Two Clare County Cedar River sites receive attention

May 16, 2019

Over the past twenty-five years, work has been underway to improve the health of the Cedar River watershed located in Gladwin, Clare and Roscommon counties.

Led by volunteers from Leon P. Martuch Chapter of Trout Unlimited (LPMTU), an inventory of road stream crossing sites was completed in the upper portion of the Cedar River Watershed.

This inventory identified issues related to sediment and fish passage.
These impacts can be detrimental to water quality and fish habitat. The inventory results can be found at
http://www.northernmichiganstreams.org/.

Two of the sites identified were located in Clare County on Athey and Stockwell Roads. In addition, the Cedar River Watershed Management Plan identified Stockwell Road as priority project needing attention.

Sediment reduction impacting the Cedar River has been the focus of many local groups including the Clare and Gladwin Conservation Districts, the Leon P. Martuch Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the Little Forks Conservancy and other local, state and federal agencies.

“Sediment is the result of moving soil particles from one place to another and occurs in all aspects of land use including agriculture, streambanks and road stream crossings which has been the focus of the Cedar River Watershed Steering Committee in recent years” commented Jim Hergott, Executive Director of the Saginaw Bay RC&D.

In 2018 in cooperation with the Clare County Road Commission work on the Athey and Stockell road stream crossings were completed to reduce sedimentation and improve fish passage for native brook trout as the upper portions of the Cedar River are one of the few quality trout waters left in the Saginaw Bay Watershed.

This work on Stockwell and Athey Roads will reduce sediment entering the river which will result in better fish habitat and allow easier passage by reducing velocity.

Funders of this project included US Fish and Wildlife Service Partners Program, Leon P. Martuch Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative (WIN), and Bay Area Community Foundation.
In addition, many hours were spent by local volunteers including Dan Provost, who passed away in 2017, to get this project completed. A dedication is being planned for later this summer.

To learn more about this and other project being worked on in the Cedar River Watershed including dam removal and streambank stabilization contact the Gladwin or Clare Conservation District or the Saginaw Bay RC&D at 989-450-0567 or saginawbay@aol.

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