Lower Millecoquin River Stabilization Demonstration
Luce/West Mackinac Soil and Water Conservation District and the Hiawatha Sportsman Club
Basin Program Funds:
Streambank erosion has deposited over 1,400 tons of sediment into the Lower
Millecoquin River and is negatively impacting fish habitat, fish migration
(Sturgeon), and water quality. Immediately adjacent to the proposed restoration
site is an historical shipwreck that is also being negatively impacted by
the eroding soil.
The Lower Millecoquin River Stabilization project is a coordinated effort
between the Luce/West Mackinac Soil Conservation District, the Hiawatha Sportsman
Club and the Upper Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council.
The goal of the project is stabilize approximately 400 feet of eroding streambank
upstream from the mouth of the lower Millecoquin River and Lake Michigan thereby
improving river water quality and fish habitat. An unnamed 1800's buried shipwreck,
located adjacent to the demonstration site, will also benefit from the soil
erosion protection measures.
The Great Lakes Basin Program is spending $16,687 over a 24
month period to demonstrate the effective use of stabilization methods, including
structural and bioengineering techniques to stabilize the streambanks.
The Lower Millecoquin River Stabilization Demonstration Project stabilized
300 feet of eroding streambank using rock riprap. This streambank protection
measure has prevented approximately 1,400 tons of sediment per year from entering
the Millecoquin River and Lake Michigan. Other benefits include the protection
of a private road and an unnamed 1800's buried shipwreck.
More than twenty-five people from the Hiawatha Sportsman's
Club viewed the construction project. The demonstration project will be featured
at an upcoming Resource Conservation and Development meeting scheduled for
Contact: William Peters, (906) 341-8215