Michigan Environment
6:00 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Another Million Raised For Dam Removal Along The Boardman

A group charged with removing hydroelectric dams along the Boardman River says it passed the halfway point in fundraising for the removal of a second dam.

Brown Bridge Dam has already been removed and leaders with the Boardman River Dams and Restoration Project say they are on track to have Boardman Dam down by the end of next year. That’s the dam that crosses Cass Street south of South Airport Road.

An aerial view of Boardman Dam and the road crossing at Cass Street.
An aerial view of Boardman Dam and the road crossing at Cass Street.
Credit Boardman River Dams and Restoration Project

This week the group announced it’s raised an additional million dollars, bringing the total raised so far for Phase II to $5.7 million.

Spokesman Chuck Lombardo says state and federal agencies see growing value in removing dams.

“When you remove that dam you’re able to restore the river to its more natural state and that benefits aquatic species and all the natural surrounding habitat in the river,” he says.

In addition to state and federal sources, money also comes from Rotary Charities of Traverse City and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians.