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Upper Manistee River Restoration Project Report Released

This report provides an overview of the Upper Manistee River Restoration project. Two overarching goals defined this project: Habitat restoration on the 1,720 acre Flowing Well Trout Farm property and replacement of the most severe, habitat degrading road/stream crossing on the Manistee River’s North Branch on Mecum Road. Located in rural Kalkaska County in northern Michigan, this project was completed over a five year period with the help of many dedicated partners and funders.

 

Removing Barriers

CRA emphasizes real, tangible results. We spend a lot of time in the field managing projects that have a clear impact on our land and water. When we sit down at the end of the year, it’s great to look back at the quality and quantity of work we were able to accomplish and 2014 did not disappoint.

Little Betsie & Nessen Road Timber Bridge

The Nessen road/stream crossing, site #B-12, was an aging concrete bottomless box structure approximately 7½ feet wide over the Little Betsie River. The extremely narrow width created an unnaturally large scour pool downstream and increased velocity flows at the outlet. In addition large amounts of gravel from the roadway were being inputted into the stream along with crumbling material from the structure itself. Through this project partners designed and completed the installation of a 14’ wide, 22’ span timber bridge that accommodates the natural stream channel and allows the natural movement of substrate, fish and wildlife. Paved approaches and spillways were incorporated to channel road runoff away from the stream as well.

Off the Beaten Path

A sizable portion of CRA’s work takes place on road’s less travelled. Our goal on these roads is keeping our rivers and streams flowing underneath them. We recently completed a small timber bridge on Bancroft Creek, a tributary to the Boardman River. Located on private land, this project is a great example of how to make land management decisions that benefit both the landowner and environment.

Fischer Insurance Agency

Understanding the needs of northern Michigan businesses, organizations and individuals is important for any insurance agency. Providing the excellent service, advice and the most appropriate coverage for every situation is a lofty goal to reach for. For the Fischer Insurance Agency, it’s about more than these high benchmarks of success.

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