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Tag: Pere Marquette River
DNR Funding for Pere Marquette Watershed

CRA is excited to announce the final funding needed to restore and re-connect over 14 miles of degraded habitat on Sanborn Creek, a key tributary to the Pere Marquette River. Michigan DNR approved $95,000 towards the restoration of Sanborn Creek. By reconnecting habitat that has been fragmented for over 100 years, CRA and partners are eliminating warming caused by the impounded water and reconnecting natural floodplains. The DNR Aquatic Habitat Grant Program is funded annually by a portion of fishing and hunting license sales.

Momentum on the Pere Marquette
CRA is advancing its holistic approach to improving coldwater aquatic habitats in the Pere Marquette River Watershed with a series of four projects on Sanborn Creek. Supported by a generous $850,000 grant through the Sustain Our Great Lakes program, CRA and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are generating an immediate economic stimulus for this region through projects that will generate long-term ecological benefits.
Restoring Sanborn Creek and the Headwaters of the Pere Marquette River
The Pere Marquette River Restoration Committee and partners are working to connect all of Sanborn Creek, a major tributary to the Pere Marquette River. Complete stream connectivity means the critters that live in and near the creek can travel from the headwaters to the confluence without major obstructions, such as undersized culverts or dams. To reach this goal, the committee will be helping organize a range of activities.
Help prevent spread of invasive New Zealand mudsnail
Contact Michigan DNR: Seth Herbst, 517-284-5841 or Elyse Walter, 517-284-5839
In 2015 the Michigan departments of Environmental Quality and Natural Resources confirmed the presence of the invasive New Zealand mudsnail (Potamopyrgus antipodarum) in the Pere Marquette River near Baldwin, which is a popular destination for trout and salmon anglers.

New Zealand mudsnails are each only about 1/8 inch long and can be difficult to see. However, these snails can significantly change the aquatic habitats they live in by reaching extremely high densities. When that happens, they can out-compete native species that are important food sources for trout.
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.

Custer Weir Now Open

Custer Weir, just south of US 10,  once greeted visitors with no trespassing signs, tall fences and rusting equipment. It was a foreboding and potentially dangerous site. Now, as a result of two very special grants, CRA and partners removed the declining buildings and defunct lamprey barrier to create a new, inviting, all access site to the Pere Marquette River.

Pere Marquette River - Construction Notice

Partners are removing an outdated electrical sea lamprey barrier and constructing a recreational access site on the Pere Marquette in Custer, Michigan.

Please note that instream work will occur at this site immediately downstream of Custer Bridge on the Pere Marquette between the dates of July 28, 2014 and August 29, 2014. The site is on the Pere Marquette River mainstem just south of Custer where Custer Rd crosses the river ~1 mile south of US-10.

Pere Marquette Headwaters Improvements - Sanborn Creek RSX

CRA and partners are slated to replace two road/stream crossings (RSX) in the headwaters of the Pere Marquette in Lake County this summer. The first site is on Sanborn Creek and the second is a 1/2 mile down the road on a tributary to Sanborn Creek. Both of the 40th Street crossings are high on the priority list for restoration and combining them into one project saves significant time and money.

Fishing Platform Planned at Former Weir Site - Custer Weir
By Brian Mulherin, Daily News Staff Writer, Ludington Daily News

A new fishing platform is expected to be built on the former Custer lamprey weir site operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The platform, according to Kim Balke of the Conservation Resource Alliance will be universally accessible.

Pere Marquette and Pine River Road Crossings Improvement Project

In 2009, the US Forest Service awarded Conservation Resource Alliance and the Lake County Road Commission grants totaling $1,100,000 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. An additional $650,565 in match and grants was raised and led to the completion 8 stream restoration projects. The focus was replacing and improving road/stream crossings in Lake County in the Pere Marquette and Pine River watersheds.

Sweetwater Creek & Wingleton Road Timber Bridge Project

The Pere Marquette River is a state designated Natural River, a federally designated Wild and Scenic River, and a Blue Ribbon Trout Stream. Tributaries like Sweetwater Creek provide critical spawning and escape cover for fish, travel corridors for wildlife, and instream habitat for aquatic insects. Sweetwater Creek is approximately 1.5 miles long and this crossing project opens fish passage up to a half mile of it.

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