Healing the Bear: Engineering Alternatives for the Lake Street Dam

Grant: # 1867

Grant Amount: $50,494.40

Board Decision Year: 2019

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (Petoskey)

Buchanan, Jennifer (jen@watershedcouncil.org) 231-347-1181 x 1112

2019 Habitat Protection and Restoration: Targeted Land and Capital Efforts (Including Barrier Removal) - Habitat protection and restoration

Project Summary

An engineering alternatives study for the lowermost barrier on the Bear River, the largest tributary to Little Traverse Bay, will be completed. Potential alternatives for the Lake Street dam include complete or partial removal, modification, or no change. Project partners will conduct community engagement efforts to solicit support and highlight the connection between the Great Lakes Fishery and coastal tributaries. The study will serve as the basis for prioritizing the future management of the dam.