A new road-stream crossing on McKeese Road just south of Peshawbestown is reducing stormwater pollution and sediment runoff into Belanger Creek.
Two undersized culverts at the Belanger Creek and McKeese Road crossing were replaced with an appropriately sized one. The undersized culverts caused fast moving water to scour the channel bed and alter its natural flow, thereby increasing erosion and sedimentation in the creek. Excessive sediment was negatively impacting the fish and aquatic insects living in the stream.
“Replacing the undersized culverts with an appropriately sized one allow the natural profile of Belanger Creek to continue unaltered as the creek crosses the road, which is good both for water quality and habitat,” said DJ Shook, fish, wildlife and soil conservationist with the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.
The project also improved stormwater collection to reduce the impact of stormwater runoff from the road and other surfaces on the creek, which prevent a significant number of pollutants from entering the Creek and Grand Traverse Bay.
Funding for the project was obtained by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and comes from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Natural Resource Conservation Service. The Watershed Center was a sub-recipient and provided technical assistance, education and outreach.