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Tamarack Trout Farm Restoration Project

June 27, 2014

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.

The project, located in Honor, is approximately 3 acres in size. Fill was graded and shaped to construct a stream channel and adjacent floodplain as well as fill the old ponds. The site now harmonizes with the surrounding wetlands. The project restored connectivity to the stream channel bringing this ice-cold brook trout stream back to life. We’re eager to watch this site continue to heal as native seed revegetates the land and the fish explore the new habitat.

Project Cost: $220,223

Contributors

Environmental Protection Agency – Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Adams Chapter of Trout Unlimited
Trout and Salmon Foundation

Partners        

Bob Lucas
Charles Brozofsky
AMEC Engineering and Infrastructure
MOLON Excavating
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Benzie County Road Commission
Michigan Department of Transportation

Below: Earthwork to restore the stream channel and fill old ponds.

Best Management Practices:

Replaced undersized culvert
Installation of sediment basin above project site
Construction of stream channel to mitigate  for disconnect
Installation of coarse wood in new channel providing for fish, wildlife, and macroinvertebrate habitat

Project Benefits:

Hydraulic connectivity restored through site accommodating movement of fish, macroinvertebrates,  fur bearing mammals, reptiles, and amphibians
Impounding of stream reduced
Reduction in sediment bed load

 


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