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Restoration & Recreation a Priority at Jordan River Bridge

February 14, 2014

Undersized culverts will be replaced with a bridge restoring natural flow and improving the health of the Jordan River.

"This site represents a major opportunity to mend the river while improving user safety and site aesthetics. That’s why I love my job – I get to be a part of these win-win projects,” reflected Biologist Kim Balke.

Locally known as Chestonia Bridge, Kim was talking about the dilapidated culverts and eroding streambanks where Old State Road (Antrim County) crosses the Jordan River. Two 16’ wide culverts sit next to eroding banks and worn access trails. The culverts cause unnatural stream changes and speed up the stream flow to the point where some fish and other aquatic species cannot get upstream. The crossing is also one of the most widely used informal canoe and kayak launches and recreational sites on the Jordan River.

Both the health of the river and making this a safe, accessible site for recreationists are top priorities. Through a generous grant from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation and funding through the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act, CRA and the Antrim County Road Commission are working to fix this site. Engineers are working to complete site surveys, soil borings and designs for replacing the culverts with a bridge. The bridge will span the Jordan River allowing the river to flow unrestricted. Partners including Antrim Conservation District, Friends of the Jordan River, Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, Michigan DEQ , Michigan DNR, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Jordan Township, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service have been brought in to make sure both conservation and community needs are met.

Partners are working through the winter on designs and fundraising. Efforts are underway to raise the nearly $1 million dollars needed for this site. Want to help? Become a CRA member to support projects like the Old State Road crossing that benefit the water and people of northern Michigan.


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