Ashland Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office
Diverse Partnership Continues to Improve Stream Habitat
in the Lake Superior Basin
BY TED KOEHLER, ASHLAND FWCO
Upper Peninsula. Credit: Superior Watershed Partnership
A perched culvert and an undersized culvert at the crossing of Menge Road blocked passage of brook trout and other native fish. The two culverts were both undersized, causing overtopping of the road and sedimentation to the stream during high flows. Those problems were brought to the attention of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Fish Passage Program by KBIC and the Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP). These and other partners working in the Lake Superior basin have identified obstacles to restoration of native brook trout including habitat fragmentation, population isolation, habitat loss or degradation, conflicting public interests and inadequate conservation planning or action. The initial group of partners agreed that action at Menge Creek Road would address and overcome all of these obstacles at this particular location.
trout and other fish on Menge Creek near Keweenaw Bay in Michigan's Upper
Peninsula. Credit: Superior Watershed Partnership
Project evaluations are in the process of being completed by SWP and KBIC. These will include stream hydrology, habitat composition, macroinvertebrate community health, and fish community assessment. Actions taken also implement key planning effort recommendations such as the Lake Superior Lake-wide Management Plan, and Fish Community Objectives for Lake Superior. Overall, the project is an excellent example of working together with a diverse group to make great things happen on-the-ground and in-the-water to benefit our fragile natural resources.