The Glen Lake/Crystal River Watershed Managment Plan has been given the stamp of approval by the Michigan Deaprtment of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The amendment and significant expansion of the original plan approved by the MDEQ in 2003 now meets the criteria for the state Clean Michigan Initiative (CMI) Nonpoint Source Pollution Control program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Section 319 of the federal Clean Water Act.
This revision of the original plan was crafted by Sarah U’Ren of the Grand Traverse Waterfront Center and funded by the Glen Lake Association, the Friends of the Crystal River, and the Leelanau Conservancy. The plan revision, enhanced to meet the EPA’s 9 required elements and the CMI criteria, allows GLA to apply for a variety of Federal and State grants and better defines our watershed priorities and plans for protecting and preserving our unparalleled natural resource.
Local and national officials, major stakeholders, and concerned residents of the watershed have guided the development of this plan. A big thank you to the following members of the steering committee who guided the revision process: Steve Christensen, Leelanau County Drain Commisioneer; Greg Goudy, MDEQ; Matt Heiman, Leelanau Conservancy; Rob Karner, Leelanau School and GLA Biologist; Mike and Sarah Litch, Glen lake Association; Vik Theiss and Tom Van Zoeren, Friends of the Crystal River; Matt Wisen, Crystal River Outfitters and Steve Yancho, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Our plan partners included the above steering committee representatives in addition to the following entities: the Michigan Department of Natural Resources; Conservation Resource Alliance; Natural Resources Conservation Service; Leelanau County; Glen Arbor, Cleveland, Kasson and Empire Townships.
A significant time and effort was expended to develop the revised plan. The planning process fostered coordination in the development, prioritization, and documentation of protection goals. This will enhance future cooperation between responsible parties during implementation of specific planned tasks.
A copy of the plan is also available for review at the Glen Lake Library and the GLA office.