The Calhoun Conservation District is replacing two road–stream crossings in the lower reaches of the Pigeon River watershed of southwestern Michigan. This project is working to reconnect upstream habitat with the Kalamazoo River system and provide improving passage for many fish species. At the two road–stream crossings, six undersized culverts are being replaced with two properly sized culverts. Rock ramps are being placed in the streams to assist with fish passage. This work is reconnecting the Pigeon River watershed with 200 downstream miles of Kalamazoo River main channel and tributaries, providing fish access to critical spawning habitat, and leading to healthier fish populations and aquatic habitat. In addition, this work will provide improved habitat for several Michigan species of special concern, including Blanding’s turtle, eastern box turtle, spotted turtle, eastern massasauga rattlesnake, elktoe mussel, and watercress snail.
Pigeon Creek watershed, a tributary of the Kalamazoo River in Calhoun County, MI