Restoration of Hydrological Function to the Dowagiac River

Grant: # 1971

Grant Amount: $150,000.00

Board Decision Year: 2021

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (Dowagiac)

Dueweke, Anne (anne.dueweke@pokagonband-nsn.gov) 269-519-0768

2021 Habitat Protection and Restoration - Habitat protection and restoration

Project Summary

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (“Pokagon Band”) seeks to restore historic meanders to the Dowagiac River, which was dredged, straightened, and disconnected from its floodplain in the early 1900’s. Meanders restoration will increase the system’s resiliency, reduce turbidity, increase wetland acreage, and create more functional in-stream habitat. The restoration will benefit multiple species, including potamodromous fish, turtles, and waterfowl, and allow tribal citizens to fish from tribal properties for salmonid and non-salmonid migratory fish.