MARQUETTE - The Superior Watershed Partnership announced the completion of three new restoration projects in the Salmon Trout River watershed in northern Marquette County.
These projects, along with two additional projects that will be completed later this year, were funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Fish Passage Program. The total grant to implement these projects was $220,000. The projects will restore more than 5 miles of stream habitat for native brook trout that has been fragmented by barriers created by road crossings, and prevent over 80 tons of sediment from reaching the river from unimproved roads.
The Salmon Trout River watershed covers a 49.5 square mile area and is home to the only known naturally reproducing population of the native coaster brook trout on Lake Superior's south shore. Over the last decade the SWP has installed over 20 restoration projects valued at over $2 million which have contributed to a 70 percent increase in the coaster brook trout population. Grant funds have controlled severe erosion on both public and private lands including the Marquette County Road Commission and multiple sites on Longyear Realty property.
A oader drives over one of the new culverts installed as part of the Superior Watershed Partnership’s Salmon Trout River projects. (Photo by Geri Grant)
For over a decade, the Superior Watershed Partnership has implemented over two dozen large-scale watershed restoration projects in the Salmon Trout River watershed.
The SWP's staff of biologists, planners, technicians and educators provide science-based solutions for a wide range of Great Lakes challenges facing communities and watersheds across the U.P.
For more information contact the SWP at 228-6095 or visit their website at www.superiorwatersheds.org.