The Alger Conservation District is replacing four culverts and controlling invasive purple loosestrife in watersheds of Marquette and Alger Counties. The goal is to replacing the four culverts is restoring fish passage to 15 stream miles and reducing sedimentation in the Whitefish, Michigamme, Chocolay and Au Train River watersheds. Purple loosestrife control is reducing the density of this invasive plant by 75% on 14 acres in the Rock, Au Train, Whetstone, and Anna River watersheds. In addition, the project is training at least 16 college interns in connectivity assessment, stream restoration, and invasive species detection and control. It is also promoting sustained control of purple loosestrife and other aquatic invasives by educating and involving landowners in maintenance control on their property.
Whitefish River, Michigamme, Chocolay, Laughing Whitefish, Rock, Whetstone Creek and Au Train Rivers in Alger and Marquette Counties, MI