dam removal http://michiganradio.org en Check out how the Grand River could look in Grand Rapids with river restoration plan http://michiganradio.org/post/check-out-how-grand-river-could-look-grand-rapids-river-restoration-plan <p>The preliminary plan to restore the rapids to a two-mile stretch of the Grand River is out. It’s the first real look&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Grand Rapids has gotten&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">at the proposed project.</span></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:28:18 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15388 at http://michiganradio.org Check out how the Grand River could look in Grand Rapids with river restoration plan Endangered mussel delaying Grand River whitewater project http://michiganradio.org/post/endangered-mussel-delaying-grand-river-whitewater-project <p>North America has the most diverse population of freshwater mussels in the world. There are roughly 300 species. But almost 40 have gone extinct in recent history. The presence of one kind of <a href="http://www.fws.gov/Midwest/endangered/clams/snuffbox/index.html">endangered freshwater mussel </a>is delaying projects to restore parts of the Grand River in West Michigan.</p><p>To find out more, I meet up with <a href="http://ecologicalspecialists.com/">Heidi Dunn and her two-man crew </a>at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids. They’re hunting for a beloved endangered animal - well, an endangered mussel – that Dunn loves.</p><p>“They’re not the charismatic megafauna. You know, like eagles and bears and other things like that. These are not warm cuddly fuzzies. They’re biological rocks,” Dunn said.</p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:43:43 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14937 at http://michiganradio.org Endangered mussel delaying Grand River whitewater project Michigan dams getting old, need attention http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-dams-getting-old-need-attention <p>FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A newspaper reports that many Michigan dams are old and need upgrades, especially the Hamilton dam in downtown Flint.<br /><br />State dam safety chief Byron Lane tells the Detroit Free Press that dams are like any aging public infrastructure. He says they can be a &quot;ticking time bomb.&quot;<br /><br />The newspaper reported Sunday that the Hamilton dam on the Flint River is considered to be in unsatisfactory shape, along with the Otsego and Trowbridge dams on the Kalamazoo River in Allegan County.<br /> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 17:10:23 +0000 The Associated Press 14634 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan dams getting old, need attention New partnership should give a boost to Grand River rapids restoration project http://michiganradio.org/post/new-partnership-should-give-boost-grand-river-rapids-restoration-project <p>An effort to restore the rapids into the Grand River is getting a boost from a <a href="http://www.urbanwaters.gov/pdf/May10PressRelease.pdf">new federal partnership</a>.</p><p>The rapids that gave Michigan’s second largest city its name are long gone. Hydraulic dams that used to power the furniture industry are major safety hazards for small boats and kayaks. They also block fish like sturgeon from spawning upstream.</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 22:30:13 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12527 at http://michiganradio.org New partnership should give a boost to Grand River rapids restoration project Yoga retreat & trout fishermen at odds over dam removal http://michiganradio.org/post/yoga-retreat-trout-fishermen-odds-over-dam-removal <p>A small but notorious dam on one of northern Michigan&#39;s prettiest trout streams might soon come down. But what fishermen value about the Pigeon River is at odds with how the owners of the dam view it.</p><p>Owners at Golden Lotus yoga retreat have twice made big mistakes operating their dam over the last quarter century. And each time, muck from the pond behind the dam surged downstream. It smothered river life, and killed tens of thousands of trout.</p><p>Dave Smethurst has been fishing, hunting and hiking in the Pigeon River State Forest for the last 40 years. And both times the dam failed, he was there to witness the destruction.</p><p><em>&quot;To see my river, and for trout fishermen rivers are very personal, to see my river devoid of life for several miles, it just wrenches your gut.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Smethurst is on the board of the Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited. T.U. is party to a lawsuit by the state of Michigan against Golden Lotus. The organization has been pushing for the entire dam to come out.</p><p> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 14:56:54 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 5100 at http://michiganradio.org Yoga retreat & trout fishermen at odds over dam removal Swimming Upstream: A dam problem (part 3) http://michiganradio.org/post/swimming-upstream-dam-problem-part-3 <p>All this week, we&#39;re focusing on stories about fish for our series, <a href="http://environmentreport.org/swimming_upstream.php">Swimming Upstream</a>. Dustin Dwyer traveled all around the Lower Peninsula for the series, and for today&#39;s story, he went to the site of a former trout farm along the headwaters of the Manistee River, near Grayling. Dustin went to learn about the complex world of dam removal.&nbsp; Here&#39;s his story:</p> Mon, 27 Jun 2011 17:23:26 +0000 Rebecca Williams 3030 at http://michiganradio.org Swimming Upstream: A dam problem (part 3)