Since 2003, The Watershed Center has brought more than $7 million to our region to implement our EPA-approved Grand Traverse Bay Watershed Protection Plan.
Our projects have prevented more than 16,320 tons of sediment, 9300 lbs of phosphorous and 14,940 lbs of nitrogen from entering the Grand Traverse Bay and its watershed.
We have accomplished this through:
- Improving four road crossings and 25 stream bank stabilization sites totaling 3,721 feet (including 200 ft on Grand Traverse Bay)
- Installing more than 5,800 square feet of pervious pavement
- Planting almost 19,000 square feet of riparian buffers
- Installing 7 oil/grit separators in Traverse City
- Establishing more than 4,400 cubic feet of rain gardens/bioretention basinsand 0.615 acres of wetland for stormwater treatment
The Watershed Center continues to identify sites and seek funding for protection and restoration activities consistent with the Grand Traverse Bay Watershed Protection Plan. Almost 95% of our grant-based project funding goes right back into the community, not only helping support our basic operations, but also facilitating green jobs and keeping our local economy moving.