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Restoration of Riparian Areas in the Muskegon River Watershed

Duration: 2012 - 2015 Funded by: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Wege Foundation, Great Lakes Fishery Trust Partners: Muskegon Conservation District, Conservation Resource Alliance, Grand Valley State University-Annis Water Resources Institute, Huron Pines, and the Land Conservancy of West Michigan Project Goals: Reforestation of 440 acres of riparian land (land that borders rivers/streams) Restore 28,050 lineal feet (15 acres) of streambank...[ read more ]

Shorescaping Workshops

In 2010, the MRWA Education Committee decided on natural shoreline education for one of their focus areas. Four Committee members and one staff person were trained by the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership Train-the-Trainers program in spring 2011. The Education Committee's first workshop was held on November 5, 2011 at NCRESA in Fremont (Newaygo County). Nine homeowners and six landscapers participated...[ read more ]

Houghton Lake Wild Rice Project

The MRWA and Houghton Lake Lake Association (HLLA) partnered on this project to provide wild rice education, hold a wild rice collection day and support the Conservation Expo in Roscommon County. Funding for this project was from the Roscommon County Community Foundation, Wege Foundation, MRWA and HLLA. The Expo took place on September 13, 2008 where the MRWA distributed educational...[ read more ]

Houghton Lake E.coli Reduction Project (Upper Watershed)

Project Goals: Create a Steering Committee to give input and guidance Information and Education efforts including information signage on Houghton Lake, ordinance recommendation workshops for local government officials, presentations, and articles in newsletters and newspapers Retention area at one Houghton Lake Road End An Upper Muskegon River Watershed Management Plan including portion of Missaukee and Roscommon Counties. The plan will...[ read more ]

Higgins Lake Evaluation Project

Project Goals: Involve stakeholders in discussions to determine concerns with removing the Higgins Lake dam. Determine the extent to which the Cut River’s flow capacity is restricted by road crossings, culverts, or other structures. Estimate the original bottom elevation of Higgins Lake at the discharge into the Cut River (currently rock fill covers the area). Estimate Cut River flows and...[ read more ]

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Education Program in the Upper Watershed

In 2012, the MRWA partnered with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) in initiating an education program targeting aquatic invasive species in Roscommon County. The MRWA was able to purchase a power boat washer and hire coordinators to conduct the program. **2013 Activities** The power boat washer was purchased and received in March 2013. Shelby Eagan was hired as the coordinator...[ read more ]