Conservation Resource Alliance
Call 231-946-6817


Tag: Platte River
The Big Picture in Benzie County

Since 2008, CRA and partners have poured efforts into the Betsie River, Platte River and Otter Creek. These watersheds course through large tracts of public land and are popular for just about every outdoor sport. Our approach for restoration work has been one of packaging multiple projects into larger phases of funding and labor. In doing so, we save capital resources and time while seeing real change on a watershed-wide scale.

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.

Next Chapter on the Betsie and Platte Rivers

The last six years have brought tremendous opportunities through the EPA to coordinate large scale restoration projects in Northern Michigan. The waters of Benzie County have been buzzing with activity since. We are currently in the third phase of work in the Betsie River Watershed and the Platte River Watershed with funding through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Sustain Our Great Lakes program. This phase includes the replacement of several severely degraded road/stream crossings as well as streambank stabilization and in-stream habitat work.

Brozofsky Creek & Platte Rd Crossing Replacement

The nonoperational Tamarack Trout Farm was among the top problems in the Platte River Watershed. A complex set of ownership and use patterns had resulted in a diversion of natural flow, excessive sedimentation, and degradation of the natural wetland and creeks. CRA and partners completed restoration of one of the road/stream crossings on Brozofsky Creek at Platte Road, just downstream of the former trout farm.

Tamarack Trout Farm Restoration Project

Since the 1960s, Brozofsky Creek, a tributary to Big Platte Lake in the Platte River Watershed, has been mired without a channel among stagnant ponds and filled wetlands at an obsolete trout farm. This summer, the water began to find its way again.

Northwest Michigan Stream Connectivity Report Released

In 2010, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service awarded Conservation Resource Alliance grants totaling $374,630 through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership. Ultimately, these on-the-ground community based projects opened up approximately 150 miles of habitat for native fish species and other aquatic organisms and restored more than 30 miles of instream habitat and 220 acres of riparian corridor habitat.

Home Covers Calling

Conservation Resource Alliance was recently highlighted in “Home Covers Calling,” a member spotlight in each issue the Ruffed Grouse Society quarterly magazine.

Restoration at the Heart of the Betsie and Platte Rivers

CRA recently received great news! We were awarded a grant through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Sustain Our Great Lakes program for work on the Betsie and Platte rivers to restore aquatic connectivity and improve in-stream habitat.

2013 Sustain Our Great Lakes Grants Announced
By Todd Hogrefe, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

The Sustain Our Great Lakes program announced $8.4 Million in grants for Great Lakes restoration. This public–private partnership is funding 29 projects enabling $16.2 million of on-the-ground impact in U.S. and Canada during the latest round of grant awards.

Platte River & Reynolds Road Bridge

The Platte River is a State designated Blue Ribbon Trout Stream, and includes 90.5 miles of stream and tributaries. The Reynolds  Road crossing on the Platte River mainstem was a severe site where the 4’ diameter culvert was exceptionally undersized. Now, a timber bridge fully spans the river and a realigned roadway provides safer conditions for drivers. 

Kinney Creek & Stanley Road Crossing Replacement

Kinney Creek is a tributary that flows mostly through forested State lands, and has pockets of gravel beds making the stream a haven for trout escape cover and spawning habitat. The Platte River Watershed has 98 road/stream crossings and site #I-17 is where Stanley Road crosses Kinney Creek. With the replacement of the aging, undersized 2’ diameter concrete and 1.5’ diameter corrugated culverts, a bottomless arch now spans Kinney Creek providing full passage of aquatic life and a natural stream bottom under the road. 

Platte Benefits from New Timber Bridge!

The Burnt Mill Road Crossing on the Platte River mainstem (site #PR-8) was a severe site that contributed sediment to the stream and altered the natural stream channel. CRA worked with partners to construct a beautiful timber bridge over the Platte River, reminiscent of the natural character of the wooded area and former mill and railroad site at Burnt Mill. Additional woody debris work will be completed downstream.

Stanley Creek & Hulbert Road Improvement

The Platte River is well known for its steelhead and Pacific salmon fishery. Site #SC-2 is where Stanley Creek, a high quality, first order Platte River tributary crosses Hulbert Road; this site was ranked severe with its steep, sandy eroding road approaches conveying sediment directly into the river during snowmelt and rain events. By partnering with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, and the Benzie County Road Commission, sufficient funding was secured in order to stabilize the approaches and include diversion outlets to channel runoff away from the stream.

 

Archives
2018
May (1)
2017
May (3)
June (2)
July (1)
2016
May (2)
June (2)
July (1)
2015
May (2)
June (1)
2014
May (3)
June (5)
July (5)
2013
May (1)
July (4)
2012
May (2)
2011
May (1)
June (4)
2010
June (2)
2009
May (3)
June (1)
2008
May (1)
June (1)
July (3)
2007
May (5)
July (3)
2006
June (2)
July (3)
2005
June (1)
July (5)
2004
May (2)
June (1)
2003
May (8)
June (4)
July (3)
2002
May (4)
June (2)
July (3)
2001
1999
June (1)

Become a CRA Member

Our partners and supporters, like you, are what really make a difference. Your support of our organization and projects are what make the biggest impact. We appreciate your investment. Together, we do great work. Thank you. 

E-Newsletter Sign-up

Sign up for our e-newsletter to keep current with news and other happenings at CRA!

Conservation Resource Alliance

Bayview Professional Centre
10850 Traverse Highway, Suite 1180
Traverse City, MI 49684
231-946-6817 info@rivercare.org

SIGN UP