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Article source: The Alpena News

Conservation organization Huron Pines has completed the fourth in a series of road/stream crossing restoration projects reconnecting vital coldwater habitat on two tributaries of the Thunder Bay River.

A new timber bridge now stands where Schmallers Road crosses Hunt Creek southwest of Atlanta. It replaces a set of three undersized steel pipe culverts that had been causing Hunt Creek to flow too fast through the crossing, contributing to erosion and creating a barrier for fish.

The Schmallers Road timber bridge project cost approximately $350,000. Funding comes from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s National Fish Passage Program, Great Lakes Fishery Trust and Walters Family Foundation.

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