As dam removals and restoration efforts proceed on the Boardman River, how is the fishery faring? How is Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) measuring, controlling and supporting the fishery? What about the increasing use of the river? Do the impacts of climate change and invasive species alter management options?
These are some of the questions addressed in this video – the second in a series of discussions led by writer and fisherman, Michael Delp. A keen observer of trout and the Boardman River, Delp visits the DNR’s Traverse City Customer Service Center to gather the answers from Fisheries Management Biologist, Heather Hettinger.
Hettinger is involved in stream, river and lake fisheries assessments, coordinating sampling programs and participating in the actual surveys. She is also involved in the planning and design of fish habitat restoration efforts and fish stocking programs.
In this conversation, Hettinger says Boardman River is in very good shape and getting even better with the removal of the dams. The fishery is good and will receive greater nutrient support after the new fish passage in downtown Traverse City is operation. A strong supporter of increasing public access and use of the Boardman River, she sees opportunities to manage that access and improve educational programs.
Watch this video for the full details.