King & MacGregor Environmental and Ecological Consulting Services

Dead River Riparian Corridor and Stream Restoration

Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) contracted with King & MacGregor Environmental, Inc. (KME) to assist in evaluating the Dead River corridor after a flood event. The 2003 event severely impacted approximately four miles of the Dead River corridor downstream of Silver Lake and also impacted facilities downstream to Lake Superior.

The goal of the evaluation was to assist in the preparation of restoration plans that would aid in the recovery of a native riparian plant community. A new stream channel, floodplain and wetlands were designed and constructed in the most heavily impacted portion of the upper river. KME assisted in preparing the riparian recovery plan by designing new wetlands and prepared a native species recovery plan for upland and wetland habitats including seeding, live stakes, and bare root plantings. KME worked with other contractors and UPPCO to develop site-specific plant establishment and plant material handling specifications for contractors.

Project Highlights

  • Conducted quantitative pilot-scale revegetation study

  • Designed customized native planting restoration plan for upland and wetland habitats, including emergent and forested wetlands

  • Customized soil amendment treatment regime: liming, mulches and mycorrhizal fungi establishment

  • Provided detailed report including contract seeding specifications and plant material installation details for contractors

  • Conducted on-site construction observation and monitoring of created wetlands

Project Information

Client: Upper Peninsula Power Company
Location: Marquette County, Michigan

Sand deposition and trees uprooted by the 2003 flood event on the Dead River

Dead River soon after recovery project reconstruction of the stream channel and wetlands

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