Cedar-Ford Watershed

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Hydrologic Unit Code: 04030109

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Watershed Overview

The Cedar-Ford watershed is approximately 1029 square miles in size and has almost 53 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. There are several privately held hunting camps located throughout the watershed as well as industrial/state forest land areas. Fishing recreation, deer and grouse hunting, snowmobile touring, and cross country skiing are the primary recreational activities.

The watershed is primarily wetland and forest. Between 1996 and 2001, there have been slight increases in grassland and a slight decrease in forest.

Additional information is available at Michigan State University's Institute for Water Research's Digital Watershed Tool at: http://35.8.121.101/scripts/esrimap.dll?name=watermap&cmd=WFPage&huc=04030109. This site has interactive watershed-based information on industrial facilities discharge sites, toxic release inventory, permit compliance system, water quality stations, bacteria stations, national sediment inventory stations, best management practices, water quality observation stations, weather data stations, impaired waters (reach and area), landcover change (1992-2001), landuse 2001, soil, and elevation.

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Watershed Activities

The watershed areas of focus include watershed planning, Great Lakes protection, water quality protection, stream restoration and enhancement, aquatic nuisance species monitoring and assessment, water quality monitoring and habitat assessment, land use planning tool development, native plant restoration, invasive species monitoring and control, habitat restoration, land protection (zoning and conservation easement), erosion control, and public education and outreach.

Watershed Groups

For more information, see the USEPA “Surf Your Watershed” website at http://cfpub.epa.gov/surf/huc.cfm?huc_code=04030109 or contact the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality at 517-335-6969 to request a copy of the following reports:

  • MI/DEQ/WD-05/038, “A Biological Survey of the Big Cedar, Bark, and Ford River Watersheds Located in Delta and Menominee Counties, 2000”

Information on other Lake Michigan subwatersheds can be found at: https://wiki.epa.gov/watershed/index.php/Lake_Michigan#Lake_Michigan_Subwatersheds

Watershed Data and Information

USGS Water Resources Links for: 04030109 - Cedar-Ford

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Impaired (303d) Waters

A listing of impaired waters can be found on the U.S. EPA website at: http://iaspub.epa.gov/tmdl_waters10/huc_rept.control?p_huc=04030109&p_huc_desc=CEDAR-FORD

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Watershed Management Tools

Tools for addressing impairments in the watershed can be found at the Lake Michigan Lakewide Management Plan Watershed Tools page. Specific Lake Michigan Lakewide Management Plan Watershed Tools can be found at the following pages:

Subwatersheds for Cedar Ford Watershed

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Information on other Lake Michigan subwatersheds can be found at: Lake Michigan Subwatershed Information

HUC Watershed Name
04030109 0101 Twomile Creek-Ford River
04030109 0102 Hayes Creek-Ford River
04030109 0103 Headwaters North Branch Ford River
04030109 0104 North Branch Ford River
04030109 0105 Stafford Creek-Ford River
04030109 0106 West Branch Ford River
04030109 0107 Town of Northland-Ford River
04030109 0201 Headwaters Tenmile Creek
04030109 0202 Camp Creek-Ford River
04030109 0203 Tenmile Creek
04030109 0204 Town of Riverland-Ford River
04030109 0205 Ford River
04030109 0301 Sunny Brook-Frontal Green Bay
04030109 0302 Bark River
04030109 0303 Deer Creek-Frontal Green Bay
04030109 0401 West Branch Cedar River
04030109 0402 Pittsburg Creek-Cedar River
04030109 0403 Fortyseven Mile Creek
04030109 0404 Wilson Creek-Cedar River
04030109 0405 Advent Creek-Cedar River
04030109 0406 Devils Creek
04030109 0407 Depas Creek-Cedar River
04030109 0408 Big Brook
04030109 0409 Cedar River
04030109 0410 Walton River
04030109 0501 Fowler Creek-Frontal Green Bay
04030109 0502 Beattie Creek-Frontal Green Bay