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Grassroots effort restores another tributary of Higgins Lake

Little Creek new culvert
The new culvert at Little Creek is appropriately sized to let the stream flow naturally through the crossing. This allows fish to migrate from Higgins Lake to upstream habitat.

ROSCOMMON COUNTY – A tributary to Higgins Lake is flowing free now that a partially collapsed culvert at Little Creek has been replaced.

The old culvert was removed in September and replaced with one that is appropriately sized for the stream, allowing Little Creek to flow naturally through the crossing year-round and enabling fish to reach upstream habitat.

“Everyone who saw the success of Big Creek was keen to help out with Little Creek,” said Fred Swinehart, a Higgins Lake POA board member who led the charge on both projects.

Total project cost was approximately $35,000. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, and Michigan Department of Natural Resources provided technical input, and Walters Family Foundation also supported the effort.

Little Creek old culvert before replacement
The former culvert at Little Creek and Albemarle Boulevard was partly crushed, blocking fish passage and contributing to flooding and erosion issues.
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