Michigan

Three Dams Coming Out: Cold Water Fisheries Will Benefit

At a meeting last week, city and county commissioners voted to remove the Boardman, Brownbridge, and Sabin Dams while keeping the Union Street dam, all in Grand Traverse County.

On April 9, 2009, the Traverse City Council and the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners met in a joint session to act on the recommendations of the Implementation Team and the Boardman Rivers Dam Committee (BRDC).  After several presentations, public comments and discussion the Council and the Commissioners approved the removal of the three dams.

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Public Input Sought in Removal of Hydroelectric Dams

Six years ago, Traverse City Light and Power, the owner of the hydroelectric projects on the Boardman River decided that the economic and environmental benefits to be gained by discontinuing to operate the projects would be greater than the benefits provided by power generation.

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