The Huron Pines Resource Conservation & Development Area Council, Inc. is working with private landowners and other partners to improve habitat, restore aquatic connectivity and improve water quality in the Saginaw Bay Area of Concern and other areas of the northern Saginaw Bay watershed. Huron Pines is coordinating efforts with resource professionals with a goal to: 1) reconnect 12 river miles for aquatic passage; 2) improve 2,500 instream feet of stream; 3) remove invasive species to restore 150 acres of wetland habitat; 4) reduce yearly sediment loading by at least 280 tons; 5) conduct site visits and forest/wildlife projects with 100 agriculture and forest landowners; 6) and install aquatic buffers along more than 1,250 stream feet. This work is taking place on the Rifle and AuGres rivers, along with adjacent small coastal drainages. It builds on efforts already underway with partners, such as Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Environmental Protection Agency and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and will help sustain the measurable improvement of water quality and wildlife habitat.
Northern Saginaw Bay watershed, MI