Rapid River Restoration Project
Kalkaska Conservation District
Basin Program Funds:
Two road/stream crossings have been identified as delivering excessive amounts
of sediment to the Rapid River, part of the Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed.
The two sites are steep, unpaved roads whose construction, in combination
with poorly located river crossings, causes excessive erosion.
The Elk River Chain of Lakes Steering Committee is a strong partnership of local
citizens and agencies committed to the stewardship of Elk River watershed natural
resources. Their paramount goal is to protect and improve the watershed's water
resources and, under the Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed Management Plan,
have identified priority road/stream crossings to be improved. The Kalkaska
Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service identified
6 road/stream crossings delivering excessive amounts of sediment to the Rapid
River. The 2 most severely eroded sites were targeted for remedial action. These
were Day Road where an estimated 100 cubic yards of sediment erodes down a 700
foot hill into the Rapid River annually; and Wood Road from which almost 80
cubic yards annually erodes.
In cooperation with the Kalkaska County Road Commission, which supplied the
equipment and labor required for the project, the Kalkaska Conservation District
used Basin Program funds to purchase materials and obtain the required permits.
Conservation District representatives also worked with the Road Commission
and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to complete design drawings.
The on-site work included paving the hills, curbs and gutters, at both sites
in a relatively new technique of berming the road edges with pavement which
directs he water off the road into settling basins. At the Wood Road site
they also utilized a poured-in-place culvert.
As part of the project, the Kalkaska Conservation District
hosted a tour to demonstrate the techniques used in the Wood and Day Road
remediation. Fourteen people attended the tour.
The project remediated both road sites and saved 81 tons of soil. Fourteen persons
representing several country road commissions, other river restoration projects,
soil and water conservation districts and state observers attended the tour
of the completed sites.
Contact: Ursula Gilmour, (616) 258-3307