Meeting to discuss Bean Creek natural features 6.17.09

Written by David Green.

A public meeting about the natural feature areas of Bean Creek is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 18 at the Hudson Middle School gymnasium. The meeting is organized by the Lenawee Conservation District.

The meeting will review results of a Bean Creek survey taken in March, and also solicit additional information from area residents on special areas in the Bean Creek watershed.

The Lenawee Conservation District office received a $10,000 grant from Maumee Valley Resource Conservation and Development—a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture formed to improve the economy and environment of a 10-county section of Northwest Ohio.

The grant provided funds to encourage the organization of local watershed partnerships among various groups and individuals with an interest in Bean Creek.

Judy Holcomb of the Conservation District office looks for a diversity of opinions in forming a Bean Creek marketing plan to “enhance visibility, strengthen partnerships and increase awareness of the importance of protecting watershed resources.”

Holcomb said in March that bank erosion and sedimentation in the river are the top two water quality issues. A best management practice will be developed, she said, that could include some dredging.

One question on the survey asked if Bean Creek should be designated as a county drain, but Lenawee County Drain Commissioner Steven May said his office has no interest in tackling a project of that scale.

Holcomb said she looks forward to giving watershed residents an opportunity to connect with a local natural feature and take a person interest in an important resource.

For more information about the meeting, contact the Lenawee Conservation District office at 517/263-7400, ext. 5.

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