Preserving the Yellow Dog Watershed
in its most natural state for the use of the public,
now, and for the benefit of future generations.

March Community Forest Concert

26 Mar , 2016  

The Michigan G-Men of Ann Arbor will be performing for YDWP on March 26, 2016 in support of the Yellow Dog River Community Forest project. The all male group performs a cappella and is nationally renowned for their unique talents. The G-Men have competed in ICCA Finals in New York City’s Town Hall, toured extensively across the US, and performed privately for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Check out their sound by visiting their website: http://www.thegmen.org/

The event begins at 5pm at Coco’s Restaurant in Marquette. Donations are greatly appreciated at the door and will go toward the purchase and establishment of the Yellow Dog River Community Forest. Many items will be available through our silent auction, including vacation home rentals, massage gift certificates, art, and local treats. There will also be a short presentation about the project and our fundraising status as well as a performance by Milo Birch (http://www.milobirch.com/). The G-Men will then take the stage and share their voices and talents by closing out the evening at 8pm.

All proceeds go toward the fundraising goal, so be there and bring friends!

The Michigan G-Men will perform on March 26 to benefit YDWP.

The Michigan G-Men will perform on March 26 to benefit YDWP.

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The Battle of Invasive vs Native Plants in the U.P.

29 Jan , 2015  

The Battle of Invasive vs Native Plants in the U.P.

Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve and partner organizations will share the successes and challenges in combating invasive species. Please join us in the Marquette Arts and Culture Center Workshops 3 and 4 (in the basement of the Peter White Public Library) to hear news from the front lines of conservation in the central Upper Peninsula. Free and open to the public. Call (906) 345-9223 to reach Yellow Dog office for more information.

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Yellow Dog Watershed 19th Annual Meeting Chili Cook Off

4 Nov , 2014  

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Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve will celebrate 19 years of memories and hard work protecting of some of the most treasured places in Marquette County. Join us at our event from 6 -10:30 pm at Ore Dock Brewing Company with events to include: a chili cook off for local restaurants, the ever-popular and unique silent auction, Patagonia raffle prizes, and live local music.

We will offer donated chili from eleven restaurants around the area which will be competing in a taste testing competition voted on by you! These restaurants include: BabyCakes Muffin Company, Bayou Inn Restaurant & Pub, Dia de los Tacos, Donckers, Landmark Inn, Marquette Food Co-op, Outlanders, Paladino’s Cafe, Root 41 Restaurant, Stucko’s Pub & Grill, and Sweet Water Cafe. Eat your fill of all kinds of delicious chili and vote! Our silent auction goods are generously provided by craftsmen and artists from around the U.P. Also, the raffle prizes were kindly donated by Patagonia Chicago. Enter for your chance to win high quality fine wool long-johns, belts, hats, t-shirts and backpacks. Music will be provided by local musicians: Elsa VanGrinsven and Mike Kantola, and will close with a lively set by Log Jam.

Support our cause, members and non-members are all welcome at this shin-dig for the ages. The entry cost is $10 (non-members) $8 (members) and includes all-you-can-eat chili. Kids under 12 eat free. Doors open at 6 pm, meeting at 6:30 – 7pm. YDWP is a registered 501(c)3 charity organization in Big Bay. It has operated since 1995 with a mission to preserve and protect the Yellow Dog Watershed, in its most natural state for use of the public, now, and for the benefit of future generations.

Tickets available at the door.

Community members socialize and browse through auction items during the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve's annual member meeting and fundraising event at the Ore Dock Brewing Company in downtown Marquette, MI on November 13, 2013.  (photo by Ronen Zilberman of MarquetteMagazine.com)

Community members socialize and browse through auction items during the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve’s annual member meeting and fundraising event at the Ore Dock Brewing Company in downtown Marquette, MI on November 13, 2013. (photo by Ronen Zilberman of MarquetteMagazine.com)

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news,Sulfide Mining

Michigan Court of Appeals Affirms Eagle Mine’s Permits

15 Aug , 2014  

Aerial view of the Lundin Eagle Mine on 7-31-2014. Courtesy of Jeremiah Eagle Eye.

On August 13, 2014, the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court’s decision to continue the Lundin Eagle Project, the only mine in the U.S. where nickel is the primary targeted material in addition to copper. The original co-petitioners against the permitting of the mine include: Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve (YDWP), National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC), and the Huron Mountain Club (HMC). The operation has been in development since 2003 and in litigation since 2006. More…

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news,Sulfide Mining,Water Quality

Marquette County Road Commission in Violation of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act

14 Aug , 2014  

Wetland receiving unlawful sediment deposits and unnatural turbidity as a result of road construction.

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.

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Education & Outreach,news,programs,Water Quality

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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