Completed Projects

A living history of past projects since 1996



Planted 250 trees and shrubs, ground cover, and perennial grasses at erosion control site completed last year and a few earlier sites



CRA completed the “channelization” project on the Ghillespy property with grant monies ($65,000 from USFWS) and a $10,000 contribution from LMWCC

Completed remediation of 10 stream-bank erosion sites (#10, 13, 16, 20, 35-37, 42, 53-54).

Began planning for the removal of the dam on Syers Creek. CRA soliciting funding for the project. LMWCC committed $10,000.



Completed the “Little Manistee Land Owners Association” project using matching funds ($1750 – up to $5000 approved) for completion of the project.

Refurbished the structures at Driftwood Valley Campground by adding brush.

Installed access steps at Johnson Bridge utilizing the Jorgensen family gift of $10,000.

Continued the development of a Watershed Management Plan — Invested a combined $44,000 with Manistee County Community Fund.

Completed an inventory of LMWCC equipment and secured a storage locker for said equipment.

Trout Unlimited completed the follow-up electro-shocking survey of the river.



Little Manistee Land Owners Association — fish habitat project site chosen — to be completed below the weir

CRA channel restoration project funded in part by a $65,000 grant from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

CRA bank erosion survey completed

TU habitat study and fish population survey completed



Conservation Resource Alliance was awarded a $65,000 grant by the USFWS to undertake  a channel restoration project on the little Manistee River. CRA has completed a survey of the river to identify the most appropriate site for this work.

Approved Funding for a fish habitat survey from the King’s Highway to the Weir to be completed by a team from Michigan Trout Unlimited.

Completed the work at Indian Bridge.



Began work on Indian Bridge restoration and fish cover project.  Restored bank and added structure below the first access site, repaired the DNR access site (3rd access site) to solve problems at high water, and added a current deflector.

Syers Creek Restoration completed approximately 400′ upstream from confluence with the river. We received a $6,000 grant from Patagonia used a standard work agreement with the NFS enabling us to do work on federal property.



Completed permitting process for Syers Creek brook trout habitat restoration project.
Completed the Fox Bridge fish cover project.

Began permitting process for habitat restoration and fish cover project at Indian Bridge.

Placed LMWCC signs at major river crossings.

CRA completed a partial woody debris and bank erosion survey and submitted a grant request to fund a $155,000 River Channel Restoration Project.



In March the USFS decided to cease maintenance of the two remaining sand traps on the Little Manistee River thus releasing the LMWCC from its share of the maintenance costs.
Continued the Fox Bridge fish cover project.

The Old Merrillville ORV bridge crossing was replaced.



Completed the Driftwood Valley Campground fish cover project.
Began fish cover project at Fox Bridge.

The remaining sand traps were decommissioned.

Three road crossing improvements were made: Frank Smith road over Manistee Creek, M-37 bridge, and 6 Mile Bridge



Remediated erosion sites below Johnson Bridge and a site
between Spencer Bridge and Old Grade Campground.

Rebuilt the canoe launch site at Bear Track Campground.

Installed 24 fish cover structures as part of the Driftwood Valley Campground project.

Discontinued the Wagley sand trap and restored the site to its natural state.



Contributed $5,000 for the re-paving of the approaches to DeWitt Bridge.
Completed the installation of forty fish cover structures on the East Branch of Twin Creek.

Installed 10 fish cover structures on 40’of the West Branch of Twin Creek.

Began fish cover project at Old Grade Campground.

Continued maintenance and excavation of the three sand traps.

Spencer Bridge and Hopper Junction sites remediated.

MDOT replaced the old Fox Bridge.



Completed four restoration projects and planted trees on stabilized sites.
Adopted a resolution limiting commercial use, tree cutting and removal of woody debris on the Little Manistee River.

Continued maintenance and excavation of the three sand traps.

24 fish cover structures installed in the vicinity of Bear Track Campground.

Applied to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for inclusion of the Little Manistee River in the Natural River Program.

A culvert over Butterfly Creek on 4 ½ Mile Rd was replaced and approaches paved to reduce sediment deposited into Brook Trout tributary. Funding by USFS, LMWCC, and DNR.



Completed a bank restoration terracing project in the vicinity of “Hopper Junction” below 9 Mile Bridge.
Continued maintenance and excavation of the three sand traps.

Began fish cover projects at Bear Track Campground.

Instituted “SWAT Team” to clear the waterway in an environmentally responsible manner.



325 seedlings planted at three sites identified with moderate erosion.
Continued maintenance and excavation of the Wagley, Cool Creek, and Old Grade sand traps.

Ordered identification signs for stream crossings.

Instituted an Adopt a Stream program — “River Steward Program.”



Conducted a woody debris inventory to determine the need for future structure projects for fish cover.
Pilot fish habitat projects undertaken including log jams, island units, and lunker structures on 1000 feet below Driftwood Valley Campground.

Conducted an inventory of 82 road crossing sites and their contribution to increased sediment and bank erosion.

Culverts were replaced at Stronach Creek/Hamilton Road crossing and Nelson Road and approaches were paved. Funding by a grant from MDOT.

Council created a web site that was updated and maintained starting in 2004.



A new stream bank erosion survey was completed.
Reached a settlement with a private developer whose non-permitted project resulted in severe sediment and erosion damage to areas previously restored by LMWCC.

With funding from LMWCC, Elk Township, USFS, and the Lake County Road Commission, the 10 Mile Road approaches to Poggensee Bridge were paved.



Free seedlings were provided to LMWCC members as part of the bank restoration program.
2,500 seedlings were planted on sites that had been restored the previous year.

The Philip B. Wagley sand trap was installed and funded by a private donation.

The Bear Track sand trap was excavated; to be monitored by USFS and excavated at the expense of LMWCC.



Completed 14 bank restoration projects.
Distributed 425 deciduous seedlings to members for bank habitat stabilization.

Conducted the first annual macro-invertebrate “Bug study.”

Initiated a $10,000 sand trap fund for a site below Old Grade Campground to be a joint LMWCC/USFS cost share project.



Completed 11 bank restoration projects using volunteers.
Distributed 1,000 coniferous seedlings and a variety of deciduous seedlings for stream bank planting at restored sites.

An ORV crossing was installed below King’s Highway funded by the DNR Forestry Division, a LMWRC member, to reduce sand deposits.

To promote environmental education, supported a field trip to the weir for local eighth graders to observe the salmon egg‐taking operation. This program evolved into Salmon-in-the-Classroom.

USFS completed a major 1,000 foot stream improvement project on Cool Creek to create fish habitat. LMWCC worked with Luther Village to create an “Emergency Action Plan”in the event of another dam failure (one occurring in 1986 another in 1992).



Rock rip-rapped and terraced 480 of eroded bank sites assisted by 38 volunteers.
Completed a whole tree revetment on an erosion site where rock delivery was impractical.

Distributed 3,600 coniferous seedlings provided by Global Releaf to members.

Conducted a “Bank Erosion Survey,”identifying 85 sites in need of remediation. Working with

the Little Manistee Watershed Restoration Committee, the approaches to Six Mile Bridge were paved and curbed to eliminate sand and sediment entering the river.


1997 — Restored 646 feet of banks with rock rip‐rap, terracing, and revegetation.

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