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in its most natural state for the use of the public,
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Road Work on County Road AAA Polluting Wetland

29 Jul , 2014  

Road construction activities for the Lundin Eagle Mine haul route hit a spring and released tons of sediment into a wetland and the East Branch of the Salmon Trout River.

Over the past two weeks, Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve has been investigating and documenting a serious water quality concern caused by the road construction on the County Road AAA. A spring that feeds the East Branch of the Salmon Trout River had been ruptured during construction activities and it is releasing spring water into construction areas. The eruption of water caused significant and severe runoff of sediment into the stream. From there, the sediment was transported into a wetland downstream. After the wetland reached its capacity, the sediment continued downstream into the East branch of the Salmon Trout River. More…

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Keeping an Eye on Total Phosphorus in Lake Independence

22 Jul , 2014  

Volunteer leader Xavier Donajkowski steering the boat out onto Lake Independence to collect water quality information in 2014.

Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve is in the midst of the 2014 sampling season for the Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program. YDWP have been collecting data since 2010, and we have historical clarity data from 1974-1982. We intend to continue collecting information about Lake Independence water quality through this program indefinitely. The program is directed by a partnership between the MDEQ and the Michigan Lake and Stream Association. The goal is to provide water quality data for lakes in the state of Michigan in a cost-effective way. The data can be analyzed to observe long-term trends and will also be used to educate lake residents about lake ecology and potential threats to the health of their lake. More…

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Remote Logging Work Not Adhering to Permit Conditions in an Area Previously Protected by the EPA

10 Jul , 2014  

Trees have been pushed directly into the wetlands near Mulligan Creek.

July 10,2014

Northern Marquette County, MI – During the week of June 23, 2014, a reconnaissance survey of forest and wetland conditions on the Snowmobile Trail 5 route by the Yellow Dog RIVERKEEPER ® led to a discovery of road construction by Plum Creek Timber Company that did not meet with stated permit conditions. More…

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Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve to Receive Funding from Healing Our Waters

7 Apr , 2014  

Yellow Dog River Eroding Streambank

Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve has been notified of a recent grant award from the Healing Our Waters Coalition healthylakes.org to support the preserve’s efforts to restore an eroding stream bank in the Yellow Dog River. The grant amount is $15,000 to plan, secure permits, collaborate with partners, monitor the site, and seek restoration funding to reduce the flow of sediment entering the water at a site near Bear Lake beginning in May 2014. More…

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Digging for Truth: Non-ferrous Metallic Hardrock Mining on the Yellow Dog Plains and Recent Permit Changes

1 Apr , 2014  

Eagle Mine Portal to Subsurface Facilities

A recent public hearing on the new draft Groundwater Discharge Permit for Lundin Eagle Mine has once again brought to light the ongoing industrial activity on the Yellow Dog Plains. The hearing took place on March 25, 2014 at Ishpeming Westwood High. The complex saga behind the permitting of this project and the present interface between the nickel/copper mine and the public has created an undeniable More…

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Non-Native Invasive Species Removal in the McCormick Wilderness Area

17 Sep , 2013  

Christy Budnick and the European Swamp Thistle rosette.

In July 2013, Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve staff began guiding volunteers and field crews from partner organizations in to the McCormick Wilderness Area, a part of the Ottawa National Forest. This area is a 17,000 acre tract of rugged, rocky and hard-to-reach federal wilderness which straddles the Lake Superior and Lake Michigan watersheds. The YDWP received a grant from the National Forest Foundation to remove Eurpean Swamp Thistle and replant with native seed purchased from the Ottawa National Forest in wetlands and along trails as a part of the McCormick Wilderness Wetland Restoration project. More…

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