# Project Organization Contact Status Amount
1992 Sucker River, Alger County, H-58 road crossing replacement and seasonal sea lamprey barrier construction project

This project will replace undersized, perched culverts at the H-58 road crossing over the Sucker River with a free span bridge to improve fish movement, stream health and connectivity while also continuing to control invasive sea lampreys with construction of a new seasonal sea lamprey barrier upstream in the watershed. This project will restore 20 miles of in-stream habitat year-round and an additional 115 miles of habitat seasonally

Board Decision Year: 2022
Great Lakes Fishery Commission (Ann Arbor) Hrodey, Peter ([email protected]) Active $200,000.00
1991 Beavertail Creek Restoration

This project will benefit brook trout and other aquatic species by reconnecting approximately 17

upstream miles of critical coldwater habitat in the Les Cheneaux Watershed by replacing three

undersized road/stream crossing structures on Beavertail Creek. These project locations were

identified as top priorities based on the comprehensive inventory of road/stream crossings


2022 GLFT Habitat Protection and Restoration: Targeted Lands and Capital Improvements Application 2

2022.1991,
Beavertail Creek Restoration completed in 2021 with Great Lakes Fishery Trust support. This work will restore a suite of natural river processes while improving local road infrastructure.

Board Decision Year: 2022
Huron Pines (Grayling) Nowakowski, Amy ([email protected]) Active $100,012.19
1990 Spanning the Headwaters of the Jordan River

With designs completed, state permits secured, and federal permitting underway, the “Spanning the Headwaters of the Jordan River Project” entails restoration of two severe culvert road/stream crossings, #WA-3 and #WA-5, on the Jordan River by constructing bankfull spanning bridges that provide full aquatic passage from 7 miles upstream to 16 miles downstream, halt the annual input 2022 GLFT Habitat Protection and Restoration: Targeted Lands and Capital Improvements Application 2 2022.1990, Spanning the Headwaters of the Jordan River of 10 tons of sediment from runoff, restore floodplain connectivity, and return natural stream morphology, water temperatures and velocities.

Board Decision Year: 2022
Conservation Resource Alliance - Grandview Plaza Building (Traverse City) Balke, Kimberly ([email protected]) Active $200,000.00
1976 Reconnecting the North Branch Boardman River at Broomhead Road

This project will construct a timber bridge replacing an undersized culvert connecting 30 miles of North Branch Boardman River to the 20 miles of the newly restored and connected Boardman River mainstem. A diverse fishery of brook trout, brown trout, and other nonsalmonid predatory species will have access to spring fed habitat types in the North Branch that are not found lower in system improving resiliency for cold water species and productivity for the fishery.

Board Decision Year: 2021
Conservation Resource Alliance - Grandview Plaza Building (Traverse City) Shook, DJ ([email protected]) Active $85,000.00
1972 Dowagiac River Riffle Restoration Project

This project on the Dowagiac River restores natural river processes and significantly benefits fisheries in the Great Lakes Basin. In the southeastern Lake Michigan Basin, there is no comparable cold water river system of this size with its rare high gradient habitat. The riffle and habitat boulders will provide grade control and long-term stability of the river profile, provide spawning material for fish, habitat for macroinvertebrates and slow water pockets for migrating fish to rest.

Board Decision Year: 2021
Niles City (Niles) Hamilton, Marcy ([email protected]) Active $100,000.00
1971 Restoration of Hydrological Function to the Dowagiac River

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (“Pokagon Band”) seeks to restore historic meanders to the Dowagiac River, which was dredged, straightened, and disconnected from its floodplain in the early 1900’s. Meanders restoration will increase the system’s resiliency, reduce turbidity, increase wetland acreage, and create more functional in-stream habitat. The restoration will benefit multiple species, including potamodromous fish, turtles, and waterfowl, and allow tribal citizens to fish from tribal properties for salmonid and non-salmonid migratory fish.

Board Decision Year: 2021
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (Dowagiac) Dueweke, Anne ([email protected]) Active $150,000.00
1970 Marshville Dam Removal

Stony Creek, a third order coldwater stream located in Oceana County, Michigan, is a tributary connected directly (with the exception of Marshville Dam) to Lake Michigan at the lake’s midpoint. The project goal is intended to ameliorate the negative effects of excess sediment bedload, an undersized road/stream crossing, and the presence of a small dam.

Board Decision Year: 2021
Conservation Resource Alliance - Grandview Plaza Building (Traverse City) Shook, DJ ([email protected]) Active $50,000.00
1913 Pere Marquette River Railroad Embankment Restoration Project

The Pere Marquette is a Blue Ribbon Trout Stream and a popular fishery for steelhead, salmon, brook and brown trout. The mainstem has a severely eroding streambank 350' long partially within a railroad right-of-way that has been continuously slumping the last 10 years. Conservation Resource Alliance, PM Watershed Council, PM Trout Unlimited and AECOM are in the final design phase working towards stabilizing this site with fieldstone, plantings, large wood habitat, and floodplain bench restoration.

Board Decision Year: 2020
Conservation Resource Alliance - Grandview Plaza Building (Traverse City) Balke, Kimberly ([email protected]) Active $100,000.00
1911 Little Manistee River Fish Cover Design

The proposed project is intended to restore habitat for aquatic biota, especially salmonid, in a reach of the Little Manistee River to a more natural, historic condition utilizing large wood and other natural materials. The proposed work is consistent with the work the Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA) has accomplished in its 50 year history in rivers of northwest Lower Michigan.

Board Decision Year: 2020
Conservation Resource Alliance - Grandview Plaza Building (Traverse City) Winkler, Nate ([email protected]) Completed -
1910 Optimizing Great Lakes salmonids and non-salmonid predator game species habitat on the mainstem of the Jordan River

CRA and partners, using tried and true decision policy tools, will design and permit the last two improperly sized and deteriorating road stream crossings on the mainstem of the Jordan River at Jordan River Road, sites #WA-3 and #WA-5, to build on past restoration successes and optimize habitat for a diverse community of aquatic life including naturally reproducing Great Lakes salmonids and non-salmonid predator game species.

Board Decision Year: 2020
Conservation Resource Alliance - Grandview Plaza Building (Traverse City) Balke, Kimberly ([email protected]) Completed $47,000.00
1909 Eastern Upper Peninsula Road/Stream Crossing Inventory and Aquatic Habitat Prioritization

Huron Pines will conduct a comprehensive inventory of road/stream crossings in the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan within the Lake Huron Basin. The project includes compiling past inventory data and conducting inventories at locations that have not previously been surveyed. Inventories will be prioritized by natural resource partners to identify future restoration projects that provide long-term habitat connectivity throughout these watersheds.

Board Decision Year: 2020
Huron Pines (Grayling) Nowakowski, Amy ([email protected]) Completed $37,698.16
1898 Days River Road/Stream Crossing Replacement Site DRT 01

The purpose of this project is the replacement of the existing 24" diameter culverts with 87" X 63" Aluminized Steel Pipe Arch Culverts at 2 locations on Days River Road. The proposed structures will provide natural stream beds, reduce velocities and result in improved passage for aquatic organisms and a reduction in sediment. An additional culvert under an abandoned trail will be removed contingent upon permission by the Property Owner (State of Michigan).

Board Decision Year: 2020
Delta County Road Commission (Escanaba) Roseman, Nancy ([email protected]) Completed $42,901.84
1870 North Branch Boardman River Connectivity and Subwatersheds Inventory Project

Following the largest dam removal project in Michigan’s history, which concluded in 2019 on the Boardman River, Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA) initiated road-stream crossing work in the headwaters of the North Branch Boardman River. CRA worked with partners to complete a design for a new bridge crossing and inventory of all crossings in the Boardman watershed and neighboring Grand Traverse Bay feeder streams of Mitchell, Acme, Yuba, and Tobeco Creeks.

Board Decision Year: 2019
Conservation Resource Alliance - Grandview Plaza Building (Traverse City) Shook, DJ ([email protected]) Completed $97,500.00
1869 Sand Creek Habitat Assessment Project

Sand Creek is a coldwater stream located in Michigan’s Ottawa and Kent Counties. It is designated as a trout stream by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) but has a history of impairments due to flow regime alterations and sedimentation. The Ottawa Conservation District conducted an inventory of all road-stream crossings in the Sand Creek watershed and a habitat assessment at key locations and identified areas of concern where future restoration efforts may be beneficial.

Board Decision Year: 2019
Ottawa Conservation District (Grand Haven) Jordan, Benjamin ([email protected]) Completed $14,655.42
1867 Healing the Bear: Engineering Alternatives for the Lake Street Dam

The Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council completed an engineering alternatives study for the lowermost barrier on the Bear River, the largest tributary to Little Traverse Bay. Potential alternatives for the Lake Street Dam were assessed and included complete or partial removal, modification, or no change. Project partners conducted community engagement efforts to solicit support, receive feedback on potential design alternatives, and highlight the connection between the Great Lakes fishery and coastal tributaries. The study will serve as the basis for prioritizing future management of the dam.

Board Decision Year: 2019
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (Petoskey) Buchanan, Jennifer ([email protected]) Completed $50,494.40
1864 Coldwater Conservation: Thunder Bay River Watershed

This project will benefit brook trout and other aquatic species by reconnecting 89.6 upstream miles of critical coldwater habitat in the upper Thunder Bay River Watershed by replacing five undersized road/stream crossing structures with timber bridges. These project locations were identified as top priorities based on the comprehensive inventory of road/stream crossings completed in 2018 with Great Lakes Fishery Trust support. This work restores a suite of natural river processes while improving local road infrastructure.

Board Decision Year: 2019
Huron Pines (Grayling) Leisen, Josh ([email protected]) Active $213,534.00
1805 The Pigeon River Trout Habitat Assessment Project

The Pigeon River is a coldwater stream located in Ottawa County, Michigan. This river has a history of fluctuating water quality due to sedimentation, nutrient loading, and hydrologic instability from drainage conditions. The Ottawa Conservation District inventoried 93 road-stream crossings and conducted stream habitat assessments and macroinvertebrate sampling on ten locations throughout the Pigeon River.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Ottawa Conservation District (Grand Haven) Jordan, Benjamin ([email protected]) Completed $14,546.30
1801 Restoring Lake Michigan's Globally Rare Ground-Fed Cold-water Streams

Conservation Resource Alliance expanded both its holistic approach to watershed management and its service area by completing a road-stream crossing inventory on the Lincoln River watershed. CRA also worked with project partners at the Mason-Lake Conservation District to stabilize the single largest streambank erosion site in the entire Pere Marquette watershed. CRA also restored complete connectivity to a Pere Marquette tributary, Blood Creek, an intact headwaters and wetland complex valued for its pristine aquatic habitat.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Conservation Resource Alliance (Traverse City ) Davis, Kira ([email protected]) Completed $100,500.00
1799 Beaumont Property, North Point Peninsula

The Nature Conservancy requests GLFT funding for fee acquisition of 1,384 acres on the North Point Peninsula near Alpena, including over four miles of Lake Huron coastline. In providing a unique opportunity to preserve and protect a rare mixture of ecological, economic, recreational and educational values in one project, this acquisition achieves the GLFT priorities of preserving essential habitat, particularly important fish habitats, with a possible opportunity to increase their availability to the public.

Board Decision Year: 2018
The Nature Conservancy - Protection (Lansing) Tuzinsky, Ricahrd ([email protected]) Active $100,000.00
1798 Reconnecting the North Branch of the Platte River

Reconnecting the North Branch of the Platte River is a comprehensive effort to replace outdated crossings at the prioritized sites of #PLT-P3, P5, P10 on the largest, high quality tributary to the Platte mainstem. Partners have completed site surveys and are well underway with design, proposing to build a timber bridge, bottomless arch and recessed culvert to ensure natural channel conditions and provide passage for all aquatic species at all life stages and stream flows.

Board Decision Year: 2018
Conservation Resource Alliance - Grandview Plaza Building (Traverse City) Balke, Kimberly ([email protected]) Completed $100,000.00
1792 Kids Creek Stream Corridor Restoration Project

This project will improve natural stream function and in-stream habitat on a 5,400-foot section of Kids Creek with the overall goal of removing it from the State of Michigan's Impaired Waters List. Project will install woody debris and riffle-pool enhancements, connect the stream to its floodplain, replace a culvert restricting hydrologic flow, and narrow the stream channel using natural, bioengineering techniques, all of which will benefit desirable macroinvertebrate species as well as Brook Trout populations.

Board Decision Year: 2019
The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay (Traverse City) U'Ren, Sarah ([email protected]) Completed $100,000.00
1741 Reconnecting Coldwater Habitat in Bigelow Creek

Trout Unlimited and partners restored aquatic organism passage and stream function at three road-stream crossings. The replacement crossings enhance and provide long-term protection for fish passage and habitat for salmonids and other coldwater species of the Lake Michigan basin. The completion of the 40th Street and Main Branch Bigelow Creek road-stream crossing, which utilized Great Lakes Fishery Trust funds, has reconnected over five miles of high-quality coldwater habitat in Bigelow Creek.

Board Decision Year: 2017
Trout Unlimited (Arlington ) Geist, Jeremy ([email protected]) Completed $70,000.00
1738 Boardman River-Dam Removal #3



As part of the largest dam removal effort in Michigan’s history, the third and final dam, Sabin Dam, has been removed on the Boardman River, a state-designated Natural River and Blue Ribbon trout stream emptying into Lake Michigan. The Boardman Dam Removal Project is a signature effort reconnecting 160 miles of prime fishery habitat by removing three dams and modifying a fourth to block invasives and provide bidirectional selective fish passage to the Great Lakes.

The project involved removal of the Sabin Dam, which represents one of the last major project milestones by completing the final critical step in restoring and reconnecting nearly five miles of high-quality riverine habitat and nearly 140 acres of associated wetland and upland habitats important for the natural function of ecosystem services to the watershed. Such benefits transcend localized improvements and bolster ecological functions operating within Grand Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan.



Board Decision Year: 2017
Natural Resources Department - Department of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Peshawbestown) Garavaglia, James ([email protected]) Completed $430,000.00
1661 Thunder Bay Watershed Resource Inventories

With funding support from the GLFT, Huron Pines completed a comprehensive road/stream crossing inventory as well as additional streambank erosion and invasive species inventories in the Thunder Bay Watershed. The data collected will help resource managers in the northeast Michigan make cost-effective decisions in locations that will generate the most impact. Road/stream crossing, streambank erosion, and invasive species inventory data have been uploaded to the publicly accessible website:  http://www.northernmichiganstreams.org/. Streambank erosion and invasive species data have also been uploaded to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network website: http://www.misin.msu.edu/. Huron Pines has secured additional funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, to restore five of the highest-priority sites in the watershed. In-kind labor and equipment commitments have also been secured from the Montmorency County Road Commission. It is ideal when additional restoration efforts are completed as a result of completed watershed inventories.

 

Board Decision Year: 2016
Huron Pines (Grayling) Leisen, Josh ([email protected]) Completed $35,442.00
1659 Reconnecting Blue Ribbon Trout Stream to tributary habitat - Au Gres River Watershed

Huron Pines improved five road-stream crossings on the upper East Branch Au Gres River Watershed, reconnecting 26.3 miles of upstream aquatic habitat and reducing sediment input by approximately 15.4 tons per year. The upper East Branch Au Gres River is a state-designated Blue-Ribbon Trout Stream with important spawning, forage, nursing, and refuge habitat for brook trout. The project also had a positive impact on other native species and introduced game fish such as brown trout, steelhead, and salmon. This project was completed with the help of, and in coordination with, the Iosco County Road Commission. The completed project builds on the efforts of Huron Pines to conserve and project Coldwater resources throughout Northeast Michigan, and within the Northern Saginaw Bay Region. The GLFT contributed approximately 32 percent of the project budget

Board Decision Year: 2016
Huron Pines (Grayling) Leisen, Josh ([email protected]) Completed $98,394.00