Schedule

Our 2017 stream restoration and conservation project schedule consists of the following activities.  Since our Wisconsin and Michigan projects are three-plus hours’ drive time from Chicago, we try to facilitate carpooling for interested members.

June 3, 2017
Coldwater River Watershed Spring Macroinvertebrate Study, Alto, Michigan

Michigan’s Coldwater River Watershed Council will continue to receive both Oak Brook TU volunteer and financial support in the form of two macroinvertebrate study work days in June and October.  The June 3 study will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the meeting location at the Tyler Creek Country Club in Alto, Michigan.  Our chapter provides the basic field data that goes into the science of conserving the watershed as a coldwater resource.  Our work has increased in importance following the devastation last year in which vegetation was scalped from the river bank.  The effect of the changes in the stream will be measured, in part, by our work.  OBTU is represented on the Coldwater River Watershed Council by Marvin Strauch.  Contact Marv Strauch to volunteer or for more information.

Volunteers only need to bring a pair of waders for the study and their fishing gear if they choose to take advantage of some excellent Michigan area fishing opportunities. Volunteers are encouraged to plan some local fishing in the area or on the nearby Muskegon and Pere Marquette Rivers.

Read more about the Coldwater River Watershed macroinvertebrate study through an interview with Aaron Snell, Restoration Biologist responsible for the study’s structure.

Date To Be Determined, 2017
Stream Restoration Work Day, Farmer’s Valley Creek, Sparta, Wisconsin

Farmers Valley Creek in Sparta, WI will continue to receive both OBTU volunteer and financial report in 2017. Stream restoration work begun in 2014 will continue with the installation of lunker structures and bank restoration work to reduce both soil erosion and phosphorus discharge within the city of Sparta.  Our work day is scheduled on Saturday, (date TBD), from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers are encouraged to plan some local fishing in the Driftless Area.  To volunteer or for more information on this work day, contact Dave Carlson.

October date TBD, 2017
Coldwater River Watershed Spring Macroinvertebrate Study, Alto, Michigan

Oak Brook TU members will return to the Coldwater River near Alto, Michigan in October to continue the four-year macroinvertebrate survey as part of a Michigan Clean Water Corps grant which commenced in 2014.  The October study will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on a Saturday with the meeting location at the Tyler Creek Country Club in Alto, Michigan.

 

As with the past spring and fall surveys, audit teams will be formed, and each team will visit one of five sites along the Coldwater River or its major tributaries.  Each site will be observed for any physical changes since the June audit.  Then samples will be taken by volunteers using D-nets from the various habitat types within each site.  Samples will be collected into large pails before each team returns to our base at Tyler Creek Country Club where we will identify and count everything collected. This Saturday morning activity is usually followed by a cookout and the opportunity to do some local fishing.  Drive time from Chicago to the Tyler Creek Country Club is about 3.5 hours.

To volunteer for the June 3 Coldwater Study, please contact Marv Strauch at your earliest opportunity if you plan to be attend.  (mjstrauchjr@gmail.com; 708-638-1318).