Restoring Habitat in the North Branch of the Clinton River
Grant Recipient:

Grant Awarded:

$34,519

Lake Basin(s):

Erie

Project Location(s):

North Branch of the Clinton River, a tributary of Lake St. Clair. Both barriers on the system were both located in Ray Township, of Macomb County, MI.

The Clinton River Watershed Council, with assistance from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Huron Clinton Metroparks and other partners, removed two dams on the North Branch of the Clinton River.  Both dams were barriers for resident and migratory fish, such as smallmouth bass, northern pike, and steelhead.  The removal of the dams restored connectivity to 93.5 stream miles and allowed fish access to some of the highest-quality habitat in the river. An in-stream habitat structure was also placed in the river.  The project involved conducting a geomorphic survey of the river, removing the two dams, and stabilizing the banks and river channel.  The dam removals addressed priorities in the Michigan DNR Fisheries Division Clinton River Management Plan, helped remedy Beneficial Use Impairments in the Clinton River Area of Concern, and benefited many fish and mussel species identified as Species of Greatest Conservation Need in the Michigan Wildlife Action Plan.

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