Archive | Conservation Projects

We are involved in a great variety of activities throughout the year, including stream improvement projects in the Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Grand River watersheds, as well as financial grants for projects on other Michigan streams; conservation, fly fishing, and fly tying education; Michigan Youth Trout Camp; grants for graduate-level fisheries research; fishing outings and trips; and roadside cleanup. Recent on-stream projects include macro invertebrate and quality monitoring of Spring Brook, Silver Creek, Rice Creek, Sand Creek, Huff Creek, and—with Portage 6th graders—Portage Creek, and various habitat improvements on Dowagiac River, Spring Brook, Rice Creek, Coe Creek, Augusta Creek, Dickinson Creek, Sand Creek, Silver Creek, and Manistee River— Deward section.

Rice Creek Restoration Project

  Kalamazoo Valley Chapter Trout Unlimited (KVCTU) and Michigan Trout Unlimited (MITU) recently announced the receipt of a grant from Kalamazoo River Community Recreational Foundation to continue the study, evaluation, and rehabilitation of Rice Creek that runs through Ketchum Park in Marshall.  Ketchum Park was developed on the site of a grist mill that was […]

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Augusta Creek Beaver Dam Removal

On a Saturday, late in October, a small crew from the Kalamazoo Valley Chapter Trout Unlimited (KVCTU) removed a major portion of a beaver dam on the Augusta Creek that was impounding several acres of riparian and agricultural land along the creek.  Augusta Creek is classified as a marginal coldwater stream, i.e. often too hot […]

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Cedar Creek Ribbon Cutting

In early 2016, the Barry Conservation District was awarded a grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to replace two problematic culverts on Cedar Creek with a single-span timber bridge in order to improve stream function and fish passage. Thanks to the Barry County Road Commission and our other great partners,  the bridge is […]

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