Erosion alert: Coldwater River

coldwater erosionSome recent tree removal and bank destabilization has occurred on the Coldwater River, upstream of Freeport.  Our understanding is that this work was performed by the Intercounty Drain Board to facilitate flood control in the watershed.

To date, Schrems TU has been in contact with representatives of the Intercounty Drain Board, Coldwater River Watershed Council, MDEQ, and MDNR to gain a better understanding of the issues and work toward a swift resolution (i.e. bank restoration) of the matter.

A public meeting facilitated by the State of Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is scheduled for 9:30 am on Thursday, April 16 at Freeport Fire Station, 100 State Street, Freeport, MI.

Schrems TU representatives will be present, and we encourage our members to attend.

7 comments for “Erosion alert: Coldwater River

  1. Ron Barch
    April 10, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Thank you for this announcement. It is much appreciated. One cannot appreciate the loss of habitat or potential for further damage without actually seeing first hand what has been done to one of “Our Rivers”.
    It saddens me to think after all the time and resources that have been invested in the Coldwater so much could have been lost in so short amount of time. Please attend a meeting, write a letter, make a phone call or e mail to save what is left of “Our River”.

  2. Ron Barch
    April 11, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    A public meeting is scheduled for Thursday April 16th at 9:30 am in Freeport Michigan at the Fire Barn to discuss this situation. The more concerned individuals that attend the more likely this disaster can find a silver lining. Please let other know of this meeting. Thanks.

  3. John Sunbachs
    April 14, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Do you have contact information for any of the entities involved in this decision making process?

  4. Ron Barch
    April 14, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Contact Mr. Russ Yarger, Barry County Drain Commission, 269 945 1385 and/or James McManus, Barry County Planning and Zoning, 269 945 1290. Both gentlemen have offices in Hastings, Michigan. Thank You for your interest.

  5. Brent Bodnar
    April 15, 2015 at 9:28 am

    This has really been bothering me. I discovered this river last year and really enjoyed it the few times that I was out there. How for downstream has this silt and sediment travelled ? Hopefully they can get these banks stabilized ASAP. Is it still fishable downstream at the TU Property ?

  6. Bruce
    April 15, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    pdf of notice of meeting with date time place and contact info at

  7. Ron Barch
    April 17, 2015 at 7:32 am

    For those TU members that attended the Drain Board Meeting on April 16th in Freeport Michigan, concerning the Coldwater and Little Thornapple rivers, Thank You.

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