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Mecum Road Timber Bridge Completed on Manistee North Branch

February 1, 2012

The Mecum road crossing consisted of five undersized culverts and was severely impounding water and backing up sand for ¾ mile upstream, in addition to drastically warming the water upstream of the crossing. Brook trout had been nearly extirpated from the stream stretch upstream of the crossing.

Surveys from 2002-2004 showed abundant brook trout, with some exceeding 12” in length. However, in a 2008 survey, only two brook trout were caught in the reach; the habitat had dramatically changed.

Mecum Road was considered the worst remaining crossing on the North Branch of the Manistee. The old structures were removed and replaced with a modern timber bridge, setting the stage for this important stretch of river to regain it's vitality and health.


Key funding for this project was provided by:

  • Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division
  • Great Lakes Fish & Wildlife Restoration Act Grant - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Great Lake Restoration Initiative
  • Elliott Donnelly Chapter of Trout Unlimited
  • Paul Young Chapter of Trout Unlimited
  • Sustain Our Great Lakes Grant administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
  • USDA – Conservation Innovation Grant
  • Conservation Resource Alliance River Care Program

 


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