Cedar Creek Aquatic Habitat Restoration Project is the long name for a bridge over Cedar Creek, planned for south of McKeown Bridge Park off M-79. Two small culverts can’t handle the creek’s water flow, so will be removed, and the bridge installed, Barry Conservation District Executive Director Sarah Nelson said.
The project was made possible by a state grant secured by Nelson and several others committing to the plan. The total project cost is $392,300; the DNR Aquatic Habitat Program grant is $305,000. The remaining funds, donated labor talent and equipment are thanks to several partners, Nelson said.
The Barry County Road Commission, Michigan Cat of Grand Rapids and Nieswander Environmental are partners. Pierce Cedar Creek Institute donated the talents of two of its interns; they will be overseen by GVSU Professor Dr. Eric Snyder.
“We’ve got a fabulous team working on this; it highlights that conservation is everybody’s business and we can all work together. We’re excited about the project,” she said.
The bridge will be a 44-foot span of treated lumber, the most economical choice of bridge material and work will begin in September. Nelson is planning an August meeting for people to learn more about the project.