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The mission of the Kalamazoo River Sturgeon for Tomorrow, New
Richmond Chapter is to support the reestablishment and maintenance
of a healthy, self-sustaining Lake Sturgeon population in the
Kalamazoo River system by assisting fisheries managers, promoting
public education, furthering scientific research and engaging
in other activities consistent with Sturgeon habitat rehabilitation.
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EVENT CELEBRATION ON SEPTEMBER 6:
THE LATEST NEWS:
NEW (Mar. 24, 2014) - We took pictures of the Kalamazoo River conditions
in anticipation of the arrival of the stream-side rearing facility
(hatchery) April 2. We will be looking for help once we get some
sturgeon eggs/spawn. The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) with
the Michigan DNR in cooperation and assistance with The Gun Lake
Tribe, Allegan County Parks and Recreation. Thank you for your
We look forward to having an informational meeting soon.
ARTICLE: Highlighting our
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River Conditions at New Richmond
For those of you who are interested in monitoring the River conditions,
The US Government maintains a monitoring unit at the North end
of the footbridge crossing the Kalamazoo River at New Richmond.
It measures temperature, flow in gallons per second and other
factors. You can monitor these conditions yourself by visiting
the following link: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/mi/nwis/uv?site_no=04108660
news update briefs:
Tuesday, May 14, 2013: News from
Last night, we tried
to catch some larval drift in the cone shaped nets up at the
dam without success. Earlier in the day, we had caught a 50 year
old female who had come to the dam to spawn and a younger male
who had come to see what he could get. She was not ready to give
up her eggs, so we kept her in a pen overnight to try again today.
No luck. We had to let both go. We will try again on Friday to
catch her and see if she is ready. We will continue trying to
catch larval drift at night for at least the rest of the week.
As of now we have only 4 small fish in the hatchery. We are all
hoping that the warming weather brings us success in filling
the hatchery. These are the two fish we had to release today.
The following links were provided by Al Weener, Monday May 13:
1. "Species Profile - Production of Sturgeon paper"
2. The current issue of the American Fisheries Society/Fisheries.org
publication featuring sturgeon info is available HERE
Wednesday, May 1 - from Ron Clark:
Just talked to Kregg Smith. There is a female (sturgeon)
at the dam, and it appears that she began laying eggs last night.
We obtained 8 or 9 eggs in the "mats" that are laid
out to catch eggs. Kreggs says he is optomistic that there will
be more tomorrow as the eggs reach the mats. They will be out
netting and shocking fish at the dam tomorrow. The 8 strugeon
that we caught several weeks ago still have not reached the dam.
They were implanted with tracking devices that work for about
180 days. Today was a good day.
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Our current goals are:
- Supporting the stream-side
rearing facility at the Allegan County Park in New Richmond
- Supporting research such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service grant to the Gun Lake Tribe. This grant has compiled
information on the Kalamazoo River juvenile population.
- Applying for grants for river bank restoration and habitat
- Educating and informing the community about the existence
of this threatened species in the Kalamazoo River through event
booths and community presentations.
- Forming partnerships in this work to promote a self-sustaining
sturgeon population in the Kalamazoo River.
- President, Al Weener
- Vice President, Tony Wolte
- Secretary, John Kalita, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Treasurer, Ron Clark, email@example.com
- At Large: Chris and Caroll Yoder,<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Board meetings are usually held
the first Mondays of each month. Location varies. All are welcome.
Email us for location if you'd like