The dam was slowly releasing water so it could undergo maintenance.
Asian carp were found within 80 miles of the Great Lakes, roughly 60 miles closer than they were at the beginning of this year.
Two juvenile Silver Carp, a type of Asian carp, were found in the Illinois River. The fish have been steadily making their way north over the last several years. Continue reading
A 170 year old dam in Shiawassee County finally has a clear future.
The City of Corunna had been challenging it’s ownership of the dam, saying there was a break in valid ownership back in 1979 when a deed was obtained.
The Michigan DNR has awarded one-and-a-quarter million dollars to 7 projects through its Aquatic Habitat Grant Program.
Friends of the Shiawassee received the single largest donation, $365-thousand, for their dam removal project.
Gary Burk is the Board Director for the Friends, he says the project is important for a number of reasons.
“We were actually approached by the State as to whether we could be a local agency to help direct grant dollars and project management for the removal of that dam. There’s a number of reasons for the removal. It’s a deteriorated structure, and we’d like to restore connectivity to the river. Plus, there have been some drownings at the dam.”
For a full list of the projects that were awarded grant money from the DNR visit their website here.
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.