Huron Pines Resource Conservation and Development Council and partners improved water quality and in-stream habitat connectivity by replacing 10 problematic road/stream crossings in the Thunder Bay River watershed. The selected crossings are being replaced with larger bottomless or embedded structures to better allow natural stream dynamics and passage by aquatic organisms. Additional project work includes hardening crossing approaches, installing diversion outlets, and re-vegetating all disturbed areas to reduce sediment inputs. This work is reducing sediment loading to the river by 113 tons per year and restored fish passage to 145 stream miles.
Thunder Bay River watershed in portions of Presque Isle, Montmorency, Oscoda, Alcona and Alpena counties of MI