By Rochelle Dale
Octobers on the Yellow Dog always remind me of Aunt Mildred and my mom and dad. They would have been in their seventies at the time, back in the early 1990s. We were driving along the Toboggan road that runs parallel with the river when Mildred pointed out a young spruce tree covered in the yellows and reds of fallen maple leaves. She said, “Why, that’s as pretty as any Christmas tree I ever did see. “ More…
Big Bay, MI – The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve is looking for people who love the outdoors and are interested in volunteering and learning more about stream ecology. Volunteers will help collect water quality information for the Yellow Dog and Salmon Trout Rivers alongside YDWP staff this fall and no prior experience is necessary. This project is part of the Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program established by Micorps (Michigan Clean Water Corps) which provides technical assistance, training and grants to volunteer stream monitors and watershed groups in Michigan.
The Volunteer Stream Monitoring project will consist of eighteen sites that are sampled twice a year, once in spring and once in fall throughout the Yellow Dog and Salmon Trout River watersheds. Stream monitoring for each site will be scheduled and all sites will be completed in about 2-4 weeks. Volunteers can pick days that they can help out with the actual monitoring, weather dependent. The training day of the project will take place this fall at 10 a.m. on Saturday September 27, 2014. The day of training will start at the Powell Township School (Big Bay) in the board room. After this, the volunteers will go out in the field for lunch (please bring a bag lunch) and begin in-stream training at a site until 3:00 p.m. Participants should bring waders or tall boots in they have them, but it is not required. Participants should also come prepared for outdoor weather in the UP!
Once again, no experience is necessary. The mission of YDWP is to preserve and protect the Yellow Dog River in its most natural state, for now, and for the benefit of future generations. If you are interested in helping us with this project please reserve your spot by calling (906) 345-9223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On August 4, 2014 the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Water Resources Division issued a Violation Notice to the Marquette County Road Commission for an unlawful discharge of sediment and turbid water into a wetland ravine, tributary, and the East Branch Salmon Trout River during the creation of the haul road for Lundin Eagle Mine. The unlawful discharge was created when excavation for the new County Road AAA road corridor reached groundwater level and water began to flow out of the construction site, down slope, and into nearby waterways.
We never really decided on a name for ourselves: Thistle Exterminators, Thistle Destroyers, The Thistle Queens, to name a few. We also never really thought we would still be working on this project.
In 2009, former YDWP director, Emily Whittaker, received a grant from the National Forest Foundation to do an invasive plant survey in the McCormick National Wilderness Area where the Yellow Dog River begins and where it flows for its first several miles. To our surprise, we discovered a host of invasives: yellow and orange hawk weed, birdsfoot trefoil, knapweed, and European swamp thistles. Of all these invasives, the swamp thistle was predominant. More…