The Alger Watershed Restoration Education Project reduced nonpoint source pollution from road runoff at eight major sources dispersed throughout the county. They promoted watershed protection and management by helping communities address long-term priorities. The watershed management approach resulted in four replacement culverts, eight catch basins, new pavement, restored buffers, native vegetation, trees and grading changes which will directly protect and restore the cold water fisheries habitat by eliminating major sources of impairment. The project effectively promotes watershed protection through extensive partnerships, providing cost share to fund local priorities and providing communities with useful tools for making sustainable land use decisions, such as the road stream crossing inventory, human impact study, and particularly the creation of a GIS based analysis of environmentally sensitive areas through the Functional Riparian Zone Study and Landscape Level Functional Wetland Assessment.
Alger River watershed, Upper Peninsula, MI