Boyne River Sweep 2014

Goal: Remove debris from selected areas along the Boyne River Watershed.
Date: August 23rd 2014
Meeting Place: Boyne City, Old City Park Gazebo
Time: 9:00 A.M.
Cell: 231-675-1257
Equipment Required: Shoes and clothing you don’t mind getting wet or dirty.  Waders would be helpful.

Volunteers will meet at the Gazebo to determine numbers and plan accordingly.  Volunteers will will then disperse to selected road crossing, etc., to remove as much debris as they are comfortable with.  Afterwards there will be a “volunteers only” gathering at the Thirsty Sturgeon in Wolverine with volunteers from the other area rivers.

All volunteers who expect to attend should notify ahead of time, if possible.  If some volunteers would like to kayak or canoe the Boyne River from Dam Road to town, collecting debris, please bring your paddling equipment.  It would help to notify us ahead of time if this is your intent.  There will not be any guide to accompany those planning on this.  Please be confident with your paddling skills.

Annual Meeting and BBQ

The Annual Meeting (and barbecue picnic) of the Friends of the Boyne River will take place on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at 5 p.m. in the Veteran’s Memorial Park pavilion (207 N. Lake Street in Boyne City, next to City Hall).  Please bring a dish to pass.  Chicken, ribs and beverages will be provided. There will be an election of directors, a short business meeting (which will include a financial report and several reports from board members) and the annual “paddle award” presentation.  We hope to see you there.

Note:  As is the tradition, there will be no general membership meeting in July.

Boyne River Photo Project

Gary Osterbeck has undertaken the daunting task of creating a photographic slide show, compete with music, of the entire Boyne River.  The North Branch phase of the project has been completed and is posted on YouTube, where it can be viewed by clinking on this link:  The slide show beautifully depicts and describes various sections of the North Branch and its tributaries, and indicates which sections of the river are part of the Little Traverse Conservancy’s nature preserves (and, therefore, accessible by the public).  Our sincere thanks to Gary for giving everyone the chance to experience our beautiful Boyne River from any place, at any time.

FoBR Scholarship Awarded

Every year the Scholarship Committee of the Friends of the Boyne River picks a deserving student who is going to make a career in an environmental field to receive the Marie Zoberski Friends of the Boyne River Scholarship.  The money we use for this comes from Marie who donated the funds to the FoBR when she died.  In the past we have supported students who were going to be conservation officers, water quality specialists, civil engineers and in other environmental fields.  So far, they are all employed in an environmentally related field and are doing well.

This year the Scholarship Committee (Marie Sheets, Mark Contrucci and Nancy Cunningham, chair) picked Margaret Durbin.  Margaret graduated from Boyne City High School and has just finished her first year in the Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University.  She has been studying the water quality of the Red Cedar!

FoBR Quick River Updates

  • Boyne River Has CrowdHydrology Monitoring!  Check out the new “CrowdHydrology” page under “The River” tab above and become a Boyne River scientist!
  • Purple Loostrife is Back on the River!  If you happened to look last fall, there were a lot of the dreaded invasive Purple Loosestrife on the river around the millpond – especially on the side close to Riverside Park where the water is shallow.  Obviously, the beetles that Nancy Cunningham released six years ago have died out.  That happens when the beetles eat all the loosestrife (which is good for us), but bad for the beetles, since they  have no food left.  When Nancy recently got an email from the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council saying they were going to order some of the loosestrife eating beetles and wanted to know if the Friends needed any, she said,”Yes!” (This was a much easier way of getting them than wading around in Spring Lake trying to catch beetles while standing in hip deep water and struggling to get though the muck!)  After getting approval from the City, Nancy picked up the beetles from the Watershed Council, kept them dormant in her refrigerator and then, with the help of Marie Sheets and Mark Contrucci, released them in Riverside Park.  Go Beetles!
  • Watch Out For Meth Lab Waste!  The Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council has put out an alert regarding meth lab waste which is now being found along rivers in northern Michigan.  Such waste is highly toxic and very dangerous to people who encounter it.  To read the flyer, click on the “The River” tab above and scroll down to the “Meth Lab Waste” heading.
  • Put Your Pills in the Pod!  The Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council has embarked upon a media and education campaign to raise awareness about the Northern Michigan Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Drop-off (POD) Program.  The POD program is an environmentally sound way for residents to properly dispose of medications.  By participating in the program you will help keep our lakes, rivers and drinking water clean and our communities and families safe.  Click here for a flyer with collection dates and locations, including one in Boyne City this fall.
  • The Boyne River Sparkles!  As a result of the Northern Michigan River Sweep last year, the Boyne River, under the leadership of Adam Kennedy with his FoBR volunteers, is much cleaner.  For those who missed the opportunity to participate last year, another River Sweep is being planned.  We will keep you updated as dates and times are set for this year’s event.

FoBR Nature Area Project Nears Completion

The Boyne River Nature Area should be finished by the end of the summer.  There have been delays in finishing the project due to storm water problems in the east end of the Industrial Park last summer, last fall and currently. These storm water problems have impacted the ravine going down to the wetland part of the Nature Area.  After a rain, the ravine is severely eroded and there is a small lake at the bottom of the ravine. The part of the Nature Area that is by the river is finished.  You can walk on the pathway, go down the stairs, walk on the boardwalks and enjoy the river views. The problem is getting down the ravine. The City of Boyne City has been working to repair the damage, but it just reoccurs. The businesses close to the Nature Area also have flooding problems.  The City’s Industrial Park group has been meeting and discussing the problem and they have directed their engineering company, C2AE, to make a plan for solving the water problems.  In the meantime, the Nature Area project was placed “on hold” waiting to see the outcome of the engineering plan.  That has changed.  City Manager Mike Cain has approved proceeding with the Nature Area project and assured us that the city will not damage the Nature Area while solving the water problems. Nancy Cunningham has been talking with R&B Excavating and Bayko Concrete and the parking area work is scheduled for late June.  The signs are being worked on right now at the Woodshop.  Harbor House is working on the brochure for the Nature Area.  The landscape work will be started right after the parking area is finished.  Members of Boyne Valley Garden Club, as well as the Friends of the Boyne River, will be helping with the planting. We will have a dedication party in late August or early September to publicize the opening of the Boyne River Nature Area – at last!

A New Path to the River

Our River Path Engineer

For more Nature Area info, click the Activities tab above and then navigate to the Boyne Nature Area Project

Next Directors Meeting

The August Board of Directors meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Boyne District Library.  The public is welcome.


This website is dedicated to the communities that reside within the Boyne River watershed and to the many visitors that come here for recreation. We hope that everyone will find it to be informative and educational. It will help us to understand how the natural environment enriches the quality of life for everyone that passes this way.  Each one of us plays a role in the conservation of these values.
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