed. Excessive erosion of the embankments and lack of fish passage are severe problems at the Iron Ore Creek site.

CRA will be working with the Charlevoix County Road Commission, the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Beaver Island Association, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and Grand Traverse Band of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians to replace the crossing with a structure more conducive to fish passage and erosion control. Site recommendations include installing a recessed, elliptical culvert 72” wide and up to 80’ long to properly accommodate the stream channel. This would open up fish passage to approximately 1.5 miles of Iron Ore Creek. Funding Assistance from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation will help complete this project.


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