State officials said Michigan went a little dam crazy in the early-to- mid 1800s. The DNR said most of these dams were used for grain mills.
Officials said the state has some 2,500 dams, and many are not needed anymore. In some cases the old dams are unsafe.
Contributions are coming in to remove a “high hazard” dam from the Flint River.
The Hamilton Dam project recently picked up a $50,000 grant from the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network.
The Flint Watershed Coalition will use the grant to help demolish the dam, and construct a series of rock rapids that will take its place.
Sandy beaches may be what dreamy travel magazines are made of, but sand was the downfall of a Traverse City Dam removal that failed nearly two years ago.
The state has released a report detailing the investigation of the Brown Bridge Dam. It says internal erosion of a temporary dewatering structure was the most likely cause. That erosion, the report said was the result of unstable subsurface soil. Continue reading
Michigan announced this week its initial $1 million investment into the new Aquatic Habitat Grant program.