This project will replace two culverts on a channel that has been disconnected from the Maple River in Michigan since the 1800’s. Restoration of this historic connection into the Maple River will reduce flooding and erosion, provide high-quality habitat for fish, and ensure fish have access to safe cool-water habitat asimpacts water temperature. Species benefiting from this project include brook trout, lake sturgeon, and many other reptile, bird, mussel, fish and plant species in the area. The Maple River area is vulnerable to climate change and has experienced loss of both native fish and agricultural area due to flooding events. Restoring this channel will improve bank stabilization and preserve fish habitat. The Little River Band of Ottawa Indian Tribe will benefit substantially from the project through cultural restoration that includes the protection and expansion of existing indigenous Manoomin (wild rice) crop in the project area.
Project Quick Facts:
MI, Muskegon & Newaygo County
NFPP Project Funding
5 Stream Miles Reopened, 300 Acres reopened
Partner Project Lead
Muskegon River Watershed Assembly
The National Fish Passage Program: Leaders in Building Bridges and Fostering Connections
The National Fish Passage Program is a national leader connecting watersheds and people. The program has decades of experience implementing infrastructure projects with partners. Fish passage project proposals can be initiated by any individual, organization, government, or agency. However, proposals must be submitted and completed in cooperation with a Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office. (Please note thatprojects being used for federal or state compensatory mitigation or required by existing federal or state regulatory programs are not eligible for funding through the National Fish Passage Program.)
200 Million Dollar Investment in Rivers, Wildlife, and Communities
Clean free-flowing waterways are vital to wildlife, people, and ecosystems. But across the country, millions of barriers fragment rivers, block fish migration, and put communities at higher risk to flooding. The, signed in November 2021, included $200 million for restoring fish and wildlife passage by removing in-stream barriers and providing technical assistance under the National Fish Passage Program.