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Michigan: Furlong Creek

Cattle Leave, Aquatic Community Returns to Creek

Waterbody | Problem | Project Highlights | Results | Partners & Funding

Waterbody Improved

mi_circleUnrestricted cattle access to a 4-mile reach of Furlong Creek caused impairments to its aquatic macroinvertebrate community. With the creek unable to meet its aquatic life support designated use, Michigan placed the waterbody on its 303(d) list in 1996. Project partners installed fencing to keep cattle away from the creek. Soon thereafter, the macroinvertebrate community improved, allowing the state to delist the stream reach in 2005.

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