Stream Restoration Projects and Aquatic Insect Studies

OBTU’s 2019 conservation activities include financial and volunteer support for projects in both Wisconsin and Michigan in support of Trout Unlimited’s mission of conserving, protecting and restoring coldwater fisheries and their watersheds in the Midwest.

Our conservation financial commitments this year include Trout Unlimited Driftless Area Restoration Effort (TUDARE); Weister Creek multi-phase stream restoration plan in the Wiconsin Driftless Area; continued stream restoration work near Sparta, Wisconsin; and biological monitoring and survey work on the Coldwater and Dowagiac River watersheds in Michigan.

To learn more about the Dowagiac River dam removal and restoration plans, read the interview with Marcy Hamilton,  Senior Planner with the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission, who is overseeing the project.

Volunteer support is needed for our May 18 and October macroinvertebrate studies on the Coldwater River Watershed in Alto, Michigan outside of Grand Rapids.

Volunteers will also be needed to help build LUNKER structures for placement in a stream bed in order to help build wooden LUNKER structures for placement in a stream bed in order to manage bank soil erosion and to create overhead cover and resting areas for fish.  Our LUNKER work day will be held in June in the heart of the Wisconsin Driftless Area near Sparta, Wisconsin.

Our Conservation Committee is actively pursuing new conservation opportunities closer to home.  Beginning in 2019, we will be participating in the DuPage River “Adopt-A-Stream” program with a clean-up day scheduled for Saturday, May 4, on the West Branch of the DuPage River near downtown Naperville.

Oak Brook TU stream restoration work days typically consist of a few hours of light physical activity followed by lunch and member fellowship.  Our events are accessible, social, educational, and valuable to the environment.  Our members also typically try to schedule a little nearby fishing as part of their itinerary.  Since our Wisconsin and Michigan projects are three-plus hours’ drive time from Chicago, we try to facilitate carpooling for interested members.

For more information, please contact Dave Carlson.