Restoring Fish Habitat and Enhancing Water Quality in the Au Gres River Watershed
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Au Gres River Watershed in Arenac, Iosco and Ogemaw counties

The Huron Pines Resource Conservation & Development Council will replace five road–stream crossings, install in-stream habitat structures, and implement conservation practices on agricultural lands in the Au Gres River Watershed. The project will reconnect 18 upstream miles, reduce sediment inputs by 100 tons annually, and improve habitat for brook trout, Lake Huron migratory fish, and other aquatic species. This work builds on the achievements of the Northern Saginaw Bay Restoration Initiative project and represents a next step in the larger effort to improve water quality, enhance wildlife habitat, and restore aquatic connectivity throughout the Northern Saginaw Bay region. Project activities include removing six fish passage barriers, working with agricultural producers to implement conservation practices on 500 acres of prioritized agricultural lands, installing instream habitat structures on 1,500 feet of stream, and planting native vegetation along 2,500 feet of riparian zone on priority stream reaches. These project activities will help to restore sections of the Au Gres River and East Branch Au Gres River that have been degraded by pollution inputs, aquatic organism barriers, and a lack of both instream habitat structure and healthy riparian vegetation.

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