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Good Work Done Right on the Jordan River
Poorly constructed or failing road/stream crossings contribute unnatural amounts of sediment and often prevent fish and other aquatic species from moving upstream. Characteristics that define failing crossings include culverts or other structures that are too small for the water flow, poorly aligned, too short for the stream channel, perched or simply falling apart. Addressing “worst first” problems, CRA is replacing the most severely degraded crossings with bridges and modern structures to control runoff, restore fish passage and improve public safety. And that’s exactly what we did on the Jordan River
Old State Rd Update
A major milestone was reached as the bridge beams were set on Chestonia Bridge on Old State Road. Construction crews will wrap up the final phase of work with Old State Road slated to reopen by July 1, 2017. CRA is also excited to share two new grant awards to support our work on the Jordan River including $20,000 from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation and $10,000 from the Oleson Foundation. These funds support Chestonia Bridge efforts and the replacement of Cokirs Creek crossing, adjacent to Chestonia Bridge.
Spring Update on Chestonia Bridge on the Jordan River
CRA and partners kicked off the 2017 construction season in February with Chestonia Bridge on the Jordan River. The Antrim County Road Commission’s contractor began construction on Old State Road and hopes to wrap up mid-summer. Michigan DNR and partners also hosted a public open house in East Jordan to provide information and gather input regarding recreational access at the site.
Construction News and Open House for Chestonia Bridge on the Jordan River
CRA and partners are kicking off the 2017 construction season with Chestonia Bridge on the Jordan River. The Antrim County Road Commission will begin construction on Old State Rd on February 27. Michigan DNR is hosting a public open house on Monday, March 6 from 4-7pm at the East Jordan High School Community Auditorium (101 Maple Street, East Jordan, MI 49727) to provide information and gather input regarding the conceptual design of a recreational access at the Chestonia Bridge site.
Public Open House - Chestonia Bridge over Jordan River
East Jordan, Michigan – Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) is hosting a public open house on Monday, March 6, 2017 from 4-7 pm at the Community Auditorium of East Jordan High School at 101 Maple Street, East Jordan, MI 49727. MDNR staff will be on hand to provide information and gather input regarding the preliminary, conceptual design of a future recreational access at the Chestonia Bridge site where Old State Road crosses the Jordan River.
Construction Set for Chestonia Bridge on the Jordan River
Mancelona, Michigan - Chestonia Bridge over the Jordan River at Old State Road & Cokirs Creek Box Culvert Crossing to Begin! Antrim County Road Commission (ACRC) will begin construction of a new Chestonia Bridge on Old State Rd over the Jordan River on February 27, 2017. This project will require a portion of the road be closed to all traffic. A detour route will be signed. Traffic can expect to resume use of this portion of Old State Road in early July 2017, with the exact date to be posted on the ACRC website.
Jordan River HomeWaters – Fall Update
CRA is looking forward to construction of Chestonia Bridge on Old State Rd. This project has been in the works for several years and marks a major milestone in a free flowing Jordan River. The current double 16’ wide culverts that sit where Old State Road crosses the Jordan River are slated for removal next year.
Northern Michigan Watersheds Receive Big Boost from Michigan DNR Grants
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has approved six Aquatic Habitat Grant Program projects totaling $1.25 million. This is the third round of projects since the program began in 2014. It is funded annually by a portion of fishing and hunting license sales. Traverse City based Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA) has been awarded two of the grant awards from the current funding cycle, $430,000 for their Free Span the Maple River Initiative in Emmet County, and $200,000 for the Bridging the Jordan River Restoration Project in Antrim County.
Sustain Our Great Lakes Awards $5.7 Million in Grants

Sustain Our Great Lakes partners announced 20 projects selected to receive more than $5.7 million in grant funding for ecological restoration in the Great Lakes basin. With a focus on restoring coastal wetland habitat and improving the quality and connectivity of stream and riparian habitat, this investment will help protect, restore, and enhance the ecological integrity of the Great Lakes and surrounding region. Grant recipients will match the new funding with an additional $7 million, for a total on-the-ground impact of $12.7 million.

Some Like it Cold – Conserving Coldwater Habitat

From the big open water of our Great Lakes to the secluded creeks of our headwaters, we are lucky to have a vast array of freshwater habitats. Some fish like bass, whitefish and pike thrive in our big lakes. Others like our brook trout depend on our coldwater streams. Keeping these habitats in balance is critical for a diverse fishery.

The Big Three of 2015

This year, we have three multi-year initiatives in the spotlight with The Boardman: A River Reborn, Free Spanning the Maple River and the Jordan River Chestonia Bridge. These projects include a significant amount of fundraising, genuine partner collaboration and determination on the part of our staff and board to see them through. We are eager to see the next phases unfold on these remarkable journeys to free our waters.

Biological Surveys of Northwest Lower Peninsula Streams Now Available

Biological and physical habitat conditions of northwest Lower Peninsula streams in Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties were assessed by Michigan DEQ Surface Water Assessment Section staff.

Support for Jordan River Bridge

CRA is pleased to announce several big steps toward funding a bridge project over the Jordan River. Recent awards include $50,000 from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, $100,000 from the Frey Foundation and $150,000 from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.

Public Hearing Held to Discuss Plans for Proposed Jordan River Project
By 9&10 News

A proposed project would remove two culverts in the Jordan River, and replace them with a bridge. Developers say the culverts cause some problems with river flow in East Jordan.

Restoration & Recreation a Priority at Jordan River Bridge

“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.

Jordan River Electrical Weir & Salmon Weir

The Jordan River was designated the state’s first Natural River in 1972 and is a Blue Ribbon Trout Stream. On the lower river an electrical sea lamprey barrier was operated in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the agency charged with treating Michigan’s streams to prevent uncontrolled reproduction of sea lamprey. Unfortunately, the barrier began to fail after ten years of operation and required an estimated $250,000 in repairs to make it fully operational. As a result, the USFWS turned to chemical treatments (TFM) to reduce lamprey populations. Thus, the barrier remained an obstacle to some fish, and started to break down, no longer serving any practical purpose. Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division, agreed that its removal is in the best interest of the watershed. In fact, its removal is a management option identified in the Jordan River Assessment written by MDNRE Fisheries Division (Hay 2004).

Funding Benefits Local Rivers
By Marci Singer, Petoskey News-Review

The Conservation Resource Alliance was recently notified that a second phase of Conservation Innovation Grant funding has been awarded to extend habitat improvement work in Northwest Michigan.

Since 2006, conservation partners have been working on the first phase, a three year, $500,000 grant project that concentrates habitat improvement in the critical river and wildlife habitat corridors of Northwest Michigan, most notably the Jordan River, the Boyne River and the Maple River, among others.

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