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For The Love of Trout By George A. Griffith Founder of Trout Unlimited
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In the state where Trout Unlimited was founded, Michigan TU will work to ensure clean, healthy streams and rivers supporting thriving populations of wild trout and salmon for future generations to enjoy.
CONTENTS 4 the Year in Review…
By Kimberly Wetton
MICHIGAN TROUT UNLIMITED
Chairperson: Kimberly Wetton Vice Chairman: David Smith Treasurer: Robb Smith Sr. Secretary: Mike Lagowski Executive Director: Dr. Bryan Burroughs Aquatic Biologist: Kristin Thomas Project Coordinator: Cari Sebright
Huron Pines Americorps Member
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Michigan TU Awards Keeping Tabs on Michigan’s Coldwater Streams
By Kristin Thomas
… changes coming soon …
By Dr. Bryan Burroughs
Michigan TU Strategic Plan Pigeon River Update
By Dave Smethurst
About our New Intern
By Cari Sebright
Conservation Chair: Tom Quail Finance Chair: David Smethurst Communications Chair: Ron Peckens Membership Chair: Aaron Rubel Education Chair: Mike Mouradian
MICHIGAN TROUT is the official publication of the Michigan Trout Unlimited. Copyright 2009. Issues are mailed to all members of Trout Unlimited Chapters throughout Michigan. Copies for free distribution are made available throughout the State at various locations. Send all editorial and advertising correspondence to the editor. Advertising rate card is available upon request. Michigan Trout and Michigan Trout Unlimited reserves the right to accept or reject proposed advertisements at their sole discretion. Trout Unlimited Chapter members should send all changes of address for subscriptions to Trout Unlimited, 1500 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 310, Arlington, Virginia 22209-2404.
The Conservation Corner
By Conservation Chair, Tom Quail
Chapter News from Around the State
On the Cover: Pine River Chapter River Keepers Fish Sampling Event August 2009
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director, Bryan Burroughs, continues to be the face of Michigan TU and takes the lead on our advocacy and conservation work. Over the last year Bryan has been very busy…leading our partnership with angler conservation groups and coordinating our joint comments on the proposed new trout regulations…acting as the governor appointed conservation representative on the Water Resource Alliance Committee…closely watching over and commenting on the merger of As TU wraps up the celebration of its the DNR and DEQ and other decisions in 50th anniversary, we have much to be Gov. Granholm’s Executive Order that proud of here in Michigan. might effect our cold water resources. With the addition of Kristin Thomas The growth of our team will enable and Cari Sebright, Michigan TU staff has Michigan TU to effectively tackle more grown to 3. We kicked off the River coldwater issues. Keepers program last year with our This Summer, Michigan TU joined Huron Pines AmeriCorps member Kristin the State’s litigation against Golden starting the program and working with 7 Lotus regarding the dam failure on the different chapters. Each group of chapter Pigeon River. We hope to ensure dam volunteers were trained and completed removal and restore natural flow to the different types of stream data collection. Pigeon River. We also filed an amicus Kristin has completed her AmeriCorps brief in the Anglers of the Ausable case, term, and is now a full time employee of trying to persuade the appellate court to Michigan TU. She will continue the grant the Anglers leave to appeal some River Keepers program and help us with important legal conservation decisions. many other items too. We selected Cari Financially, Michigan TU was Sebright as this year’s Huron Pines AmeriCorps member. Cari will assist us successful with grant writing efforts, and sending appeal letters to our membership with education and communication (both new efforts by the council). We development, and also help with River were also able to capitalize on the 50th Keepers. Of course, our executive
anniversary. These additional funding sources make a significant impact on our financial bottom line. The Michigan TU executive committee has been working on a new Strategic Plan with the help of Duncan Blair from TU National. It is completed except for the tactics which our committees and staff are currently working on. It is based on TU’s “protect, reconnect, restore and sustain” model and will help us prioritize our conservation efforts. This plan is the roadmap to get where we want to go over the next 5 years. Michigan TU is a grassroots organization that has accomplished much, but there is much more we could do for our coldwater resources. In late September we re-elected officers and appointed new committee chairs. Please let us know if you are interested in participating in any of these committees. We can use your help. Contacts for Michigan TU (email and phone numbers are on our website at ww.michigantu.org) TU has a great past, and bright future. It was interesting to reflect on the organizations’ history during the 50th anniversary. When the 75th anniversary rolls around, I wonder what issues will have changed and which ones will still be the same.
January 23, 2010 - Michigan TU Meeting Location: Demmer Center, Lansing April 10, 2010 - Michigan TU Meeting Location: RAM Center, Roscommon June 26, 2010 - Michigan TU Meeting Location: RAM Center, Roscommon September 25, 2010 - Michigan TU Meeting Location: RAM Center, Roscommon
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• Positive contributions to coldwater fisheries of the State of Michigan by a non-Trout Unlimited member. While often a resource professional such as a fisheries biologist, others i.e. politicians, Chapter of the Year The Michigan TU Chapter writers, etc. will be considered. of the Year Award is • Given the general criteria, inductees granted to the chapter will be selected on a case by case basis. which most closely This year we honored two reflects the ideals of Trout individuals: Robb Smith with his wife, Chrissy, receives MITU’s Order Unlimited. of the Caddis award from MITU’s Aaron Rubel. • Tim Cwalinski The awarded chapters Tim Cwalinski, MDNR Fisheries Order of the Caddis should be considered as a role model for Biologist for northeast Michigan, all Michigan TU chapters. Since this is an The Order of the Caddis (member of stationed in Gaylord. Tim received the annual award, it must be granted based on the year) is a “Hall of Fame” recognition award for his passion for fisheries the activities and achievement of the of MITU’s most effective, active, and management. He continually goes preceding calendar year' not for historic valued members, and is a lifetime honor. above the call of duty to ensure achievements. Because this is a MITU award, the fisheries in his area receive the inductee must have made significant This years award goes to the Fred attention they deserve. Tim works contributions to MITU, as part of an Waara Chapter. closely with the local Headwaters ongoing commitment to TU. Robb Smith Chapter of TU, and is a dedicated trout Order of the Grayling was presented with the Order of the angler himself. The Order of the Grayling recognizes Caddis at the MITU meeting at and marks the death of a Michigan Trout • Representative Rebekah Warren MacMullan Center on April 4th of this Unlimited member who in his or her own year. The following is a quotation taken Rebekah Warren is a state from a statement of support by Kimberley right was considered to be a valuable representative from Ann Arbor. She resource to the organization and Wetton, Chair of Michigan TU. “I think lead an enormous effort to help ensure Robb is probably the most respected guy coldwater fisheries of the state. This that Michigan’s water withdrawal law award is reserved for those individuals on the Council. His duties as Treasurer would be as protective as possible for whose impact was felt at a state-wide are huge and include: making sure our our coldwater resources. She helped financials are in order, IRS, state and any level. navigate difficult politics on this law, other reporting requirements are met, and spoke out passionately about the This year we honored two gentleman: writing checks (paying our bills), value of our coldwater resources and • Larry McEvers from the Two Heart balancing the budget, making sure the the need to protect them. Our current Chapter audit is done, handling donations law is far better off because of her hard (including about 200 from the end-of-thework and dedication to conservation. • George Featherston from the Challenge year appeal), and the list goes on and on. Chapter. Robb does an outstanding job of constantly reminding us to be budget conscious and has sent me back to get another quote a few times. Most
importantly though, Robb is a true leader, well respected, and he is constantly recruiting, networking and demonstrating strong Michigan TU and its efforts.” Many thanks, Robb, and congratulations.
Order of the Hexagenia The Order of the Hexagenia is an honorary group. Individuals recognized are inducted as lifetime members. Criteria
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The River Keepers Program was designed and piloted here in Michigan; however, we created this program with the idea that it will be available to TU chapters and councils across the nation. With this in mind, we are Over 100 Michigan Trout Unlimited volunteers from seven chapters have spent creating a “River Keepers Volunteer over 400 hours collecting important data that will help guide coldwater conservation Manual” that will Pine River chapter members sample fish on Coe Creek. and restoration in Michigan. These efforts walk chapters and councils through the are part of the new MITU River Keepers process of beginning volunteer stream monitoring program, with a wealth of highly productive partners a volunteer stream monitoring program. which provides methods for collecting We also have created narrated PowerPoint in conservation and in particular, stream water temperature, stream flow, stream restoration. Many of our watershed presentations for each type of data habitat, macroinvertebrate, and fish data. collection and for the program as a whole. councils and conservation districts (and the This program benefits Michigan Trout “RC&D’s) possess a high level of The manual and presentations will be Unlimited, the DNR and Michigan’s capacity, many fulltime technical staff, and coldwater streams. Below you will find an available to help Trout Unlimited chapters are very productive in performing stream and councils across the nation begin overview of the River Keepers program restoration projects. We are fortunate for stream monitoring programs. With over including the rationale for beginning the this, as performing stream restoration 150,000 volunteers Trout Unlimited has program, benefits and uses for the data, projects in Michigan has become the unique ability to monitor coldwater and how to get involved. Please read on administratively demanding (engineering streams across the country. and consider becoming a MITU River design requirements, grant subcontracting, Keeper. One of the important identities of etc.), at least for a volunteer-based Trout Unlimited is the hands-on stream organization such as TU. TU members restoration that our continue to contribute work-days and raise volunteer members funds for these projects. While these achieve. Through modes of involvement are critically the past decades this important, they do not allow TU has been a hallmark volunteers to guide restoration or fully of TU. Stream utilize TU’s greatest strength, our large restoration has been number of members. incredibly beneficial Fortunately, the new TU River to our rivers and Keepers volunteer stream monitoring streams, and has program offers TU members an ideal provided a critical opportunity to contribute in a hands-on means for TU volunteers to directly manner, while capitalizing on the greatest strength of TU, at a time when contribute to our governmental agencies need this type of mission in a assistance more than at any other time in meaningful and history. In addition, volunteer stream Headwaters Chapter members learn how to map river habitat valuable manner. MITU is blessed (Continued on page 7) on the Pigeon River.
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State. Therefore, they are limited in their ability to focus extensive data collection effort on any one particular stream or fishery.
success of our conservation efforts by helping us to determine which techniques work well and which could be improved upon. In 2009, with the aid of a TU Embrace-A-Stream grant, data collection protocols and training aids were developed; and each type of data collection was piloted by a chapter. The pilot projects were a great success, which means, it is time to expand the River Keepers Program. Our goal is to have every TU chapter in Michigan get involved with River Keepers in a way that meets the needs of their chapter and their DNR Fisheries Biologist. Monitoring efforts will vary depending on chapter and DNR needs; some may focus on monitoring one type of data on several streams while others may focus on monitoring several types of data on one stream.
Therefore, they are unable to focus on coldwater streams that are of interest to MITU. By working with the DNR to develop monitoring programs and Frank “Bob” Perrin Lansing Chapter members learn how to protocols they find acceptable, we can measure in-stream flow on Sycamore Creek in Lansing. supplement the data Keeping Tabs… (Continued from page 6) they gather through their status and trends program, and increase the information monitoring engages members, educates available about coldwater streams. them about coldwater resources, and Not only is data contributes needed information that is the foundation to achieving any component of collected through River Keepers our conservation mission. valuable to the DNR, With limited staff and time the DNR is it is also of great excited about partnering with MITU to value to MITU and increase available coldwater stream data. the individual The MDNR is responsible for monitoring chapters involved. the status and health of all waters of the The data will be used to create a list of priority projects for MITU and individual chapters, as a scientific basis for comments on policy issues, to track the status of Paul H. Young Chapter members pick macroinvertebrates our coldwater from samples as part of a sampling event on the upper streams, and to evaluate our Manistee. restoration projects. Scientific information that supports If your chapter is interested in prioritized projects will help MITU beginning a stream monitoring program leverage funds and steer restoration please contact MITU Aquatic Ecologist, projects of partner organizations. In Kristin Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org addition, identifying projects that are of or 616-460-0477). Kristin will be happy to the highest priority for a given watershed give an informational presentation to will help us get the most bang for our chapters that are interested in the River conservation buck. Long term monitoring Keepers program. If a chapter decides to of important coldwater streams will allow participate, she will also help set up a us to quickly identify and address program that meets chapter and DNR problems; additionally, having before and needs, and will train volunteers to collect after data at project sites will allow us to data. For more information on the MITU gage the success of our restoration River Keepers program go to Ron Peckens, Paul H. Young Chapter, projects. Measuring success will help www.michigantu.org and click on River samples benthic macroinvertebrates in leverage future funds and improve the Keepers Program under Michigan TU.
the Upper Manistee River.
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one category, rivers can have any regulations tailor-suited to the fisheries without being limited to those previously set by Types 5, 6, or 7. The details of each “Gear-Restricted” regulation would be listed out in a separate table. Michigan Trout Unlimited (MITU), along with fellow angler groups (Federation of Fly Fishers, Anglers of the Au Sable, MI River Guides Association, Au Sable Big Water Preservation Association and MI In 2000 the current set of regulations Anglers for Conservation) produced a for inland trout and salmon streams was letter in response to the MDNR’s enacted. Nine years later – its time for proposal to modify the inland trout some changes. One of the situations that stream regulations (available online). It highlighted the need for change was the highlighted concerns and points of discussion over appropriate regulations disagreement over the evaluation of for the lower Au Sable River’s “Trophy Type 2 regulations’ effectiveness; Waters” section. Background on that optimal minimum lengths for brown issue was provided in the Winter 2008 trout for ensuring sustainability of issue of Michigan Trout and can be read populations with uncertain harvest online at http://www.michigantu.org/ pressure; offered support for the index.php/conservation/54-resourceconsolidation of gear-restricted types; management. At the center of it was the and highlighted gaps in our limitation of not being able to put the knowledge of stream trout most appropriate regulation in place for management and this important fishery, because it wasn’t discrepancies in overall goals one of the seven established regulations for the management of categories. Michigan’s inland coldwater fisheries. In April 2009, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Following receipt of (MDNR) Fish Division released a report comments from the which detailed proposed changes to the conservation/angler existing regulations scheme (this report community, the MDNR and all other pertinent documents on this decided to delay most of the issue can be found online at the webpage proposals for modifications listed above). This report proposed until further deliberations several types of modifications to the could be arranged. However, existing regulations, including the the proposal to consolidate removal of Type 2 regulations (open last “gear-restricted” types Saturday in April through September 30, received widespread support all tackle allowed, 10” minimum on and will be enacted for the brook trout, 12” minimum for brown upcoming 2010 fishing season trout, 12” minim for rainbows). The (the actual regulations on report also called for the consolidation of these streams will remain Types 5, 6, and 7 into one category unchanged for 2010). The called “Gear-Restricted”. Within this
other proposed modifications, along with other topics pertinent to inland trout regulations are being reviewed and discussed thoroughly this year by the MDNR Fish Division staff and members of their Coldwater Regulations Advisory Committee (of which MITU is an invited participant). This process has already resulted in two very productive meetings. We believe this process could result in future recommendations that will both improve the utility of the regulations and make them easier to understand. Please visit our website to access additional information on these regulation issues. Also, we welcome your suggestions and input on this topic email us with your thoughts. We will continue to keep you updated on the evolution of this process; and as always – we will continue advocating for the best science-based management of our resources.
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How is the plan structured? Our mission statement internally keeps us focused on the mission and externally is used to succinctly and clearly explain to non-members what we do. Our vision statement inspires us to reach for a difficult goal. We have six broad goals, three that deal with conservation and three that deal with the health of our organization. For each goal, we have objectives within that goal and then more specific strategies and tactics to achieve each objectives.
habitat for wild coldwater fish.
greater than the sum of our parts.
Goal 2: Reconnect fish populations How will we use the strategic plan? and habitats by removing or minimizing Each of Michigan TU’s committees barriers to fish passage. will use the relevant portion of the Goal 3: Restore watersheds to strategic plan to guide their work over the year. Similarly, the Michigan TU support thriving fish populations. staff will use the strategic plan in their Organizational Goals: annual workplans and performance Goal 4: Build the capacity of the evaluations. We made the strategies Michigan council, chapters and and tactics as specific and measurable members to work together to achieve as possible to judge progress. We maximum long-term effectiveness. assigned responsibility to specific individuals or committees at each level Goal 5: Ensure consistent and of the strategic plan to encourage Mission statement: effective delivery of Michigan’s TU’s accountability. In addition, when new message to wide internal and external To conserve, protect and restore challenges or opportunities emerge Michigan’s coldwater fisheries and their audience. during the year (eg. a proposal for a watersheds. Goal 6: Develop stable funding to bottled water project, a dam removal achieve Michigan TU’s conservation Vision statement: opportunity or an offered partnership goals. with another organization), they will be In the state where Trout Unlimited Why do a strategic plan? judged against the strategic plan to was founded, Michigan TU will work to determine what level of resources ensure clean, healthy streams and rivers Like all organizations, we have Michigan TU will devote to it. The supporting thriving populations of wild limited resources and huge plan will be reviewed quarterly to assess trout and salmon for future generations opportunities and challenges. Our progress in each area, and the overall to enjoy. strategic plan allows us to focus our plan will be evaluated and altered every efforts on actions and issues that have Goals: two years. the greatest impact. It helps us align Conservation Goals: our efforts at all levels—members, Goal 1: Protect critical high-quality council, chapters and staff so we are
Goal 4: Build the capacity of Michigan TU, Chapters and Members to work together to achieve maximum long-term effectiveness. Goal 5: Ensure consistent and effective delivery of Michigan TU’s message to wide internal and external audience.
Goal 1: Protect critical high-quality habitat for wild coldwater fish.
Protect Reconnect Restore
Goal 3: Restore watersheds to support thriving fish populations
Goal 2: Reconnect fish populations and habitats by removing or minimizing barriers to fish passage
Goal 6: Develop stable funding to achieve Michigan TU’s conservation goals.
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In July Michigan TU celebrated TU’s 50th Anniversary on the banks of the Ausable River. It was a great day. Over 500 TU members from across the state attended this event. Attendees included DNR Director Rebecca Humphries, Representative Rebecca Warren, conservation partners, Art Neumann, most of the prior council chairs, and children of all ages.
Michigan TU would like to thank the countless dedicated volunteers that enthusiastically gave their time and talents to organize the Michigan Celebration and host the TU National Annual Meeting in Traverse City.
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This improves the water quality and reduces the oils and chemicals entering the river. We also toured the rain gardens in Grayling which are native The week kicked off with hosted perennial plants fishing. Michigan TU fishermen that remove storm volunteered to take our guests fishing water run-off and on various local rivers including the infiltrate it back Ausable, Manistee, Jordan, Betsie and into the Pere Marquette. A good deal was groundwater. The accomplished on these Northern gardens that have Michigan rivers that day – fishing stories, friendships, a little TU work and been adopted by local residents also Michigan TU Chair, Kimberly Wetton with Art Neumann (a a reminder of why we volunteer our founding member of TU) & Reinhilde Jaeschke time and what we are trying to protect. add some beautiful color to the I can’t think of a better way to start off a neighborhood. week of TU business. positive energy and memorable We ended our tour at the Grayling generosity. The most impressive The day of fishing was followed by Mill Pond where the DNR replaced the included 3 bamboo rods from Art a day touring local conservation dam with a rock structure creating more Neumann that raised $6,500. A successes. We started at Dair Creek mounted grayling from the Barbless which is a tributary of the Betsie River. natural habitat and restored fish passage. A partial draw down also Hook and George Griffith’s fishing hat Here we were able to see how a small significantly reduces the warming affect were purchased by TU board members dam removal, coupled with the road of the pond. Grayling now has a park and then donated back to Michigan TU, crossing upgraded from a culvert to a with a pond that is friendly for the trout where they will stay. bridge, reconnected 8 miles of cold and the residents. water and restored the original stream The 50th was a great success and Each evening included a hospitality something that Michigan TU can be channel. suite for networking and various proud of. This success is the result of From Dair Creek we went to the Michigan chapters teamed up and took numerous people and chapters that Mason Lodge on the banks of the volunteered their time, and a large AuSable River. Lunch was provided by turns hosting. The suite provided an informal place to gather after a long day number of donors. Without them this the Mershon Chapter, and included a of events, talk about TU and yes, even historic event would not be as presentation about Cedars of the tell a few fishing stories. Hosting memorable. A special thanks to Ausable. chapters showcased their Michigan everyone. On the bus drive between locations, success stories. we were educated on Michigan’s On Saturday evening, after the history and geology and their impact on week of business meetings wrapped up, our trout streams, as well as current Michigan TU was able to do some conservation issues. successful fundraising. We raised a net We also learned about the Grayling profit of about $20,000. This included storm water system and rain gardens items donated from various donors, that filter the storm drain waters before chapters and items from the Barbless they enter the Ausable river system. Hook. The evening was filled with TU leaders and staff from all across the nation gathered in Traverse City the week of August 17th to celebrate TU's 50th anniversary. As the hosting council, Michigan TU was able to network, showcase our conservation work and do some fundraising.
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The Pigeon River flows from a huge pile of sand known as Otsego County northward from just east of Gaylord to Mullett Lake. It is a spring creek, although we don’t usually use that term in Michigan. Ultimately, it becomes part of the Cheboygan River joining the Maple, Black and Sturgeon near the mouth. Although it has had native Americans on its banks, trappers exploring it’s tributaries for beaver, loggers taking pine trees to build cities, market hunters exterminating the passenger pigeon for food in those same cities, it’s angling goes back a little more than a century. After the logging laid bare the landscape, many tried to raise cattle, and later sheep, on “ranches”, just like Montana. But, the winters were colder, the soils more sandy and the ranches never made it as viable enterprises. Much of the land reverted to the State and a visionary named P.S. Lovejoy put them together in what he called “The Big Wild. Today, “the Big Wild” is known as the Pigeon River Country State Forest, with the Sturgeon, Black and Pigeon flowing its borders. Around the edge of “The Big Wild,” many of the ranches morphed into hunting and fishing clubs. Others saw an “up north” camp as an ideal retreat from business and acquired land and built camps or clubs. One such club was known as The Lansing Club owned by the Lansing Motor Wheel Corporation, which became part of General Motors. “Sports” would travel to the club and fish. From logging days, there was a
dam and it was converted into a hydroelectric dam to power lights and refrigeration. There were no power lines in the area at the time. Today that club is know as the Song of Morning Ranch and the dam, in its fourth version, is the source of litigation that Michigan Trout Unlimited has joined. The first dam blew out in the 1950’s
brought into the courtroom by the State of Michigan and Michigan TU joined the case, along with the Pigeon River Country Association, an group formed in the 1970’s to protect Love joys’ vision.. The dam was allowed to continue to operate under certain rules and the Judge warned that if it happened again, the dam would need to go. It happened again in the summer of 2008. Headwaters Chapter President John Walters, who lives nearby, was one of the first to see the water turn black - again. Walters said, “The Pigeon River was simply a thread of a stream, flowing in the riverbed and ran black as oil. Trout floated by belly up. The dam gates were again opened, this time by accident. According to a state investigation, this resulted in fine organic material being released downstream, along with severe increases and then decreases in water flow. This served to cause the loss of several hundred thousand trout downstream in the Pigeon River. The State of Michigan has taken Song of the Morning Ranch to court – again. Michigan Trout Unlimited is in the fray, along with the Pigeon River Country Association, both represented by a longtime advocate for the Pigeon River Country, attorney Pete Gustafson. Gustafson says, “The goal of TU and PRCA in this case is to have the dam removed to restore the river to is natural freeflowing state, which will enhance the cold water resource for miles
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and killed fish downriver. In the 1980’s, the dam needed repair and Song of Morning employees opened the gates, violating directions given by the DNR. The river turned black as decades of silt poured through the opening. Again, tens, if not hundreds of thousands of trout and other fish and invertebrates perished. Song of Morning Ranch was
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Roller on the lower part of the Manistee River. The two were fishing crankbaits for king salmon (a technique refined by Roller) when the monster brown trout was caught. The fish breaks the previous Michigan state record by several pounds, and surpasses the current world record brown trout by over a pound (previous record was 40 pounds 4 ounces, caught in Arkansas). Mr. Tom Healy of Rockford, MI, a Mr. Healy still has to submit documentation to the IGFA in order for longtime member of Trout Unlimited the world record to be official. (belonging to the local Schrems/West However, that shouldn’t be difficult Michigan Chapter of TU), landed a 41 because two MI DNR fish biologist pound 7.25 ounce brown trout on Wednesday September 9, 2009 from the were present to confirm the catch on Wednesday, validate the measurements, Big Manistee River. Tom was fishing and congratulate the angler. with longtime Michigan guide Tim
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This catch comes at a time when Great Lakes brown trout stocks (seeforellen strain) have been reported to be surviving poorly, aquatic invasive species have thrown the ecological stability of the lakes out of whack, and forage fish abundance are at all times lows. Yet despite all this, Lake Michigan and the Manistee River have produced another giant. There’s always hope and always reason to keep working hard to protect and conserve great coldwater fisheries. On behalf of Michigan Trout Unlimited, congratulations on your catch Tom! Your new world record shows the rest of the world a little more about the world class fishing we have here in Michigan. Michigan – the first brown trout in the country – the biggest brown trout in the world!
Chapter is committed to seeing the removal of the dam, so this catastrophe never happens again. We will continue to collect data on the river above and below the dam and share the information with the DNR – Fisheries Division. We look forward to a thriving wild trout population, again.” With the dam gone, the upper Pigeon can be reconnected with the rest of the river for the first time in a century. Although there are road crossing in the system that need examination, the mainstream will be free flowing, save for a few beaver dams. Trout Unlimited knows this is one of the keys to a healthy stream and trout population. Michigan Trout Unlimited has identified this issue of reconnection as a goal for trout streams throughout Michigan. TU members statewide should be proud as we work towards making sure this never happens – again.
river is starting to repopulate, but it will take years to have a thriving population downstream.” of trout. Slowly, the invertebrate Michigan TU Executive Director Dr. population is reestablishing itself as are Bryan Burroughs happens to be an other life forms that are critical to a expert in dam removal. Burroughs said, healthy steam. Nature has a remarkable “The removal of the dam would have a ability to heal itself over time. But to plethora of direct and indirect benefits to have the need to heal because of man’s the river; including improving almost 20 folly is no longer acceptable. miles of river downstream of the dam Headwaters Chapter members are from “good” trout habitat to “excellent” taking part in Michigan TU’s trout habitat because of colder water Riverkeepers program to gather data temperatures.” Burroughs is currently above and below the dam. Certainly, the assisting the litigants in evaluating river will change for the better, and there options for removing the dam permanently. The lawsuit is continuing, is a need to document these changes for the sake of science. John Walters says, but Bryan and Pete are hopeful that “We may need help from other Chapters negotiations between all parties may to gather this data early next spring.” provide an opportunity to resolve the Fortunately, the Headwaters Chapter, in issues short of trial. cooperation with the DNR, has had in As the second fall run of brown trout place for several years, temperature have spawned in the river, with at least loggers that provided strong information some successful spawning from about the negative warming effect of the surviving rainbows and brook trout, the shallow pond. Walters says, “Our
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Earlier this year, the Anglers of the Au Sable won a major victory in the State of Michigan Court system regarding oil and gas development, wastewater discharge and local permitting. The victory was costly when considering the elongated hearing process and the need for expertise in matters of hydrology. As Michigan wrestles with its economic woes a very significant argument is headed for the highest court in our State, the Michigan Supreme Court and Michigan Trout Unlimited will be there.
upstream of a pristine body of water called Lynn Lake. The root actions against the proposed clean-up were two-fold: (1) Opposition to the transfer of groundwater from one watershed into another in violation of the Michigan Environmental Protection Act (MEPA), and (2) The permitting process by which Merit Energy received permission from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for such a transfer.
was economically convenient even though 80% of the treated water was coming from the Manistee system according to experts.
While the plaintiffs won their arguments before the appellate court the trouble is that the ruling emphasized a very specific ruling from the Nestle case, while the Anglers and Michigan TU believe a broader interpretation of the law should have been used, one that would better protect our waters into the future. We are simply asking to clarify the rulings of the lower courts and rule The contamination problem was in favor of the broader protections of The Anglers of the Au Sable and co well known when the current operator, our natural resources. The case is now plaintiffs fought a proposed discharge Merit Energy, purchased the production in the hands of the Michigan Supreme of nearly 800 gallons per minute into field and this particular facility from Court as they now decide whether to the headwaters of the fabled Au Sable Shell Oil and Exploration. Provisions in River near Mancelona Road in southern accept the Anglers’ appeal or not. their sale acknowledged the need for a Otsego County. The discharge would future clean up due to a known plume of For more information please visit have been treated ground water from an contaminates including benzene that the Anglers of the Au Sable website at oil and gas central production facility were spreading south and west into www.AuSableAnglers.org. established in Section 22 of Hayes local drinking wells and the core of the Township, approximately one and three/ Manistee River Watershed. The facility tenths miles south and west of the where the cleanup would happen sits proposed discharge site. The atop a geological crest that separates the topography lent itself to the simple upper Manistee River system from Au placement of a pipeline running Sable River system. Dumping the downhill where an old creek bed lay treated effluent in the Au Sable system
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council in numerous aspects of its communications efforts. I graduated from Michigan State University in May of this year with a bachelor’s degree in science, majoring in Fisheries and Wildlife. Though I transferred from Kalamazoo Valley Community College in 2007, I made the most of my years at MSU by being an active member of MSU’s Fisheries and Wildlife Club and participating in various opportunities. Those opportunities ranged from duck banding with Michigan DNR Hi. My name is Cari Elizabeth biologists to the club’s biannual Red Sebright and I am excited to be the newest Cedar Clean Up. The Clean Up is the Huron Pines AmeriCorps member serving club’s valiant attempt to remove garbage with Michigan Trout Unlimited this year. from the river and banks of the Red Cedar This year my internship with MITU will River which flows through campus and to focus on three main types of work. First, raise awareness of the importance of I will assist in the coordination of all of caring for one of MSU’s most prized and our chapters participating in the River beautiful resources. Keepers data collection Program. Growing up in southwestern Secondly, I will be helping to develop a Michigan, I have been spoiled by the more diverse suite of educational plethora of Michigan’s natural resources programs for our TU chapters to to the point where, when I was child, it participate in, and offering my assistance was more likely to find me barefoot and in organizing their participation in playing in a creek than inside playing them. Lastly, I will be assisting the house like other girls my age. Some
things have not changed. I still very much enjoy being barefoot in a creek, but I now also enjoy playing house of sorts, I like to cook and bake, but my first love is still the outdoors. I hope my time serving as MITU’s resident Huron Pines AmeriCorps member is full of much learning about the TU community and I am going to do my best to contribute. One thing I would love to do this year is learn to fly fish and perhaps join in that passion which drives many TU members. Established in 2007, Huron Pines AmeriCorps builds the resources of key conservation partners, helping make the core groups in Northeast Michigan more self-sustaining, equipped to generate more support from their local community and positioned to make effective use of volunteers. Huron Pines AmeriCorps is supported in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, DTE Energy Foundation, Huron Pines and contributions from host sites. For more information, visit www.huronpines.org.
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The Conservation Committee has transitioned with the addition of a new chairperson and several new members. You can access www.michigantu.org to see the list of committee members and issue updates. This committee is committed to fulfilling the goals outlined within the strategic plan for Michigan Trout Unlimited. There are several issues currently that have gained our attention. Possibly most notable is the recent merger of the DEQ & DNR by Governor Granholm under Executive Order 2009-45 forming the DNRE. While MITU agrees with the combining of the departments, issue was taken with the elimination of the Water Resources Advisory Council (WRAC) and the provision that the DNRE’s new director will be a political appointment by the governor rather than a selection by the NRC. MITU’s Executive Director, Bryan Burroughs testified at the Joint Senate Natural Resources & Environmental Affairs/DNR Appropriations Subcommittee voicing MITU’s concern for maintaining these two items. He also pointed out that changing the departments name to DNR instead of DNRE would save beaucoup dollars, dollars Michigan doesn’t have. MITU Conservation Committee member Dan Keifer, renewed our attention to the most disconcerting issue facing the Great lakes basin; the potential invasion of the Asian carp into Lake Michigan through the Chicago Shipping and Sanitation Canal. This is a critical issue that needs to be prevented at all costs. MITU members, as well as many other conservation organizations, have been lobbying their legislators to enact immediate legislation to prevent any waterway breach that will allow these carp access to the Great Lakes. Please keep the pressure up on Lansing, Washington DC, on anyone who will listen. Jim Flamming, MITU Conservation Committee member, has been
orchestrating the “public comment” for MITU concerning GAAMPs (Generally Accepted Agricultural Management Practices) outlining Manure Management and Utilization and Site Selection for New and Expanding Livestock Production Facilities and on the Preliminary Draft CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation) General Permit. This issue concerns the contamination of Michigan’s cold water resources with animal effluent from large “factory” agricultural operations.
(Enhanced Oil Recovery) practices on literally thousands of abandoned oil wells in Michigan. Many of these wells are in the Pigeon and Jordan Valley area. In addition, natural gas recovery is being targeted at these same sites. This recovery very likely would be carried out through a process called “Fracking” or hydraulic fracturing. This involves a “witches’ brew of water, sand, formaldehyde, acids, petroleum compounds, and herbicides (highly toxic to fish) that discourages pump-clogging algae in wastewater ponds Over the weekend of August 7-9 there and tanks which is then blasted into the earth at high pressure, fracturing the shale. was a major contamination of the Black Dozens of other ingredients are unknown River in Sanilac and St. Clair counties. to the EPA and the public because the “The river is believed to have been contaminated from a high concentration of precise composition of ‘fracking fluid’ is conveniently said by the industry to be a manure that washed off a Croswell dairy field and spilled into a tributary of the river ‘trade secret.’” This quote comes from an article, Unnatural Gas by Ted Williams, in during a heavy rain.” Michigan the October/November 2009 Fly Rod & Department of Environmental Quality Reel. Read it! In addition, the CO2 (DEQ) representative Frank Baldwin further explained the “significant” fish kill emissions from the EOR process have not been fully quantified and tested as to the in the Black River is an “ongoing dangers of the technology to the investigation” that “may go into environment and public trust. litigation.” “We know it was a loss of On a positive note is the completion of oxygen, and we have enough evidence to the River Keepers Program manual by prove that,” said Baldwin. An exact MITU’s very own Aquatic Ecologist, estimate on fish loss is still being investigated yet one DNR official called it Kristin Thomas. This program outlines the methods and tools for volunteer the largest fish kill he’d seen in southeast monitoring of temperature, habitat, macro Michigan in his 30 years with the invertebrates, in-stream flow, and fish. department. MITU has taken a strong This is a chapter program and any chapter position for the enactment of measures interested should contact Kristin directly at preventing this type of occurrence from firstname.lastname@example.org. happening again. MITU continues to be engaged in commenting on the upcoming Inland Trout regulation changes from the Michigan DNR in 2010. The feeling within MITU is the DNR Department of Fisheries is very interested in our input, particularly from individual citizens, Hint Hint TU members! Dave Smethurst, a long time Conservation Committee member, alerted MITU to the reinvigorated push by the oil and gas industry to implement EOR There are still other issues that are ongoing and important to MITU and Michigan. This gives you an idea of some current issues that are being studied, evaluated, and discussed by MITU Conservation Committee members. We hope you will find this information helpful. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. More information on this issues, and others, can be found on our website under “Conservation”.
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During the 2008-2009 year the members of the Leon P. Martuch Chapter either provide funding to or directly participated in the following programs: Continue to work on various Cedar River improvement projects
Newsletter to members as well as provide relevant conservation and fishing content via our Chapter’s website. Our sincerest thanks to all you have contributed to the Chapter’s successes over the past year.
In The Classroom. In addition, we will be incorporating the MITU River Keepers Program in conjunction with our work supporting the Clinton River Watershed Council. Our final 2009 chapter outing was the Salmon Adventure 2009 held on the Pere Marquette River the weekend of September 25-27. Word was that the salmon were pretty tough to land this year. You’re maybe just starting to fly fish or like to help improve the rivers or even teach others your skills. Vanguard TU has many ways of enjoying all aspects of fishing and helping to protect the watershed. Come along to the fly tying sessions run by Bob Schwartz held, the third Tuesday of each month, at the Rochester Mills Beer Company. Vanguard also has monthly meetings, the second Thursday of each month, at the Rochester Hills Environmental Educational Center on Avon and Livernois featuring fascinating speakers on numerous fishing related topics. Check our website for meeting times and speakers. I encourage you to attend the monthly meetings or access our website at www.vanguardtu.org for more information.
Continue to facilitate the Cedars for It’s been a very English style summer; the Cedar Program – the Chapter planted cool with lots of rain and the occasion hot approximately 100 cedars on the Chapter days. Nevertheless, Trout Unlimited has property along the banks of the Cedar River. been very busy with the 50th Anniversary Continue to provide stream celebrations. Many thanks to Tom Quail, temperature and stream flow information to John Sabina, and Jeff Gerwitz for their work the Michigan DNR for the Cedar River – and representation at the events for also continued to provide results from our Vanguard Chapter. fishing shocking events (Spring/Fall) We have been busy with a variety of Set up and fund the Michael Caparon projects, events and outings. Heritage Park, State Council Fund – proceeds go the State August 30th, was very successful thanks to Council Pete Howard and Frank Penkala making sure all the kids caught fish and had fun. Continue to fund the Bob Phillips Through your teaching and encouragement Memorial Fund – proceeds go towards of the kids in Heritage Park, you have set sending local youths to the Youth Fly the seeds for great anglers who will also Fishing School have an appreciation and respect for the Set up and funded the Mike Turner countryside. Memorial Fund to commemorate Mike The Black River Restoration Project Turner – proceeds help fund a scholarship near Vanderbilt, August 7-9, was a most program for area youths enjoyable experience. This project Hosted a Family Fishing Day Event concentrated on fish habitat restoration and held at the Chippewa Nature Center stream bank stabilization. We had the majority of the projects members as 18 Provide Fly Tying Courses Vanguard members participated in helping Sent to local area youths to the annual make a real difference to this river. Youth Fly Fishing School at the RAM Kimberly Wetton, Chair of Michigan Center Trout Unlimited, is promoting Project Various Fly Fishing Presentations Healing Waters Fly as a program Michigan held at Little Forks Outfitters on Main TU chapters should get involved with. Street in Midland Project Healing Waters is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of Help fund the Michigan TU disabled active duty military personnel and Director’s Position veterans through fly-fishing and fly-tying Help fund the Huron-Pines education and outings. Several of our Americorps Volunteer Position members have expressed a very keen Helped bring the AEG “Trout Bum” interest in helping with this project. Film Series to Midland Vanguard chapter will continue its Continued to provide our quarterly sponsorship and involvement with Salmon
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Happy Holidays to all from the Miller Van Winkle Chapter in Northern Lower Michigan! We are happy to announce another Salmon-in-the-Classroom program getting underway at the Sheridan Elementary School in Petoskey under the supervision of Kathy Slack. It is a tremendous program with a lot of work, but great rewards when you actually see the children bond, name and care for salmon parr, then to release them for future generations to enjoy. Our monthly "Tie-One-On!" class has begun and is held the second Wednesday of
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each month at Horizon's Bookstore in Petoskey. We will be featuring various local Tying talents such as Ed McCoy who will join us in this winter to share some of his wonderful patterns that work so well on the PM and Manistee. Last year we had close to two dozen in attendance, and as the season progresses, we anticipate similar numbers. The MVW Chapter is also looking at venues to co-host a "Tie-A-Thon" with the Headwaters Chapter to tie a few hundred(or more) flies for the Project Healing Waters program that would benefit from our support. More information to follow.
In 2009 we introduced a new river guide titled “Pigeon River County Guide”. We combined three great trout rivers, the Sturgeon, Pigeon and the Black, into one 44 page, full color, comprehensive guidebook. This new book has been very well received by fly shops and fishermen alike. All of our River Guides are available from our website www.challengechapter.org and at your favorite fly shop.
are awaiting formal training from the USGS so we can commence some stream flow monitoring. The chapter supported Salmon in the Classroom programs in three schools. Various members made presentations to a middle school fishing club and helped with their fishing outing. A chapter member also taught and mentored at the Youth Conservation and Fishing Camp for the 12th year in a row.
We were active in the special 50th anniversary events. We maintained a We were very much involved in both of “booth” at the Michigan Celebration in July the 50th Anniversary celebrations. At and shared the hosting of the hospitality After another successful Children’s Traverse City, we hosted the hospitality suite on Friday night of the national meeting Clinic this past May, we have begun suite one evening as well as promoted our of TU in Traverse City. Members also making plans for next years annual event at raffle sales. participated in the hosted fishing day prior the Oden Fish Hatchery. A huge debt of to the national meeting. Our three conservation outings were gratitude to all the many volunteers who put well attended and we helped improve our We were more involved in fundraising time in especially Don "Buz" Lockman, river resources by partnering with Huron than usual this past year. In addition to who has spearheaded the education of our Pines and The Anglers of the Au Sable. We operating the trout pond at the Lansing resources for years, and Maureen JacobsStine from the MDNR who coordinates and also sponsored a “Salmon in the Classroom” Fishing Show we raffled off a very special program in Oakland County as well as 50th Anniversary bamboo fly rod by Bob making it possible for 100+ children to visit donated funds to Huron Pines, Clinton Summers with engravings by David that remarkable facility. River Watershed Council, Kalamazoo Riccardo. We also sold (and continue to Next year, work along the Bear River in Valley Youth Trout Camp and the Cedars of sell) special 50th anniversary fly boxes and Petoskey is slated for a Kayak Park and a the Au Sable project. lapel pins. Profits are approaching five new Trail System to prevent further For the year 2010 we plan to publish a figures. Other chapters have also shared in shoreline erosion. MVWTU has had a close this successful fund raising event and we interest and is keeping a close eye on future revised full color “Hatch Guide” and have it will be writing a check for 10% of the available for sale by next Fall. We are just developments. proceeds to the Michigan Council in the starting our revision of the guide book for near future. The 50th anniversary Stream Corridor improvement and bank the Lower Au Sable. The new edition will stabilization has begun on the Maple River be in color and updated for the road changes fundraisers were conceived by Carl Hueter and he has spearheaded this effort. The in Emmet County. We have begun the to McKinley road and improvements to Perrin-Lansing Chapter sincerely tedious task of collecting and recording access points below McKinley bridge. appreciates the tremendous amount of work data, planting wild grass seed, and locating Carl has put into this and we will all benefit former in-stream structures that need replacement or repair. MVW is working from the conservation work it funds. with the MDNR, Tip-of-the-Mitt and CRA This has been a busy year for the to make a comprehensive long term plan for Perrin-Lansing Chapter. On the this fantastic resource. We can only hope conservation front we participated in two that ten years down the road we can look Members of the Mershon, and Ann back and see a marvelous riparian resource work projects involving placing in-stream Arbor, TU chapters did riverbank that produces a healthy native population of cover in Tyler Creek. We also placed wood chips on the trail to the Au Sable at Guide’s stabilization work on the Rifle River’s West great fish for all to enjoy. Branch. Teams constructed 200 feet of tree Rest and did maintenance on our cedar Check us out on Facebook for updates and revetment, consisting of two rows of pine plantings across the river. Members also information going on in our area. participated in river clean-ups on the Grand- trees anchored to an eroding streambank. http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/ Red Cedar and the Au Sable. Members also This improvement will provide both erosion group.php?gid=47572284538 (Continued on page 20) received informal stream flow training and
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control and fish habitat. If you’re interested in this particular technique, please contact one of our chapter officers. We’re glad to have been part of this cooperative effort, that involved landowners, a government unit, and another TU chapter. Our first “Grub and Grin Gathering” will be on Wednesday evening, October 28, at a Saginaw restaurant. This event is the first of what we hope will be many monthly meetings for the general membership, and other interested coldwater fisheries enthusiasts in the Tri-City area. The Mershon Banquet last April made us enough money to fund a dozen requests for support. This year, more that $9,000 will be distributed to organizations working on the goals of Trout Unlimited. Our donations will help with large woody debris placement projects, bank-side restoration and stabilization on the Rifle River, establishment of a Salmon in the Classroom program in a local school, cleanup the Au Sable River, and participation of young anglers in this summer’s TU Camp at Higgins Lake. Members of our chapter recently participated in the annual Au Sable River clean up. Sponsored by the Au Sable Big Water Preservation Association, chapter members helped pick up a summer’s worth of trash in sixteen miles of the stream, below Mio Dam. As always, pictures and additional information are available online at www.mershon-tu.org, under the “Articles” tab, where many of our recent newsletters can be found.
This past spring’s resources project was a start, and a good one, but restoring Sand Creek to promising trout habitat will require future projects for sure. KVCTU members Chuck Mehne and Brad Parlato foresaw the need to begin the restoration. In conjunction with Alamo Township volunteers and KVCTU members a work force over 30 strong was fielded at 9:00 a.m. on the sunny morning of Saturday June 6, 2009. Several yards of rock had been ordered by Marshall Champion and had been delivered to the work site. Three structures were scheduled to be constructed. Upstream Ed Hoover and his crew built a K-dam to maintain existing outlets for natural springs and to create a pool and a riffle; which would in turn expose buried gravel. That gravel would then provide good substrate habitat for macro invertebrates.
Just before noon, a bountiful lunch of hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans, cookies, cake, and brownies was cooked and served on site by Sharon Champion, Jeanette Lagowski, Katie Maltby, Lynn Hoover and Judy Naylor. Thanks to all for helping to begin to restore one of SW Michigan’s neglected cold water resources.
The FWCTU recently completed a very conservation and fun calendar for the year and also elected a new slate of officers to serve and lead the chapter. Our Connors Creek restoration project completed its third year of work with immediate results observed. The work crew spent the summer removing tag alders, bundling and anchoring them, and clearing the streambed of debris. They had seen fish moving into the restored area soon after they moved from the area so toward the end of the work season decided to throw a line in the water to see what happened. Well, they soon pulled fish after fish out of the creek, many in the 6 inch or so size but also a few larger ones. The fish had been waiting for someone to come along and cleanup their habitat so that they could spawn and ensure their future. We’re very pleased with the results of our conservation project and will monitor using the MICorp Water Quality Monitoring protocols and regular visits. The project was completed with generous assistance from the Paul Young and Kalamazoo Valley Chapters, the Voelker Foundation in honor of Joanne Gagliardi, Plum Creek Timber Company, MDNR and the FWCTU. We recently received word from DNR that our Salmon in the Classroom (SIC) program has been expanded from 2 to 4 schools. FWCTU was approached by a group of 6th grade teachers in two schools, one in Marquette and one in Negaunee, to
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KVCTU Volunteers installing a K-dam to enhance stream structure.
Just downstream from the trail bridge over the creek, KVCTU Resources Chairman Brad Parlato and his crew built an in-stream stone structure and stabilized muddy banks with brush. Further downstream, Chuck Mehne and his crew built a large timber A-frame with logs and brush to maximize scour on a low gradient section of the stream and they also installed Autumn Olive and Honeysuckle brush, cut on site, to stabilize the banks by the structure and to provide overhead cover to protect trout from predators such as Kingfishers. Alamo Park Ranger John Ray expressed the gratitude of Alamo Township for the work of KVCTU and noted that he had occasionally seen trout in the stream within the park, but the work of KVCTU would likely result in an enhanced population.
Sand Creek, at least the portion that flows through Kalamazoo County’s eighty acre Alamo Township Park, is only correctly named by half. It is sandy, but it is not a creek! It is a drain which was ditched for some now forgotten agricultural purpose decades ago.
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Club of Bay City picks out, or recommends, a group of boys who may never have an opportunity to go fishing. Our chapter buses them to a camp north of Bay City where they receive instruction from chapter Board meetings are generally scheduled members on fishing. The chapter also for the fourth Tuesday of each month. All chapter members are invited to attend board provides a rod, reel, tackle box and tackle for each boy which they are allowed to meetings, held in the meeting room of The White Horse Tavern. If you’re interested in keep. The boys and instructors spend the night camping where the boys also indulge attending, or becoming a board member, We continue to support SIC at Gilbert in the time honored tradition of Elementary School in Gwinn and also assist please contact Pat Hughes at (810) 686embellishing their fishing stories around the another school new to the program, Supe2468 during business hours. camp fire. Some of the boys did not have to rior Central Schools in Eben Junction. It embellish their stories; there were several 5 will be quite a learning experience for both lb+ large mouth bass caught. To assist with teachers and students at all our participating the 50 year celebration/national convention schools in the central UP. in Traverse City this past summer our In February of 2009 the Arnold J. At our October meeting, a new slate of Copeland chapter of Bay City celebrated its chapter provided transportation for out of officers was elected. The new chapter state fishermen to visit the AuSable River president is Ken Snyder, Vice President Jim Silver Anniversary (25 years) with a for a day of fishing. We met the fishermen banquet that was a huge success. Some of Cantrill, Secretary Penney Kolasa and at the Grand Traverse Resort in the morning Treasurer is Dan Turner. We look forward the charter members were in attendance and and drove them to The Old AuSable Lodge honored for their early contributions to the to another activity filled year in which we in Grayling where they met their can spread our message of conservation and chapter. The banquet was not only a fun guides. After a day of fishing we met them event, but very profitable. habitat preservation. at Gates Lodge where we grilled hot dogs, In July we conducted our 5th annual provided a riverside dinner and some cold Youth Fishing Program. With the money beverages for the fishermen as they came raised at our banquet we were able to take off the river. We then drove them back to 24 boys fishing for a week end. The Boys (Continued on page 22) The Charles A. Fellows Chapter is again funding a Salmon in the Classroom program. This year we are assisting Josh Henley and his students at Lakeville Junior High School. The point person for the chapter for the past several years has been Dr. Mark Miller, DVM. see how they might participate in SIC as part of a revamped environment and conservation filled middle school curriculum. The TU chapter immediately committed to provide the equipment for each school, assist with coordination and setup and then ensure a successful release of the salmon in the spring.
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bring a vise and the materials to tie your favorite patterns, or simply come to observe and learn. There is no fee for these events, cash bar is available.
Arnold J. Copeland
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Following our spring banquet, the chapter presented a check in the amount of $1,000 to the Millennium Fund, Michigan Trout Unlimited. This fund helps underwrite the Executive Director position. Be sure to watch for news of our 2010 banquet, to be held Thursday April 15th at the Flint Golf Club. We will be holding monthly fly-tying nights on Thursday evenings in the meeting room of The White Horse Tavern on Grand Traverse in Flint. The next scheduled sessions will be November 5th and December 3rd, beginning at 6:30PM. We encourage anyone interested to attend. Just
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the convention. Chapter President Starland Smith and Treasurer Wade Lodewyk were able to meet a great group of trout fishermen from all over the country and really enjoyed hosting their day of fishing on the AuSable River.
Fundraising Banquet. The Chapter raised over $35,000 which was donated to programs supporting coldwater conservation programs. A total of $31,400 in grants was awarded to 25 to projects through the Chapter’s Annual Granting Program which is summarized in the chart below.
In addition to the foregoing, the Board renewed the $3,000 annual funding for the Lake & Stream Leadership Institute. The 2009 was an active and successful year Board also provided $500 in general support for the Paul H. Young Chapter. It began in to the Pere Marquette Watershed Council, March at the Midwest Fly Fishing Expo in $250 to support Michigan Trout Unlimited Warren, Michigan where the Chapter signed 50th Celebration on July 18th in Grayling up over 100 new members and continued in and $500 for the Kalamazoo Chapter’s th April with the Chapter’s 45 Annual Youth Trout and Conservation School. Organization Almont Public Schools Cedars for the Manistee Clinton River Watershed Council Conservation Resource Alliance Ferris Trout Unlimited Huron Pines Huron Pines Huron Pines Huron Pines Huron Pines Huron Pines Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation Paul H. Young Reeling & Healing Reeling & Healing Midwest Description Funding for conservation curriculum
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This year, the Chapter gave its Coldwater Conservation Award to Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation for that group’s advocacy on groundwater withdrawals and groundwater withdrawal legislation. In addition, $1,000 was donated to Trout Unlimited’s Coldwater Conservation Fund and $2,000 was given to Michigan Council of Trout Unlimited. Several other projects kept the Chapter directors busy this year as well: the Spring and Fall Work Weekends at WaWaSum, the TU Celebration in Grayling, and the Southeast Michigan Picnic. Turn out for the Spring and Fall Work Weekends was
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Grant $200 $500 $505 $2,000 $200 $3,000 $2,600 $2,700 $2,500 $1,700 $1,150 $2,000 $500 $750 $750 $750 $3,500
Planting cedar seedlings in protective enclosures along the Deward Tract of the Upper Manistee. Coldwater conservation project: Generating interest in trout fishing and Conservation. Stream enhancement through placement of natural woody debris, tree revetments and deflection logs. Big Rapids stream bank re-vegetation. Assessment of stormwater impacts to S. Branch of the Au Sable from Roscommon Identification and assessment of a dam as a target for removal. Replace the Hodges Creek/Black River Rd. crossing culvert to promote fish passage and reduce sedimentation. Eliminate obstacles to fish passage and sedimentation in key headwater areas. Support for volunteer conservation projects in each of the eleven counties in Huron Pines service area. Immediate response funding to address small scale watershed issues identified by concerned landowners or conservation groups To enhance effectiveness of MCWC in working to protect cold water resources from multiple water mining proposals. Ongoing support for salmon in the classroom projects Purchase of supplies for weekend fly fishing retreats for breast cancer survivors Funding of Gates Au Sable Lodge weekend fly fishing getaway for breast cancer survivors. Placement of large woody debris to enhance trout habitat and upgrade public access.
Upper Black River Restoration Committee In-stream habitat enhancement. Upper Manistee River Association
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fantastic with 30 attendees in the Spring and 22 in the Fall. Both weekends were spent collecting benthic macroinvertebrates from the Manistee River and its tributaries and then grading stream quality based upon the sampling results. The volunteers enjoyed hearty meals prepared by our chefs-intraining, Bob Batchik and Tom and Deanna Norton. On August 30th, members of the Paul H. Young, Challenge and Clinton Valley Chapters met at Riverside Park in Auburn Hills for an informal picnic. Chapter members were able to munch on hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, cookies and pop while listening to an excellent presentation on nymphing techniques by Jason Davis of Woodland Rivers Guide Service. The Chapter’s Holiday Social will be
held on December 3rd from 7-10pm in the Atrium of the “Rader Fishman Building” in Bloomfield Hills.
characteristics, quality and needs. We will be following this up with macroinvertebrate studies in 2010.
Big news on the Pilgrim River is that we along with Keweenaw Land Trust, several other NGO’s and Portage Township will be pursuing an Conservation Easement It’s been another busy year for on over 1,000 acres that will protect at least CCCTU. Kicking things off this Spring was 2 miles of river corridor and provide access th our 10 Conservation Banquet. Hats off to to the general public for a variety of Jeremy Shannon and his committee for recreational uses. More details to come on pulling off a very successful and fun event this project and how you can help in the on the campus of Michigan Technological near future. University. In doors, we assisted Keweenaw Bay In the field, chapter members took part Indian Community with fin clipping of in activities over on the Huron River again brook trout prior to planting and now that this year with macroinvertebrate studies in school’s back in session, our monthly May and October. Special thanks to meetings have begun. So far we’ve coChauncey Moran, Geri Larson and Liz hosted the showing of the documentary Coyne for their expertise in methodology “Waterlife” and have had fisheries research and bug identification, biologist Troy Zorn, give a talk on Sediment also thanks to the Traps. We are hoping to have a “fish MTU Wildlife Society cooking” demonstration early next year for volunteering many (kind of a play off the Food Network hours on a “day-off” shows), selling front row seats for those to sort and count bugs who want to be close to the action… BAM! and course to Dave Lastly, we are moving our newsletter to and Marcy Cella for their warm hospitality a web based newsletter format. Look for more timely articles on current events and and hearty supply of upcoming activities on our web site at: food and drink. www.coppercountrytu.org The Chapter also logged many hours on the Pilgrim River this summer, jumping back in where we left The Clinton Valley chapter has had a off from previous busy season. We had the best banquet we years to roll rocks and have ever had in March. We sponsored a create habitat for trout. class with salmon in the classroom and as a We also teamed with result 70 smolts were released in the Clinton George Madison and river this spring. We participated in 2 river Bill Wellencamp out clean up events and we repaired an erosion of the MDNR-Baraga site with the help of the Clinton River Fisheries Division and Watershed Council on the Paint Creek. We MITU (Kristen are looking forward to the next season and Nelson-Thomas) to hope to be even more active. establish monitoring sites at seven locations within the watershed to better understand the rivers physical
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Consumers Energy installed in midJuly a system to enhance Au Sable River water temperatures below Mio Dam. Called an upwelling system, it is designed to improve downstream habitat for fish and other aquatic organisms that prefer cold water.
The system acts very much like an air bubbler in a home aquarium. A compressor pumps air through porous hoses anchored to the bottom of the pond impoundment. The emerging air bubbles draw the cooler bottom water upward as they rise. This cooler water then passes through the turbine inlets and is drawn As summer weather warms the Mio into the turbines and discharged Pond, the warmer outflow water temperatures can stress cold water species downstream. in the river downstream. The upwelling The trick to the design of the system has been designed to use cooler upwelling system is not to allow the water from the depths of Mio Pond to cooler bottom water to mix with the relieve those temperature stresses on fish warmer water in the upper portion of the water column. Instead, the goal is for the downstream of the dam. upwelled water to largely remain unmixed During the summer of 2007, as it is drawn into the intake. Among Consumers Energy collected data to create a computer model of the Mio Pond other factors, this is accomplished by how the porous hose is configured, it’s and its powerhouse. This data included tributary inflows and temperatures, pond location relative to the intake and the amount of air flow used to operate the bathymetry (contours), meteorological system. conditions, and powerhouse characteristics. The computer model then was developed during 2008. During the week of July 13, workers from Kleinschmidt Associates and Mobley Engineering – the Consumers Consumers Energy presented the results of the modeling to the Muskegon, Energy contractors responsible for the design and fabrication of the upwelling Manistee, Au Sable Coordination system – were at Mio Dam putting (MMAC) Team. In addition to the together the system components. The Consumers Energy staff, the MMAC system includes two individual upwelling Team includes representatives from the units, one for each turbine inlet. The Michigan Department of Natural porous hose is arranged in a “spider web” Resources, the U.S. Forest Service, the configuration, which creates a circular U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the upwelling pattern. On July 16, the two Michigan Hydro Relicensing Coalition. upwelling units were finished and floated Based on the results of the computer into position. A float line then was filled simulations, an air diffuser upwelling system (bubble curtain) was proposed as with water, pulling the diffusers to the bottom of the pond impoundment. the best method available to cool water Compressed air was sent into the diffuser temperatures downstream of the dam. piping and after several minutes, bubbles Following consultation with the MMAC Team, Consumers Energy proceeded with began to appear on the surface. Different air flow rates were tested to determine design and fabrication of the system. best operating conditions for the system. The upwelling system is designed to One of the challenges encountered in lift cooler, water off the bottom of the the installation was the lack of warm impoundment pond so it can be drawn into the turbines and passed downstream. water so far this summer at Mio. Because of relatively cool summer weather, the It also helps draw cooler, denser inflows along the pond bottom toward the intake. temperature difference from the top of
Mio Pond to the bottom is not as large as in the past. The larger the temperature difference the more effective the upwelling system is and the easier it is to determine what air flow should be used. An added challenge was the wind. Strong winds blowing across the pond caused warm and cold water to mix, so the temperature from the surface to the bottom was essentially the same. Such transient conditions are not uncommon at Mio and after calmer conditions return, normal temperature stratification or “layering” may be reestablished. The cool water at the bottom of the reservoir is a limited resource during a typical summer. At maximum capacity, the upwelling system could upwell or “use” all of the available cooler water in a matter of days. This is why simply changing to a “bottom draw,” as some have suggested in the past wouldn’t be an effective solution. Based on the computer modeling, the initial operating strategy will be to run the system 24-hours per day, once the daily average temperature of the water coming from Mio is above about 68oF (or 20oC), after July 1. Consumers Energy will continue to monitor the Au Sable water temperatures and the operation of the Mio upwelling system to optimize use of the system. Consumers Energy also has installed upwelling systems at the Hodenpyl Dam on the Manistee River and the Croton Dam on the Muskegon River. Data is being collected for a potential upwelling system at the Tippy Dam on the Manistee. Each of these systems must be designed to recognize the different characteristics and cold water management strategies for each hydroelectric facility. Installation of the upwelling systems are part of Consumers ongoing efforts to protect the fisheries and other recreational opportunities associated with operation of its’ generation facilities.
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