February 3, 2018
This is a second installment concerning the process/outcomes of the various work programs the LMWCC has initiated based on two surveys completed in 2015. These studies documented erosion sites along the Little Manistee River from Kings Hwy Bridge down to the weir and an in-stream fish habitat analysis also identified several sections of the river needing improvement. Some 82 erosion sites were identified and classified as either severe, moderate or minor (You can view this document at LMWCC.org). Based on those studies the LMWCC has undertaken efforts to eliminate the erosion on both public and privately owned sites as best we can by first taking action on the severe then working downward from there.
This past year the LMWCC completed work on no less than five (5) severe and two moderate erosion sites. The previous year (2016) we completed work on six (6) erosion sites. This coming year we have targeted four (4) of the five remaining privately held land severe erosion sites as well as the remaining six (6) state held land sites for remediation. There are 29 sites in federally held lands which we have notified the National Forest Service for their consideration on acting to eliminate or at least reduce the impact these sites have on the river. We have also completed a major (approximately 1 mile of river) fish habitat improvement woody debris project in the lower part of section 3 of the analysis, and assisted TU on a project they supported in section 2. In conjunction with Conservation Resource Alliance, we are initiating second major woody debris project. We are in a continuous process of notifying property owners of the various sites starting with the highest priority sites and working in cooperation with the owners to best address and remediate the problems.
The process works somewhat like this – We introduce ourselves via a letter and briefly describe what we think the problem is and give a brief description of the process we propose to follow to succeed in resolving it. The purpose of the letter is to first notify the property owner/s of the situation and secondly offering to meet them to conduct an in-depth analysis of what remediation actions would best serve to eliminate further deterioration at those sites and thirdly to receive their permission to proceed. All future work needing accomplishment would be prioritized and certainly nothing would be done without ownership cooperation and full approval. To date we have used only LMWCC funds to accomplish the tasks and do not anticipate individuals incurring any cost. The plan is to garner various grants and donations as we work our way through the list. This is envisioned as a multi-year program which we feel can only improve our already robust river. We look forward to working with all the various parties we anticipate meeting in completing the program.
Tim Phillips, President LMWCC
Site # 37/38
Status: done by Jim S
Work start-complete: 10/15
Site # 20
Evaluation: 10/15 & 1/18 no reply as yet
Site # 42
Notice/Acceptance: 10/15 & 12/17
NFS All 29 sites
Notice/Acceptance: 2/16 & 1/17 & 1/18 no response from NFS
Sites # 1/2/12/14/15/18
Notice/Acceptance: 9/16 – 9/16
Sites # 19/31/32/34/35/39/48/51
on hold to do 2019?
Sites # 10/13/16 – complete
Notice/Acceptance: 10/15 to CRA
Work start-complete: 9/16 - 10/16
Sites # 36/37 – complete
Notice/Acceptance: 10/15 to CRA
Work start-complete: 12/16 - 4/17
Sites # 21/22/23/24/25/26
Notice/Acceptance: 10/15- 10/15
Work start-complete: done 9/16 on 22/23 & done 21 9/17