Soil Erosion and Sediment Control on White River Tributaries in Newaygo County
Newaygo Soil and Water Conservation District
Basin Program Funds:
Severely eroding sites at road stream crossings are depositing sediment into
perennial tributaries of the White River. The Muskegon Chapter of Trout Unlimited
has identified eight sites within the watershed where trout habitat is being
impaired due to soil erosion.
The goal of the soil erosion and sediment control project is to develop cost-effective
erosion control solutions to stabilize severely eroding areas at road and
stream intersections on tributaries of the White River.
It is proposed that 8 of 11 problem sites identified in Newaygo
County will be corrected. All 8 sites along the tributaries of the White River
are within the natural rivers system and are designated trout streams. The restoration
of these sites will utilize biological methods to restore desirable riparian
landscapes and will incorporate soil stabilization techniques with consideration
for shade, habitat, and the welfare of site users. This project will implement
erosion control solutions and develop standard drawings of the control solutions
to assist in future efforts on similar problem sites.
The Newaygo Soil and Water Conservation District has experienced initial difficulties
in implementing their eight streambank stabilization projects because of the
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality permitting process. The permit
was received and work began in December 1997. In addition, the number of sites
has been reduced from 8 to 4, due to changes in sites 1 through 4, and an increase
in the cost of materials. The project is scheduled to be completed by September
To date, several preliminary engineering phases and documentation efforts
have been completed. These include numerous site inspections, site drawings,
and photographic documentation as well as engaging in regular contact with
the landowners and participating agencies.
Contact: Laurie Gracik, (616) 924-2420