Rapid River Road/Stream Crossing Restoration Project
Kalkaska Soil & Water Conservation District
Basin Program Funds:
The sediment being introduced at the 6 road-stream crossing sites and 1 access
site covers naturally occurring cobble on the river's bed, which reduces aquatic
insect habitat, causes shallowing of the stream, and increased water temperatures.
Sediment is being introduced at these crossing by two avenues: Narrow culverts
and lack of controlled drainage.
The goal of the Rapid River Road/Steam Crossing Restoration Project is to reduce
sediment and associated pollutants at 6 road stream crossings and 1 public access
site on the Rapid River in Kalkaska County, Michigan.
The Rapid River is the final river in the Elk River Watershed
requiring treatment. The river flows in a northwesterly direction into Torch
River, which ultimately empties into the Grand Traverse Bay through a series
In a recent inventory conducted by the Kalkaska Soil and Water
Conservation District (KSWCD), the 6 road-stream crossing and 1 access site
were determined to be delivering sediment to the Rapid River at a rate of
485 cubic yards per year.
The KSWCD, cooperating with the Kalkaska County Road Commission and the Rugg
Pond Natural Area Association, completed repair of 6 road/stream crossings and
access sites. The repair of these sites virtually eliminates sediment loading
to the Rapid River from these roads, thereby saving 425 tons per year of sediment
from entering the river.
KWSCD, along with the Road Commission, will be conducting maintenance
inspections annually of the road/stream crossing projects. In addition, the
Soil Conservation Service will be monitoring the sites 3 times per year. The
Rugg Pond Natural Area Association will maintain the access site.