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April 1, 2014

Input sought on Boardman River plan

TRAVERSE CITY — State officials want Grand Traverse area residents to weigh in on a draft assessment report for the Boardman River.

The report, released this week by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division, details the Boardman River watershed’s physical, chemical and biological characteristics, and offers a host of proposed management options for the river and surrounding area.

Todd Kalish, Lake Michigan basin coordinator for the DNR, said officials are most interested in receiving public comments on the management options.

“Did we get all the management options right?” he said.

Officials will incorporate public input into a final assessment, which should be finalized this summer. Then DNR officials will start writing a five-year management plan for the Boardman River watershed.

Kalish said such documents help people understand the economic and social benefits of protecting the river.

“It’s going to help people better understand why it is important for us to protect brown trout, or restore wetlands in the watershed,” he said.

The reports also demonstrate how different communities within the watershed are interrelated and connected through the river.

“What someone does to the river in Kalkaska can have a big impact on what happens to the river in Traverse City,” Kalish said.

The draft assessment can be reviewed at michigan.gov/fishpublicinput. Hard copies are available at the DNR’s Traverse City office, located at 970 Emerson Road.

DNR officials will hold a public meeting about the assessment at the Grand Traverse County Nature Center, 1450 Cass Road, on April 14 at 6 p.m.

Comments can be emailed to Kalish at kalisht@michigan.gov, or mailed to the Traverse City DNR office.

The public comment period closes May 16.

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