Little Manistee Watershed Conservation Council to hold annual meeting Saturday

MANISTEE COUNTY — More than 100 people from Michigan and the nation are expected to attend the annual meeting of the Little Manistee Watershed Conservation Council from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Skinner Park, near Irons.

The meeting is open to the public and attendees will learn about the development of a first-ever watershed plan for the storied Little Manistee River.

Participants will also learn about erosion sites, the status of a dam removal project, volunteer projects involving river protection and habitat restoration.

In addition to private and public riparian owners, including the National Forest Service, the river attracts thousands who fish for resident Brook or Brown Trout and migrating Pacific Salmon and Steelhead, enjoy the river by kayak or canoe, or visit the DNR’s weir and egg-taking station that supplies hatcheries in the Great Lakes basin with fertilized Steelhead Trout and Chinook Salmon eggs.

There will be a special presentation by Jack Bails, a nationally respected fisheries and water quality expert and Senior Policy Fellow with Public Sector Consultants.

Bails will present the process, purpose and schedule for developing the State and Federally approved watershed plan.

Public Sector Consultants were selected by a Watershed Planning Committee to coordinate and guide completion of the plan, just as they have done for the Greater Bear (Bear Lake and Bear Creek) watershed plan and the Portage Lake Forever Watershed Plan.

A fund has been established at the Manistee County Community Foundation to accept charitable donations to complete the watershed plan. Donations can be made online at www.manisteefoundation.org.

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