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E-M:/ Sediment Samples to be Collected in Boardman Ponds Beginning June 20



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 17 June 2005
CONTACT: Todd Kalish 231-922-5280, ext. 6870; Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014

Sediment Samples to be Collected in Boardman Ponds Beginning June 20

Michigan Department of Natural Resources fisheries managers today announced that sediments samples will be taken from three Boardman River ponds to provide information that will help direct future studies about the fate of the Union Street, Sabin, Boardman and Brown Bridge dams. This is a cooperative effort involving the DNR, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Great Lakes Environmental Center.

Collection of the sediments samples will be done aboard The Mudpuppy, a research vessel operated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Samples are scheduled to be taken from the Boardman Pond on June 20, Sabin on June 21 and Brown Bridge on June 22 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day, subject to weather conditions. The research vessel will access Sabin Pond by crane since no boat launch facility exists at that site.

On May 31, a settlement agreement was finalized among the DNR, DEQ, city of Traverse City, Grand Traverse County, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Michigan Hydro Relicensing Coalition, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Traverse City Light and Power. The agreement will establish a team consisting of a variety of groups, organizations and individuals to develop recommendations concerning the fate of the Boardman River dams since Traverse City Light and Power will no longer use the dams to generate hydroelectric power since the operations are not economically viable.
  
"Over the next several months, an immense amount of data about the dams, impoundments and the river will be compiled, including data generated from past studies, such as the 2002 analysis of sediments in Boardman Lake," said Todd Kalish, DNR biologist.
 
Kalish said the samples will be analyzed to determine grain size of sediments and the presence of any pollutants. The results will help direct a future engineering/feasibility study.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.

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