Big Manistee, North Branch Project
Kalkaska Soil and Water Conservation District
Basin Program Funds:
A portion of the North Branch near the Big Manistee River is contributing an
excessive volume (116 tons) of sediment to the main stream, impairing water
The goal of the Big Manistee, North Branch Project is to eliminate annual sediment
loading in excess of 116 tons to the North Branch of the Big Manistee River.
This project will complement the Big Manistee Restoration Project, currently
in its fifth year with funding made available, in part, by the federal 319 program.
The reduction of sediment loading on the North Branch will be
accomplished by stabilizing 290 lineal feet of "high bank" gully erosion through
the use of toearmoring, bank terracing, and vegetative planting.
The Great Lakes Basin Program provided $10,000 to support the implementation
of these stabilizing techniques at two sites located 1/4 mile upstream from
the convergence of the North Branch with the main stream. These sites were chosen
due to their close proximity to the main stream and their excessive sediment
Two of the istes along the river have been armored with rock, terraced, and
seeded, and will receive shrubs in mid-October. Another two sites were treated
with whole tree revetment, terraced, and seeded, and will also receive shrubs
in October. The project addressed no agricultural sites, therefore no reductions
in nitrogen, phosphorous or potassium occurred. It is estimated that as a result
of the above stabilization techniques, approximately 116 tons of soil per year
will be saved from entering the North Branch of the Manistee River.
Contact: Russ LaRowe, District Manager, (616) 258-3307