The chapter raised a total of $6,815 for conservation management on the Coldwater River.
The Coldwater River flows for approximately 20 miles through Barry and Kent counties near Hastings and Freeport, Michigan. It flows into the Thornapple River and is part of the Grand River watershed. Tyler Creek is a significant tributary of the river. Both the Coldwater River and Tyler Creek are designated trout streams and have long been a focus of SWMTU conservation efforts.
Reports from the Coldwater River
With your help, we believe we can double the $2,100 grant and get $1,000 from Orvis.
The $2,100 grant will go toward the Coldwater River Monitoring Project, specifically to cover the cost of temperature loggers placed in the river.
Fish were tagged and recorded, including many brown trout in the 12 to 14-inch range.
About 20 logjams were modified on the Coldwater River to provide better fish cover, stabilize banks, and open new spawning beds.
Brook View Dairy is being investigated by the Michigan DEQ for the March 6 manure spill.
SWMTU was a long-time deed holder of what’s commonly called the “Dolan Property” along the Coldwater River near Freeport, Mich. That property is no longer managed by SWMTU. The deed was transferred to the Michigan Nature Association in 2016. Below here are a couple of links we retain for historical purposes only:
Historical Background: Dolan Natural Area
Historical Document: Dolan Property management plan