Volunteer Road/Stream Crossing Inventory
Road/stream crossings can act as barriers to ecological process in aquatic ecosystems. These barriers affect upstream connectivity by blocking fish, wildlife, and aquatic life migrations. Improperly designed and/or placed culverts redirect channel flow and increase water velocities and may even cause flooding. Culverts tend to become blocked with debris and can lead to flooding and erosion problems.
As a result of grant funding received from the MiCorps program and matching funds from the Calhoun County Road Department, CCD will train an intern and volunteers to inventory road/stream crossings in four sub watersheds within Calhoun County to assess them for water quality, aquatic organism passage, road safety, and sediment/erosion issues. The data will then be prioritized for structure remediation to maximize the benefit to our natural resources and our community.
The 12th annual Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) conference featured presentations from around the state, regional experts, and Michigan DEQ and MiCorps staff covering both lake and stream topics of interest and success stories from monitoring efforts.
CCD's Brett Riser and Brooke Mainville presented their road/stream crossings inventory at the conference. Below is a .pdf of their presentation.