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Notes from the Big Sable River

August 4, 2014
By Wayne Andersen, Big Sable Watershed Restoration Committee Chairman

The Big Sable Watershed Restoration Committee recently completed a significant instream habitat project on the Big Sable River. The completed large woody debris work in the river is very impressive. What impressed me most with this project was the cooperation of many people contributing to the success of the project and sharing their passion for the river.

From the initial planning to the completion of the last piece, everyone involved in the project cheerfully offered their time and expertise. Our committee, with input from CRA Biologist Chris Pierce and Michigan DNR Fisheries Biologist Mark Tonello, chose this section of river based on the favorable water temperature for trout and need for instream habitat for macroinvertebrates, trout, reptiles and other wildlife.

Working with the riparian landowners in this area of the river was very enjoyable. All were very willing and cooperative in providing access and wood required for the project. One parcel of property had three generations of the family involved in the project.

Shawn Kanouse of Kanouse Outdoor Restoration executed the work very well and were great to work with. They communicated very well with property owners, CRA Biologist Chris Pierce and the Big Sable Committee.

I admire the completed project for its value to the river and its inhabitants and all the people that contributed their time, money and expertise to the success of the project. Passion for the river is a very strong motivation for people.

Part of our work at CRA is restoring the natural flow and function of our rivers. Another part is collaborating with the many partners that cherish those very waters. This summer’s work on the Big Sable River embodied both elements of our mission.

We’re proud to report over 200 ft of whole tree revetments were placed on U.S. Forest Service property as well as 45 instream habitat structures between Darr Road and just below US-31. Survey work is underway for the next phase of habitat improvement work. Thank you Wayne and the Big Sable River Watershed Restoration Committee for all your hard work and dedication!


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