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Subject: DNR Releases Draft Tittabawassee River Assessment for Public Input

Oct. 6, 2008

CONTACT: Kathrin Schrouder (989)684-9141 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014

DNR Releases Draft Tittabawassee River Assessment for Public Input

The Department of Natural Resources today released the draft
Tittabawassee River Assessment, a document which outlines the physical
and biological characteristics of the river with suggested management
strategies for the future. It is one in a series of river assessments
being prepared by the DNR Fisheries Division for all the watersheds in
Michigan. Three public meetings will be held in October to receive
comments on the draft.

“Public input and response is one of the major components of the
Tittabawassee River Assessment,” said Kathrin Schrouder, a DNR
fisheries biologist in the Southern Lake Huron Management Unit. “We
are soliciting public comments through these meetings and comments
received will be incorporated into the final document.”

The DNR has scheduled public meetings to gather public input on the
draft assessment. All meetings will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Those
meetings are scheduled for:

● Friday, Oct. 17, at the Chippewa Nature Center, located at 400 S.
Badour in Midland. 

● Monday, Oct. 27, at the Veterans Memorial Library, located at 301
S. University Ave. in Mt. Pleasant. 

● Thursday, Oct. 30, at Riverwalk Place, located at 777 W. Cedar Ave.
in Gladwin. 

The meetings will provide a brief overview of the river assessment,
followed by a question and answer session and an opportunity to provide
comments. The draft Tittabawassee River Assessment is available online
at www.michigan.gov/dnrfishing . 

The Tittabawassee River is centrally located in the Lower Peninsula.
The Tittabawassee River basin drains an area of 2,471 square miles and
is the fifth largest watershed in Michigan.  The watershed encompasses
parts of or all of 13 counties. There are 91 miles of main stem
Tittabawassee River and 621 tributary miles. The Tittabawassee River is
one of the principal tributaries to the Saginaw River, and eventually to
Lake Huron at Saginaw Bay. 

The Tittabawassee River Assessment addresses geography, history,
geology, soils and land use, dams and barriers, water quality, biology,
fisheries management, recreational use and citizen involvement, as well
as other aspects of the river watershed. Management options are
identified to provide a foundation for public discussion, priority
setting, and planning the future of the Tittabawassee River.
The comment period will remain open through Jan. 16, 2009. Individuals
unable to attend these meetings may send comments to Kathrin Schrouder,
Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Bay City Operations Service
Center, 3580 State Park Dr., Bay City, MI  48706.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use
and enjoyment of the state’s natural resources for current and future


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