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Projects

CURRENT PROJECTS

Green Lake Watershed Assessment

This project aims to assess the health of Green Lake and its catchment area, invest community members in water quality monitoring, create nutrient budget for the lake, and create a lake management plan. After this assessment, best management practices (BMPs) can be implemented to maintain a healthy cisco habitat, Green Lake’s aesthetic values, and recreational opportunities.

Gun River Sediment Reduction

We have partnered with Great Lakes Commission to fund* agricultural conservation practices that reduce the transportation of sediment and nutrients to the waterways of the Gun River watershed. These practices include cover crops, no till, reduced tillage, and filter strips. 

 

*Enrollment for this program has ended.

Gun River Watershed Management Plan

The Allegan Conservation District has received funding from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) to update the Gun River Watershed Management Plan. The funding provided by EGLE will allow the Conservation District to assess the progress made towards watershed goals, find where recommendations may need to be adjusted, and identify new concerns.

Photo courtesy of MSU CANR

Great Lakes Commission Project

In partnership with the Macatawa Area coordinating Council, we are recruiting farmers to plant another 300 acres of cover crops, and 3,900 feet of grassed waterways. Farmers, landowners, and decision makers are encouraged to participate in this program if your land resides within the following watersheds:

Peters Creek (Allegan), Upper Macatawa (Ottawa), Noordeloos Creek (Ottawa), and South Branch (Allegan).

Rainscaping in the Macatawa Watershed

Allegan Conservation District (ACD) is providing technical assitance to the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council with their rainscaping program in the Macatawa Watershed. 

Photo by Harrison Fitts

Kalamazoo Phosphorus Reduction Program

This program incentivizes practices on cropland that prevent nutrient runoff in the Kalamazoo River Watershed. Practices such as cover crops, no-till, and strip till offer many benefits - and we have funds to get farmers started.

Read more to see if your fields fall into the project area! Summer application deadline is August 31, 2021.

Regional Partnership Conservation Program with Barry County

Allegan Conservation District is teaming up with Barry Conservation District! Through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, we will be working with local farmers, landowners, and corporations to assist in implementing conservation practices in the Gun, Rabbit, and Thornapple River Watersheds. More information coming soon.

Trash Free Waters

Allegan Conservation District (ACD) partnered with The Macatawa Area coordinating Council to organize beach cleanups in Allegan county. Click the arrow to check for upcoming opportunities to participate in our cleanup events!

COMPLETED PROJECTS

Aspen Regeneration

The Allegan Conservation District partnered with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to turn mature aspen and tag alder stands into young forests. This restoration effort took place in the Allegan State Game Area and consisted of 14 sites covering approximately 90 acres.

Photo by Michigan DNR  

Oak Savanna Restoration

The Allegan Conservation District was awarded funds to restore oak savannah in the Allegan State Game Area. This restoration effort encouraged native plant growth which strengthened habitat for game species, birds, and pollinators. 

Rabbit River Sediment Reduction

The Allegan Conservation District was awarded funds to restore oak savannah in the Allegan State Game Area. This restoration effort encouraged native plant growth which strengthened habitat for game species, birds, and pollinators.