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Taking Care of the Little Betsie

January 3, 2008

The Little Betsie River is the largest tributary to the Betsie River. Its water temperatures are typically colder than the mainstem, and much of it flows through public land which helps to maintain its heavily vegetated corridor. The Little Betsie is a haven for brown trout, salmon and steelhead in that it provides spawning habitat, and escape cover during extreme temperatures in the winter and summer months. The main problems with it include corroded culverts and bridges at road stream crossings, a small dam near the confluence with the Betsie mainstem, and sand bedload. Two of the problems were solved when CRA worked with the Benzie County Road Commission to replace old, undersized culverts with bottomless corrugated arch culverts at two sites on Bentley Road. Landowners were concerned when large plumes of sand moved through the new structures but we must realize that the former 5¡¦ wide culverts acted like dams on the Little Betsie, preventing natural sand movement along the 20ft. wide channel. It was also natural for the large pools at the outlets to fill in because there were no longer small culverts to cause the water to rush through, scouring out deep holes. Approximately $300,000 in MDOT, CMI funds and Road Commission match were spent over 2 years to do the sites.


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