Schrems West Michigan Chapter of Trout Unlimited reduced bank erosion and improved more than 2,500 feet of instream trout habitat in the Coldwater River. The project river reach was historically dredged and consisted of a straight, deep, wide channel with uniformly shallow water and little to no woody debris or other cover for fish. Habitat improvement structures were designed to emulate naturally occurring river debris, providing a deep pool with overhead cover. The structures were also designed to reduce bank erosion. Similar habitat improvement work completed in an upstream reach with the same channel morphology resulted in an increased trout population (from 40 to 870 fish/mile) and similar results are expected within the current project reach.
Coldwater River, Bowne Township, Kent County, MI