Reconnecting the North Branch of the White River
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Oceana County, Newfield Township, MI

The Oceana County Road Commission replaced a failing culvert with a timber bridge to improve connectivity and reduce sediment inputs along the North Branch of the White River. This work reconnected 8 miles to improve passage by brook trout and other aquatic organisms, and it will reduce sediment inputs by 43 tons per year. The project is part of a larger effort to address 12 failing road–stream crossings in the North Branch White River and the White Lake/Carlton and Mud Creek sub-watersheds. This culvert replacement is the last barrier removal project on the North Branch of the White River and is the final barrier along 24 miles of dedicated trout stream. The restored aquatic passage will allow aquatic species such as fish, amphibians, and other aquatic organisms unimpeded access to upstream habitat including spawning and nursery habitat. The project will also improve water temperature and quality through the reduction or elimination of impoundments, scouring, and sediments entering the river.

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