Vote online for the Quaker Brook Project!

Our friend and conservation partner Josh Zuiderveen of Streamworks LLC has been working on a restoration project for the Quaker Brook.  Quaker Brook is a degraded trout stream that feeds the Thornapple River.  Here is a write up by Josh;

Quaker Brook is a coldwater trout stream in the Thornapple River watershed.  DNR fisheries agent Scott Hanshue rates Quaker high on his priority list for restoration efforts and conservation practices, because of its cold water fishery value and its degraded state.   The Barry Conservation District is a finalist in the running for a MillerCoors grant to bring much needed financial resources to this valuable trout stream.  The project proposed by the Conservation District would address some land use issues in the following ways:

“The project will provide support for an agricultural operator to
design and install best management practices (BMP’s) for water quality
for the purpose of educating the agricultural community about BMP’s by
demonstrating their effectiveness and integration into the whole farm
operation. The target practice is riparian buffer installation, with the
addition of no-till, grassed waterways, livestock exclusion fencing and
/or comprehensive nutrient management planning as needed, based on the
participating operation.”

 This project is important both for its initial conservation practices, and demonstrating to the agricultural community how conservation practices can be useful, practical, and beneficial.   In short, it will show the agricultural community that many of the conservation practices we advocate for (BMP’s) are in their best interests, too. 

The winner of the Miller/Coors grant will be decided by online voting.  Voting closes March 26th at 5:00 pm, Pacific Time (remember, Coors is out West!).  Please vote, and spread the word to other cold water lovers!

You can cast your vote by following this link,

1 comment for “Vote online for the Quaker Brook Project!

  1. David Smith
    April 6, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Congratulations to the Thornapple Watershed Council!

    The Winners Announced in MillerCoors-River Network Watershed Grants Contest on 03/31/2010

    MillerCoors and River Network today announced the recipients of $50,000 in grants to local non-profits. The funds, part of MillerCoors $75,000 donation to River Network, will go toward protecting and restoring local water resources through agricultural means.

    The winning organizations were chosen by the public through an online voting competition in which more than 14,000 people voted.

    MillerCoors and River Network awarded the organization with the most votes, Thornapple River Watershed Council in Caledonia, MI, a $25,000 grant to complete its proposed project.

    The second place winner, Dan River Basin Association in Eden, NC, received $15,000 and the third place vote-recipient, Butler Soil and Water Conservation District in Hamilton, OH, received $5,000.

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