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EGLE grant helps restore stream in Traverse City

Downstream view of Kids Creek culvert

A grant from EGLE helped The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay complete stream restoration on a tributary of Kids Creek in Traverse City.

Tributary A of Kids Creek crossed under the emergency room entrance for Munson Hospital through two round, metal culverts. The culverts were replaced with a natural or open bottom bridge.

The culverts were undersized, restricted the creek water flow, and contributed to flooding and erosion. The culverts also limited fish passage. Replacing the culverts with the natural bottom bridge alleviated these problems.

Kids Creek and its tributaries are designated trout streams. Steelhead and salmon (from West Grand Traverse Bay) also swim up the creek to spawn. Kids Creek is on EGLE's Impaired Waters List due to sediment pollution and due to unnatural alterations (culverts) of the creek from human development.

The culvert replacement was a part of a larger Watershed Center green infrastructure and stream restoration project awarded a $600,000 EGLE Nonpoint Source program grant. Munson Medical also provided matching funds for a percentage of the project. The project also funded flood plain restoration, stormwater detention, City ordinance improvements, and public education.

The goal of EGLE's Nonpoint Source Program is to reduce impacts from stormwater and improve surface water quality. The Watershed Center has completed many other green infrastructure and stream restoration projects in the Kids Creek watershed. Sarah U'ren, Program Director for the Watershed Center appreciates the collaboration with EGLE and others. "We value our partnership with Munson on all the work on their campus to help restore Kids Creek and we're very appreciative of all the funding from EGLE-NPS and EPA GLRI for our work on Kids Creek!"

To learn more about EGLE's Nonpoint Source Program projects visit our website.  To learn more about the work on Kids Creek visit The Watershed Center website.

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