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How is a river reborn?
How is a river reborn? Well, one scoop of dirt at a time. Today, all that scooping added up. Just after dawn, the Boardman River flowed through a section of its historic channel for the first time since 1896. Big thanks to the Michigan DNR, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians, Grand Traverse Conservation District, AECOM, Michels and volunteers from the Adams Chapter of Trout Unlimited for spending the morning relocating fish that remained in the former channel.
Old State Rd Update
A major milestone was reached as the bridge beams were set on Chestonia Bridge on Old State Road. Construction crews will wrap up the final phase of work with Old State Road slated to reopen by July 1, 2017. CRA is also excited to share two new grant awards to support our work on the Jordan River including $20,000 from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation and $10,000 from the Oleson Foundation. These funds support Chestonia Bridge efforts and the replacement of Cokirs Creek crossing, adjacent to Chestonia Bridge.
Lake Kathleen Dam Removal Kick-off
CRA and the Holton family welcomed an extraordinary group of partners at the Lake Kathleen Dam this month. The group heard from a wide variety of folks – all connected by a passion and determination to free the Maple River.

“I remember first coming out to this dam 17 years ago to talk removal – this project is a long time coming,” remarked Heather Rawlings, Fish and Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Lake Kathleen Dam is slated for removal in 2018 as part of CRA’s Free Span the Maple River initiative.
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.

Robinson Road Timber Bridge Celebration

Pellston, Michigan - Community members, partners, funders and the Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA) will gather to celebrate the new timber bridge on Robinson Road, marking another step forward on the Free Span the Maple Initiative’s goal for 100% stream connectivity – a rare and challenging opportunity. The celebration will take place on Friday, May 5, 2:00-3:00 pm on Robinson Road at the West Branch of the Maple River (location). All are welcome to join the celebration and RSVPs are requested to Bethany Bucklew at Bethany@rivercare.org or by calling 231-946-6817. 

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