Three sets of rocks (wiers) built with 18-24 inch-diameter boulders were placed across a 35-foot-wide outlet channel (leading to Stony Creek) to create a five percent slope. It all took place in a 110-foot long stretch. About 50 acres of shallow water flooding were restored through the project, which was funded by the Michigan Wildlife Conservancy and Clinton County. The Timberland Resource Conservation and Development Area Council coordinated a study of hydrologic conditions, and many other organizations worked to obtain state approvals for the project.
At the May 16 event, project organizers, including Gary Fritz of the Clinton County Conservation District, recalled the many state-imposed administrative hurdles that had to be overcome. It took intensive efforts over the past five years to get permits for the project, noted Fritz.