In the summer of 2013, an earthen dam on Three Mile Creek in the Millecoquins River Watershed failed, sending approximately 4,000 cubic yards of former impoundment and dam material downstream. GEI Staff conducted ecological impact assessments on a quarter mile of trout stream and approximately 5 miles of the Millecoquins River to its outlet into Lake Michigan. Over the course of one month, the GEI restoration crew moved 205 cubic yards of sediment by hand, and seeded, blanketed and planted newly exposed wetlands with more than 5,600 native species. Coniferous trees were harvested from uplands to build 10 unique habitat structures over 500 lineal feet. The expertise and implementation by the GEI team led to State regulatory approval two years ahead of schedule. This reduction in regulatory expenditures and design/build capacity saved the client thousands of dollars, allowing member funds to be used for additional worthwhile habitat conservation efforts.
Additional Contributors: Todd Bowen, Brian Majka & Scott Dierks, GEI Consultants